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Old 11-22-2011, 09:11 AM
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OK, got some time to investigate this truck this morning. The firewall tag is there, and readable. It shows *98RC*343299*C8. The firewall just below the cowl vent has this series of letters/numbers; 4C3L2D388. I found the serial number on the passenger side frame rail, starting at the 2 large rivets for the frame corner brace. So far I can see the RC and the 343299 but not yer found the rest of the digits or the stars, got to get better access.
This truck is a floor shift, small window, and it does have the raised bed panels. It appears to have a factory heater.
Can you tell me the assembly plant, original color (has green paint in many places) and the cab build date?

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UPDATE: the last three digits of the serial number are 229, not 299, sorry, my typo.

 

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Old 11-22-2011, 05:45 PM
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Originally Posted by walt460 View Post
OK, got some time to investigate this truck this morning. The firewall tag is there, and readable. It shows *98RC*343299*C8. The firewall just below the cowl vent has this series of letters/numbers; 4C3L2D388. I found the serial number on the passenger side frame rail, starting at the 2 large rivets for the frame corner brace. So far I can see the RC and the 343299 but not yer found the rest of the digits or the stars, got to get better access.
This truck is a floor shift, small window, and it does have the raised bed panels. It appears to have a factory heater.
Can you tell me the assembly plant, original color (has green paint in many places) and the cab build date?

Walt
Hi Walt,
8's and 3's look a lot like "S" on these stamping so I'm giving it an educated guess here - on the serial number the C8 should read CS especially given the PA title.

I think the firewall code should read 4 CS L2 D388

4 is the color code and I have a note showing Chester PA plant using the 4 code for Meadow Green.

CS is Chester PA assembly plant

L2 is November 2nd

D388 is vehicle down the line.

I don't have much info for Chester built trucks - the ones I do have tend to be fleet or special use trucks. This is the first one with a firewall stamping so I'm grateful that you took time to post it.
 
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Old 11-22-2011, 08:18 PM
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Thanks for the info! You could very well be right about the C8 being a CS, and the C3 being a CS as well, it was cold out and raining when I was checking them numbers!

Built November 2nd.......but what year? 1949 or 1950?

UPDATE: You are correct, further cleaning has confirmed that both the firewall ID plate and the stamping on the cowl area show CS. Thanks!
 
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Old 11-22-2011, 11:38 PM
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'50 as near as I can tell. Ford issued blocks of numbers to plants and some used them faster than others, so it's not an exact science.
 
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Old 11-27-2011, 09:14 AM
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F-1 on EBay

There is a 1949 F-1 truck on EBay today, selling as parts only, but he posted a photo of the firewall plate with serial number. It is 98RC205799, and being sold out of Lawton OKla.
The truck has raised panel bed, and a small rear window.

There is also a 1950 F-1 truck, 98RC455389, V8 truck, 3 speed on floor, flat-sided bed that seller claims is original to truck. Small back window. it is in Ottertail, MN.

And there is a 1949 F-2, serial # 98RD251666 listed for sale in Swaledale, IA, it is a V8 truck, floor shift, raised panel bed, small window.

Not sure if you want info like this, so please advise.
 
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Old 12-02-2011, 11:25 AM
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my vin? ???

I have a truck with a title that says 1950 and the vin # 98crc354199 but the body style is a 51. What is the deal? Thanks jeff
 
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Old 12-02-2011, 01:41 PM
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What dash does your truck have? Front ends swap completely and many have over the years. I'd bet thats what happened with your truck, cause 51's weren't produced when it was built.

My 48 F1 had a 52 F1 deluxe front end when I bought it. Happened pretty often from the looks of things.
 
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I have a 51 dash as well. I was wondering if that was the case but everything is 51 but the title
 
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I have a truck with a title that says 1950 and the vin # 98crc354199 but the body style is a 51. What is the deal? Thanks jeff
Is that the serial# from the frame? as well as the firewall and glove box tag?

Also, the first C should not be there. Is the box, the early(raised panel) or late model?
 
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I have a 51 dash as well. I was wondering if that was the case but everything is 51 but the title
As noted, it's common for parts to be swapped around on these old trucks. Have you verified the vin on the chassis with the title? The frame vin can be found on the top of the right side frame rail near the motor mount, looking down from under the hood. If that matches your title, then you've had a body swap. If it doesn't, you've been given a title to a different truck.
 
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51 or 52

Are we doing 51/52's?
Just bought a F-2 8ft Express
It looks like a 51 but the title shows a 52
Flathead 6, 4spd Crash Box
VIN: F2R2HM32955 (From glovebox door)
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Found two F1's in a wrecking yard today.

First has flat bed sides, big back window and 48-50 dash, front clip and floor shift. VIN on glove box is: 98RC-479431 Model 9RC.

Now that I look closer it appears that it is a 51-52 dash that has been cut for a 48-50 gauge cluster.












Second is a 51/52 with glove box VIN: F1R1RH-17032 and model 1RC.



 

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Old 12-19-2011, 06:55 PM
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The first one is of real interest. I have heard of these 50's with big back windows and 448-50 dash but I've never seen one. If you are headed back out there I sure would love to get more information, especially the firewall stamping. Great find.
 
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Old 12-19-2011, 07:07 PM
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Howdy Carl, I hope life has been treating you well. Nice to see your light on!

The first one has a 51/52 cab - or at least that dash. The trim line is clear around the radio area.

The vin is missing a digit - it needs six of them after the prefix.

I too would like to see what the chassis # is. Too many pieces missing to go by the glovebox door only (and it must be loose in the pile cause its not on the dash)

I'd call it a 51/52 with a 48-50 front end. Even possible the cab and box were replaced... thanks BPD, we learn something every time.
 
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Old 12-19-2011, 07:14 PM
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I'm curious if the PO cut the dash to make a '48-50 instrument panel fit the 51/52 opening? Plus add the front clip? Like Tim says.


Secondly, that first truck looks to have 15" innie wheels on it.
 

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