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Originally Posted by BoerneF1 View Post
I have purchased a what was believed to be a 1950 Ford F5 American LaFrance Fire Truck. The title is lost and am in the process of getting a bonded title.


Here is the Vin Number.
88RT-97146


I believe what I am reading here it is a 48 is that correct?
Yes, it would be a 1948

8= 1948
8R= 239 cu in V8 flathead
T= F5

1949 & 50 would start with a 9
 
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Originally Posted by harleymsn View Post
Yes, it would be a 1948

8= 1948
8R= 239 cu in V8 flathead
T= F5

1949 & 50 would start with a 9
Thanks for the confirmation!
 
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I read it as 2 DL D 11 over 2012
2 = Vermillion Red
DL = Dallas, TX
D = April
11 = 11th
(birthday of April 11, 1949)
2012 = ?
Sorry everyone didn't remember that I already posted this info!

Originally Posted by Moe Craig View Post
1 - Year truck is registered as (or believed to be) 1949
2 - VIN # (The whole thing) Frame - 98RC179143
Pattent plate - 98RC179143 DAL
3 - Bed - Raised Panel or flat panel - Raised
4 - Is this the original bed - Believe so
5 - Transmission - Gone
6 - Column shift or floor shift- Column
7 - # stamped into the firewall if you have one.- somethings there but haven't figured it out yet...
 

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the funny thing to me is that Bobbytnm (found his info on post #35) was born after mine by a month but his last 4 numbers are 1008 lower than mine.
Moe, the reason for that is that Ford issued the serial numbers out of headquarters to each plant in batches.
 
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Anyone confirm that this serial # looks original and not altered?


 
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The R and T look odd, but I believe they are original. 1949 or 1950 V8 F4
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Originally Posted by 49fordv8f4 View Post
The R and T look odd, but I believe they are original. 1949 or 1950 V8 F4
Mark
And yet it's a 1950 S6 F4 =(
 
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With a production number that high, I'd be confident about it being a '50. As far as the V8 vs. 6, can't help you there...
 
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I agree with what Mark and Ross have posted.
What does the tag on the firewall and glovebox door indicate - same numbers?
What side is the battery located on? V8 and I6 were opposite.
 
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Originally Posted by mtflat View Post
I agree with what Mark and Ross have posted.
What does the tag on the firewall and glovebox door indicate - same numbers?
What side is the battery located on? V8 and I6 were opposite.
Numbers match, battery is on drivers side.
 
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Interesting - the R and T are a bit different, but no evidence whatever of being altered. While it's the exception to the rule, there are a lot of exceptions out there...
 
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Numbers match, battery is on drivers side.
Then it really was a 6-banger from the factory.
 
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Hello folks,
I hate to just throw my numbers out there and just ask for a translation. I scoured through this thread and figured most of it out but I still have questions. Please correct me if I'm wrong:
My vin is:
97HC315466 * RIC
9: 1950
7H: 6 cylinder
C: 1/2 ton (F-1)
315xxx: early 1950 (3-speed on the floor)
RIC: Richmond, California? or is that Virginia?


Now my biggest question is regarding the firewall stamp.
From what I'm understanding is RH (RIC on the VIN) is for Richmond (still not clear if that means California or Virginia)
As for the rest of it, I'm at a loss. I don't know what is the paint code (it's been painted over a couple times) or the manf. date. I'm primarily trying to figure out the real paint code...
. I



And here it is, with this lousy faux rust paint, right over the little bit of patina (rust haha) it once had (and still does):
(and fake white walls)

 
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Originally Posted by Fiveflat View Post
Hello folks,
I hate to just throw my numbers out there and just ask for a translation. I scoured through this thread and figured most of it out but I still have questions. Please correct me if I'm wrong:
My vin is:
97HC315466 * RIC
9: 1950
7H: 6 cylinder
C: 1/2 ton (F-1)
315xxx: early 1950 (3-speed on the floor)
RIC: Richmond, California? or is that Virginia?


Now my biggest question is regarding the firewall stamp.
From what I'm understanding is RH (RIC on the VIN) is for Richmond (still not clear if that means California or Virginia)
As for the rest of it, I'm at a loss. I don't know what is the paint code (it's been painted over a couple times) or the manf. date. I'm primarily trying to figure out the real paint code...
. I



And here it is, with this lousy faux rust paint, right over the little bit of patina (rust haha) it once had (and still does):
(and fake white walls)

You have a truck that was built in Richmond, CA, Painted Sheridan Blue, built on Tuesday, 9/6/1949 and 511 down the line.Sheridan Blue
 
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Originally Posted by Moe Craig View Post
You have a truck that was built in Richmond, CA, Painted Sheridan Blue, built on Tuesday, 9/6/1949 and 511 down the line.Sheridan Blue
Thank you very much! So those letter "I" are in fact number "1" I guess...
Can I ask you how you came up with Sheridan Blue? I only ask because I've sanded down beneath this red color and only found 2 very light colors, either a gray or dull blue-ish...
 

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