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bobsjunkyard
    
I have a 54 GMC with a bill of sale and no plate on the door post (no VIN) how can I find a title?
I'm in Missouri and need a VIN to get an abandoned vehicle title.
posted: January 24, 2011
 
    
 
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23dodges10
    
Rumor has it on top the frame near the steering box it will have numbers, all but the 1/2-3/4 ton designation..3a or 3b The cab may need to be removed to see them. At least that was on a 56.
posted:  January 25, 2011
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61pontiac
    
I have a 1954 283 eng and standered trans for sale. The eng needs rebuilt. Although its period correct for your truck. Take 400.00 for all. Plus the cost of shipping. Take pay-pal payments. (606)349-6502 Roger
posted:  January 27, 2011
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61pontiac
    
So you just bought the Chevy truck of your dreams, and now you want to know just exactly what you own? You need to know and decipher your truck's Vehicle Identification Number. With a VIN, and the information it provides, you can determine your truck's pertinent information -- which will help you to better order parts, register it, find a lost title and a lot of other things. Barry, who was our "first contact" with the Stovebolt world, has put together a great bit of useful information here.


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Deciphering your Chevrolet VIN
By Barry Weeks
1940 1/2-Ton Pickup
January 2007

Title Problems

If you were fortunate enough to have a good title for your new purchase, great! It might even have a VIN listed (or a "serial number." But while most states titled vehicles by the VIN, some states titled by the engine serial number (found stamped in the block to the left of the distributor), which doesn't have much to do with the body serial number. As most old trucks have had the engine replaced once or twice, your title may not match your engine (if it has been replaced) and your title uses an engine number.

Also, some states titled vehicles by the year they were sold, and not the model year. Since production usually started in September of the year preceding the model year, you may see a title for what you would call a '39 truck, but it says '38 on the title. This can happen easily since it was sold in the last part of '38, but was really a '39 truck. Some states called this a '38 then, since it was sold in '38. I've seen this happen up into the early '50's. You may also see one that was a slow mover and got sold a year after it was made, and titled as such.

So if you look at the number listed on your title and it doesn't make sense when checked against the tables below, it may mean that the listing is actually the engine number. So you
posted:  January 27, 2011
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23dodges10
    
a 1954 283? seems like they started building them in 57.
posted:  January 27, 2011
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cwray
    
I HAVE A TITLE TO A 1954 CHEVROLET TRUCK THAT GOT TOTALED OUT IN A WRECK ABOUT 1982. THE TITLE IS IN MY NAME (STATE OF ARKANSAS). WILL IT BE OF ANY HELP?
posted:  February 8, 2011
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naco
    
ACCORDING TO FL. DMV PRIOR TO 1955 THERE WERE NO VIN #S ON AMERICAN CAR THEY WOULD USE THE ENGINE # THAT ARE STAMPED ON THE BLOCK OR THERE MIGHT BE ON ON THE FRAME. GOOD LUCK
posted:  February 11, 2011
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551stgen
    
I have in process a 1955 GMC 1st gen rat street 1978 camaro sub w/ 3x5 tube frame quick change rearend. I'm undecided on the motor small block or big block 427. I have both available (it will be a daily driver) The title match's the 6 cyl motor that is still currently in the still stock truck. As it has been cold and snowy here in Missouri I have not been able to finish the frame suspension ect. Hope this helps 551stgen
posted:  February 26, 2011
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