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1945 chevy pickup vin location

I'm trying to find the vin location on my 1945 chevy 1/2 ton pickup. Checked all the usual locations and found nothing.It might be missing,but where is it supposed to be? I do have the title for it.It was an Army airfield support truck at one time.....that is the extent of my findings,and now the previous owner has passed away,so my trail of info is gone.Any help would be appreciated.

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Did you try on the top of the left (drivers) side framed rail by the steering box? Take a wire brush and scrub the whole rail and then cover it with blackboard chalk then wipe. Even the faintest numbers will show up.
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I don't think that there was a 1945 truck made. It may be a 42 model that was built during 45 and has been registered as that. Here is link that will tell you were to look for that serial number.

http://chevy.tocmp.com/chevyresto/index.htm
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I did a little search and found a few references to 1945 pickup trucks.

Clicked THIS on a google search and this is part of what I found.....

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Chevrolet resumed production of civilian trucks for the general market on August 20, 1945. The government allowed Chevrolet to build civilian heavy-duty chassis cabs for qualified essential users in both 1944 and 1945 and the half-ton 115-inch wheelbase pickup in 1945 for qualified essential civilian users.
I read somewhere else that there was 6202 of those trucks identified as 1945 year.

I don't know where the vin# is but I would look in the same place as a 41.
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powerrodsmike - Good find. As petro's truck was an Army airfield support truck at one time I wonder if it was built for the military during the war itself.

petro - Does your truck have a chrome grill? I heard military vehicles didn't have much chrome.
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1945 Chev pickup VIN #s

Thanks for the thought on checking the framerail,I haven't tried that yet,but that sounds like a path I should take. The truck was built for the Army....(the star is still faint on the drivers side door,and the headlights had short blackout covers on them.The previous owner purchased it at a DRMO site in Ft.Leavenworth Kans. in 1956 after it returned to the US by way of Greece. That story is what I'm banking on as the truth.) The frame rail solution sounds like a stamping,maybe.But there is an aftermarket replacement metal data plate FOR the 1945 pickup.I already have that,thinking mine is missing.But I would rather check and find the real thing.Thanks to all trying to help. And no....there was never a thought of chrome on this truck..all painted.
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'45 Chev commercial vin location

GM did not stamp frame until 1955. The approx 4"x4" aluminum plate on right side of firewall is production line plate, not vin plate. VIN plate mounted on right side of cowl about 8 inches from door on first series. Second series located on left door post between hinges.

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Vin plate location

I gotta thank you....that answer makes the most sense....and my truck has nothing in either location.I may be taking you up on the generic plate,and see if South Carolina DMV accepts it.(i'm moving out of jersey as soon as my house sells.......retired military...it's time to play!)
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Chevrolets prior to 1949 were registered by engine number.

If the original 217 6cylinder is gone so is your VIN. Best bet...stamp the number into the frame and fire wall and inside the cab on the doorpost. SOmeone asks, there they are, sir!
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GM did not have matching numbers until 1955.

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i believe the '45 chevy would be the same as my '53 it is the # cast on the engine block. vin #'s are relatively new -started in the 60's i believe.
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VIN locations

Casting numbers are the same for many years on thousands of cars and trucks that run that same engine.
Engine serial numbers are stamped on a machined boss on side of 6 cylinder GM engines near distributor. SB Chev V-8s are on right front boss beside water pump. No two engine numbers are the same. GM did not have matching numbers until 1955.
GM VIN are located on metal plates in various locations depending on the year.
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vin #s

boy, do i feel stupid- of course it would not be cast into the block, but, as you say, stamped into the block. my bad!! wow
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45 Chev truck VIN

Wrong, Willy.........I have been in this neat hobby since 1957 when I opened my hot rod garage., 46 years. Turned 65 this year......I learn something new in our hobby every day. That is one of the neat things about this great hobby, great people. No one is "stupid" in our hobby.....that includes you.
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still on the trail of the MIA VIN

I have to thank all of you for the input,good,questionable,or hysterical.People like you are what I've found all over this hobby since 1967....yeah....I'm old...But still playin' with loud obnoxious toys.....God Bless all of you guys....oops,not politically correct...........now if I could just figure out how to pass off my all glass '1927 roadster as a registerable car to the DMV...
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