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Old 12-29-2003, 08:31 AM
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Obtaining a VIN for a 1932 Ford

I guess this could be a touchy subject, but I'm sure it has been addressed before.
I have an original 1932 Henry Ford 5 window coupe body that is part of a custom street rod. I bought the car as a project and it is almost ready to hit the road. I have a bill of sale an all the reciepts. I bought the car without a title. I am researching getting the car titled. I have contacted Tiltles Unlimited and they said I need to provide them with a VIN. This is were it gets cloudy. They said I could use a number from the engine but it might get rejected or come back with a year from the engine. I'm lost. I guess a title can be bought, but I heard that's illegal.......

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Buying a title from one of those "title" companies may not be legal in your state. I know Ohio has cracked down on them lately and you can no longer get an Ohio title with one of those quickie titles from a state that only requires a bill of sale (which is how those "title" companies work).

Your best bet, since you have the bill of sale and all receipts is to go to your state's DMV and request a title from them. Each state has procedures for this and some are easier than others. Here in Ohio as long as you have all receipts and a bill of sale all you have to do is take the car to one of the State Highway Patrol offices for inspection. Once they've looked at all your paperwork and they're convinced you didn't steal it they will issue you a VIN number (usually based on the year of the engine) and you simply go to the local state title office and get your title and license.

Like I said each state has slightly different procedures for this so just check with your DMV to find out your state's rules.

Good luck

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Old 12-29-2003, 12:47 PM
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In California you need to take your (STOCK FRAME) hint hint.....
down to the DMV for a vin. varification. A police officer can also do a vin. varification. Once that is done along with a statement of facts, you will get your registration. I always use a vehicle registration service here in town to do all of my paperwork.
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Old 12-29-2003, 04:35 PM
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Ford did not use a VIN number until sometime in the 60's. The 1932 Ford coupe that you have was originally registered using the engine number. Assuming you also have the '32 frame; there may be a number stamped on the frame on the drivers side just behind the cowl or on the trans crossmember. This can be used as the VIN number if you have a Bill Of Sale for the frame. If it is a custom aftermarket frame you will need the Manufacturers Statement Of Origin which will have the manufacturers own number. In either case you will have to have the numbers varified by a Law Enforcement Officer.

Many states have recently changed their registration laws for "Street Rods" to allow them to be registered as the year they most closely resemble. Check the laws in your state.

The "Title" companys that you see advertised state that they will not issue a title for "Kit" cars. Since your car is technically not a kit car, this may be an option. You wrote that they requested a VIN number. They should be aware that many early model cars were registered by the engine number and therefor there is no VIN number. Talk to more than one company.
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Old 12-29-2003, 05:26 PM
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1932 V8 Fords start with the number 18.

a typical number would read 18-135672........... never more than 18-334***

I prefer a low number in the 18- ***** area........only a little over 300 thousand 32's were ever built..

The number on my Black Roadster is 18-**** only 4 digits.after the 18. It was a early car (early April 32).

The Red 5W is 18- 118***

The very first 32 ( a Victoria) was 18-1

!932 Fords were introduced to the public on March 31 1932.......kinda late because of all the manufacturing changes made from the Model As.

A lot of rodders stamp a original serial number on their frame and then come up with a bill of sale or use that number ( sequence explained above ) with the folks at Titles Unlimited .........

Hope this helps. Post us a pic of the 32 5W

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