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Old 11-02-2011, 12:56 PM
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Hello all dadsacarnut here I hope i am doing this right???? I have what was told to me as a 1944 chev 2 ton truck cab. Now i have tried different sites to decode my vin plate But im getting no were real fast. It reads as follows .

General Motors Canada
Made in Canada
Model # 1573
Serial #4157 301370
Engine T3 9600 60
Body Serial 8090
Trim 359 Paint Fc112


Now if any one can help in any way that would be Fantabulous as my daughter would say .

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The only vechicles made in 1944 & 1945 were Governtment issue only for WW 2. The U S factories hired Women to make weapons for the War. You won't find a truck made except for the War. Data doesn't go back that far. Do you have a title for it?
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The only vechicles made in 1944 & 1945 were Governtment issue only for WW 2. The U S factories hired Women to make weapons for the War. You won't find a truck made except for the War. Data doesn't go back that far. Do you have a title for it?
I saw that too. 1944 didnt yield production vehicles for the public. I did notice he said canada built. Did canada produce vehicles for the public in spite of the war? I never thought about until I saw that.Hmmm.
Hope you can shed some light on that,I would love to buy a 1945 chevy or ford sedan.
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Thanks But this is my dilemma In 1942/43 and 44 The so called auto freeze was on like you mentioned all products and efforts were going towards the war . But as far as GM Canada goes I have read that in 1943 200 Plus cars and trucks were built and in 1944 almost 600 cars and trucks were built from stock that was left over after the assembly lines were shut down , and there was a new meaning to built by hand. Now if you take what little information vin # decoding in the 40S they say the first digit of the serial number is the year of the vehicle eg o = 1940 1 = 1941 2 = 1942 3=1943 4 = 1944 so this really throws a wrench in my system . its a good thing im almost bald cause im pulling my hair out
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I guess that vehicles "not made for the public" is technically correct, but not all vehicles were for the military. Govt agencies had their "official" cars and trucks, as well as the different businesses that were involved in the war effort. Lots of civilian trucks in this effort. The older vehicles did not have VIN numbers per se, but had ID plates that included serial numbers. I don't know exactly when titles came about but bills of sale were common items to show transfer of ownership. I can vaguely remember when titles came about in Tenn some time after the war. My dad was grousing about it at the time.

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Don't know why there's a wrench in your system, your first digit is a 4 which would be 1944...
http://www.brads41-46chevys.com/id42.html
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I realize I have a four in my serial # and that it is a 1944 I just thought it would be cool to know and or understand what the other codes stood for on the vin plate IE ,paint code , wheel base etc .I appreciate the help all if any one else has something to add or suggest I would still like to learn as much as i can . Thanks again
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There were cars and trucks left over 42/43 and were shipped in 1944 and 1945, but not available for the public. Canadian plant was shut down in 1939, however they had left overs also, the way I understand it.
I have been a Notary for State of Ohio for over 40 years, and the only truck I have done Notary on was a GMC; built in 1943.
I understand that Dodge got into the heavy duty 4 X 4 during the W W 2 as most 4 X 4 were the Jeeps. I understand that most of jeeps were driven by officials of our Armed Services.
I do a lot of Titles for Ohio and some in area States. There were tough times in 44 & 45, and things are rough now, even if you have a College Education. There are a few openings from now to Christmas, then what. Pay is not what it should be, for as fast as Oil Prices went up. $5. 49 a Qt. of Oil at Krogers. Looks like to me that when Oil prices go down, they should follow suit.
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