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08-31-2006, 09:47 PM
I have a bullet nose coupe with a serial number on the door frame of
8I78037 the zero is superscript. The number on the engine has a 4 above
527644. How can I trace the VIN in Washington state and what year
model is it. Since it has a V-8 I think it is a 1952 Commder 2-door.


Chuck Biederbeck

08-31-2006, 10:18 PM
If it's a bullet nose and has a V8 you can bet it's a 51. The rest of the story is in the decoding of the tag on the passenger side of the firewall

NE Colorado

08-31-2006, 11:37 PM
That serial # pegs it as a '51 Commander.;)

Miscreant at large.

1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe
1957 President 2-dr
1955 President State
1951 Champion Biz cpe
1963 Daytona project FS

Dwain G.
09-01-2006, 05:04 PM
The number you found on the engine is just the casting number that would apply to several years in the early '50s. The actual engine number will be stamped in a smooth (machined) part of the block back by the distributor, and should begin with a letter 'V'.
I'd like to see a close-up picture of that serial plate if you have that capability. I have no idea why there would be a number '0' as superscript. Very interesting!

Dwain G.