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studeclunker
01-31-2010, 11:25 PM
I know someone has posted this not too long ago, however, I'm having no luck with the search function. I've spent over an hour fighting with the thing...:(

Can anyone tell me how to de-code a truck VIN number? I know the last two digits are the year. How would 8(?)E719763 translate to. I have 8(?) there because all that's on the registration is E719763 It's a '63 Champ, that much I can tell by looking at the truck. However, I was wondering if the VIN will tell if the truck was originally a 1/2 or 3/4 ton?

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Mark57
01-31-2010, 11:31 PM
Ron - E7 = 1/2 ton with a V8 engine.

<h5>Mark
'57 Transtar Deluxe
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Mark57
01-31-2010, 11:36 PM
E1 to 7 = 1/2 ton trucks
E10 to 12 = 3/4 ton trucks
E13 to 15 = 1 ton... and so on

For the 8E series, E7-18,901 was the starting serial for 1963 models and E7-21,251 was the starting serial number for the 1964 models. Other than that, there is nothing in the serial number to indicate the model year... it is just a coincidence that the last 2 digits of the truck serial you are looking at happen to be "63". :)

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'57 Transtar Deluxe
Vancouver Island Chapter
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studeclunker
01-31-2010, 11:43 PM
Thanks Mark!:D

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Dwain G.
01-31-2010, 11:56 PM
8E is the model number for 1963 and '64 trucks. An E7 is a 1/2 ton truck with V8 engine. Yours is a '63, but the last two numbers have nothing to do with it. It's just a coincidence. 8E7 starting serial number is 18901, and they just go up from there.

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studelark
02-01-2010, 11:57 AM
Studeclunker; You've already received correct information concerning your serial number. When dealing with Studebaker trucks, there are two identifiers and that fact does cause some confusion. Your truck has a-

Model code- 8E7-112 or 8E7-122
8.....indicates model years 1963 or 1964
E.....indicates the series of Studebaker trucks built 1955 through 1964 model years
7.....chassis nominal rating of 1/2 ton payload with a standard V8 engine from the factory
112...wheelbase in inches from center of front axle to center of rear axle. This is the short chassis with 6 1/2 foot box
OR
122...wheelbase in inches for the long chassis with an 8 foot box

Serial (chassis) number- E7-19763
E.....same as above
7.....same as above
19763.sequencial order in which this chassis came off the assembly line for this particular model. In essense, this means approximately 19,763 1/2 ton trucks with a V8 engine had been built prior to this one since 1955.

Hope this helps explain the number game.:D[:p][:p]
Frank Drumheller
Louisa, VA
60S-W6
1948 M16-52 Boyer-bodied fire truck