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02-24-2010, 05:24 PM
im currently shopping for a 50s transtar pickup, looked at one today and reolized that i could not find a vin #. any advise?

02-24-2010, 05:42 PM
quote:Originally posted by sylance

im currently shopping for a 50s transtar pickup, looked at one today and reolized that i could not find a vin #. any advise?

It's on a plate below the drivers side seat, just over the step.


Skip Lackie
02-24-2010, 06:09 PM
They were called serial numbers in those days. The term VIN wasn't established until the 1980s. It will begin with an R (1949-54) or an E (1955-64). Stude half-ton and 3/4-ton pickups were called Transtars during 1956-58 only. The 59 models were essentially the same, but were just labeled Studebaker.

Skip Lackie
Washington DC

02-24-2010, 06:17 PM
The sad part about the location of the serial # plate on these trucks is its in area of alot of wear and tear, if the rust doesnt get to them first.


02-24-2010, 06:39 PM
Welcome to the Forum! :) Good to have another "truck enthusiast" on board. ;)[8D]

The link below is to an advertisement for what appears to be a nice '57 1/2 ton for sale in Roseburg, Oregon...


'57 Transtar Deluxe
Vancouver Island Chapter
http://visdc.shawwebspace.ca/ </h5>


02-24-2010, 06:47 PM
Thanks for all the advise, does anyone know if the DMV can supply a lost title via a serial number?

02-24-2010, 06:57 PM
best bet is to ask the state DMV, I know in Maryland they will, I had to get one there when I misplaced my title. I'm guessing the seller has a clear title but can't lay his hands on the paper? If so getting a replacement and having him sign it over to you is definitely the way to go.


55 Commander Starlight

02-24-2010, 08:14 PM

Welcome to the Forum and if you haven't joined the SDC please do. Your question wasn't a dumb one and don't ever hesitate to ask for help or advise on the forum.


63R-2386 under restoration & modification

02-24-2010, 09:33 PM
There is no such thing as a dumb question, we all had to learn somewhere.[^] Welcome to the forum!:)

Chris Dresbach
1940 Champion two door.
Parts of the 1952 Model N

02-25-2010, 01:03 PM
A question unasked is the only "dumb" one.
I don't know what is required in WA. Check with them. Many states are fairly easy on vehicles that are that old and some others aren't so easy. I would at least get a Bill of Sale including the Serial Number from the current owner. Sometimes, the state wants a rubbing or picture of the Serial Number plate.

Gary L.
Wappinger, NY

SDC member since 1968
Studebaker enthusiast much longer