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  • Where is the VIN on a '51?

    A policeman and I were trying to find the VIN on my 1951 Land Cruiser. We couldn't find it. He looked in the door stamp, nothing. He looked at the firewall nothing but a body stamp. Is it somewhere we wouldn't expect. Please help.


    1951 Commander Land cruiser

  • #2
    On the left side door latch post.

    Chuck/Ohio caso.. 9G-C5.. "under construction"

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    • #3
      That would be the left front door latch post. It's the serial number tag.

      Chuck/Ohio caso.. 9G-C5.. "under construction"

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      • #4
        Door Stamp? It is usually on the Driver door, REAR POST, slightly low, on '51's, (on later years, I think 1953 & on) they moved it to the forward post (pillar).

        The law enforcement people should also have the info on the location of the "secret" serial number, the center of the rear crossmember flange, if all else fails! [:0]


        StudeRich at Studebakers Northwest -Ferndale,WA
        StudeRich
        Second Generation Stude Driver,
        Proud '54 Starliner Owner

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        • #5
          This was taken from the offical Studebaker reference guide. You might find it helpful.

          Starting Serial Number: 10G Champion... G-1000001 & G-889101
          Ser. H Commander... 8110001 & 8800001
          Location: On plate on left front door lock post.

          Starting Motor Serial Number: 6 Cyl... 788001
          8 Cyl... V-101
          Location: 6 and straight 8 - On front corner on left side of block.
          V8 - On pad on top of block to right if distibutor mounting.


          Chuck/Ohio caso.. 9G-C5.. "under construction"

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          • #6
            The policeman looked right at the VIN in the door. It's hard to read but it's there. The only problem there was, it didn't match the Title. Now what do I do?

            DMV blues...





            1951 Commander Land cruiser

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            • #7
              Possibly the registration title has the engine serial number. This was frequently done in the past. Check that.

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              • #8
                Yes in Calif. and many States the Engine Number was used up to 1954 for a Vin. number.

                If that matches you are good!

                But if it had a unregistered engine change, it could be a problem, but I showed a copy of the original Production Order to prove the Serial number matched to the car with my Engine number and the DMV changed my Title to match the Serial Number.

                I would think you could show a Production Order that proves the Engine number on the Title was installed in the same car bearing your Serial.
                StudeRich
                Second Generation Stude Driver,
                Proud '54 Starliner Owner

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