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1930 Dodge 1 1/2 ton serial number location

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Ron Snyder

06-27-2007 07:49:45

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Where do I find the serial number for a late 20's to 1930 Dodge truck. Truck has dual rear wheels. Cab top corners are not rounded as in mid 30's trucks. Hub Caps have Dodge Brothers' logo.

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Ron Snyder

07-04-2007 03:58:25

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 Re: 1930 Dodge 1 1/2 ton serial number location in reply to Ron Snyder, 06-27-2007 07:49:45  
Turns out this may be a 3 ton. Rear duals and a six cylinder engine. Four speed gearbox. Anyone have photos of what the roof should look like. I still have not found the serial number. Where on the engine should I look?

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Mike in Maine

07-05-2007 03:04:02

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 Re: Re: 1930 Dodge 1 1/2 ton serial number locatio in reply to Ron Snyder, 07-04-2007 03:58:25  
Presuming you have a straight 6, here goes. Check the driver's side of the engine, below the head and gasket, rear of the block, just in front of the transmission bolt-up. Look for an unusually smooth spot (by now showing rust) about 3" high by 6" long. If you find it start removing the rust w/ a nylon bristle brush and get more aggressive, progressively, until you are using a wire wheel brush on a electric drill (a DREMEL TOOL seems to be just the thing here) at medium speed. UNDER ANY CONDITION DO NOT USE A GRINDER WHEEL !!!

If the rust is being 'difficult' try using, in ascending order, some old 'Coke' (the phosphoric acid dissolves tarnish on copper !!), WD-40, paint and rust remover and, last but not least, naval jelly.

If you want to be more aggressive in the rust removal you can use plumber's acid but, big B-U-T, make real sure you have a large ventilation fan running, a serious 'fume' mask (3-M type) on and 2 seperate 5 gallon buckets on hand. The buckets need to be filled with 1 of 5 gallons of a bleach solution (to neutralize the acid in event of a spill) and 1 bucket of clay based kitty litter, not an organic litter. This one is for the damming and cleanup of the acid spill before it gets into any drain or septic systems. Plumbers acid is serious stuff (sulphuric) and will eat or dissolve it's way thru just about anything not designed to resist it. Older shops usually have cast iron pipes, which hold up well under the acid. But the corrosion and rust in the pipes doesn't. Bear this in mind before you go this route.

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Mike In Maine

07-02-2007 03:30:07

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 Re: 1930 Dodge 1 1/2 ton serial number location in reply to Ron Snyder, 06-27-2007 07:49:45  
Jerry is indeen correct. Up until around 1958 to 62 most makers used the engine's # as the VIN for titling purposes. After that the formal VIN plate was used. In the event you are still having a hard time finding a VIN here are some spots to look at.

1- In the engine bay, on the firewall, in front of the driver, just below the lip of the hood. If the master cylinder is still there, look to the left (looking from the front to rear) of it. It will either be a formal plate type tag rivited to the firewall or a impact stamped series of letter and numbers. These may be hidden by corrosion or spray paint, depending on age and previous owner's.

2- Inside the cab, behind the driver, just above the floor. These one's were known to have been spray painted over during the building process.

3- Some have actually been put in on a body kick panel, drivers side, forward of the door, next to the starter/clutch pedal. These one's are usually found on International's and are, for the most part, usually rusted out and completely un-usable.

4- On the frame, between the door and the front wheel, either side of the frame's cab supporting crossmember, on the inside. This one is a toughie as it is almost certainly corroded to the point of oblivion due to road corrosion and frame rust. But due to the frame's material (this was in the days of real steel) and the impact tool's force when hitting the frame this one might have survived, provided you are willing to go after it. If corrosion is a problem let me know and I can give you some ideas on how to deal w/ it, safely.

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06-28-2007 07:48:37

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 Re: 1930 Dodge 1 1/2 ton serial number location in reply to Ron Snyder, 06-27-2007 07:49:45  
In those years the engine number was used for title purposes. I don't know if the frame had a number or not, if so, it ususally is stamped on the top of the front above the middle of the spring, left side on the trucks I've seen.

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