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Old 08-29-2016, 03:13 PM   #1
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I bought a 1932 frame about six months ago with a bill of sale. I just had a little time of look it over closer and found the vin number in two places. It has a four digit number.( *18-1##0 *). The question I have, is there away to find out if this number is being used on another car at this time?

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Old 08-29-2016, 03:29 PM   #2
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Ken,

Your nearest State of Ohio motor vehicle registration office would normally have the capability to ascertain that information.

That's quite a low engine number. Likely the front and center cross members are quite different from their later counterparts. Do you have any photos?
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Old 08-29-2016, 03:40 PM   #3
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I can take a few pictures tis evening and post them.

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Old 08-29-2016, 04:01 PM   #4
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I can take a few pictures tis evening and post them.

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Hi Everyone, kenwood7, if you're posting from a PC you can attach up to 15 thumbnail photos to each post.

I only mention it because I'd love to see as many photos as you feel like sharing!
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Old 08-30-2016, 12:29 PM   #5
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Title searches on automobiles used to be limited to a state by state system of record keeping but with modern computer networks and fraud problems, the US Federal Government is implementing a system that gets more info as the years go by. Here's a link to it. http://www.vehiclehistory.gov/

I would check that and the local your state DMV before trying to get it titled. If it already has a title, I would still run a check on it just to make sure it's legit.
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Rotorwrench, Thanks for the info. I problem I seam to be having is the fact the vin number
is short. *18-$$$$ * .
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Old 08-30-2016, 06:03 PM   #7
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DMV probably does not use the stars or the dash.
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Old 08-30-2016, 06:34 PM   #8
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It sounds like early production 1932 V8. Don't worry about what DMV folks tell you. many of the first production cars have very short VIN numbers. At least you can tell it was a V8 and not a model B.
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Hi Everyone. Sorry to be a pill but numbers on our cars are 'production numbers' not VIN's. VIN was not used until after the Flathead era, and not standardized until the '80's. And production numbers are related to block/tranny combos and are not necessarily first-in-first-out situations because regional assembly lines got the combos from only three places, and River Rouge Plant was the one for most of us no matter where the rest of the bits came together.

Yes on Motor Vehicle Bureaucrats and their robots not understanding something that isn't exactly 17 digits. And yes no dice on the star and dash. Just digits in my state and on my insurance.

In your first post you put a number at *18-1##0 * which makes it less than two thousand. Just like a dude had too many beers to do something, I can't wait to see some photos of this frame, whatever the situation. Photos if you got 'em will tell a whole lot about the story.
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Old 08-30-2016, 07:06 PM   #10
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Many of my old motorcycles have several letters for the model followed by 4 or less digits. The younger DMV people get surprised by that. Some will even tell you how the VIN is supposed to look. When they talk to older supervisors they have that look of "Wow, I never knew that". The VIN term is newer to us since we just referred to it as the cars serial number back in the day but that's the term they use to cover it all now. They even use the term VIN for trailers but I don't even consider that as a vehicle.
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Old 08-30-2016, 08:15 PM   #11
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Sorry, I am working on some good pictures. I should be able to get them on sometime tomorrow. I am new at this stuff , I do not know all of the correct language. " working on it
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One of the biggest problems I think when new to posting photos is the size requirements. Need to make sure your photos are sized under ~ 500K. The size limits are listed when you open up the pop-up window.
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