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Old 11-14-2013, 07:53 PM   #1
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1963 Truck VIN #'s

Looks like the 66 guys are having all the fun with their VIN registry, so I thought I'd start one for the 63 guys. Im interested to see if any trucks were built close to mine on the line.

I'll start with mine...

3C144B120042

3 = 1963
C = 2wd
14 = 1/2 ton Shotbed 115" wheelbase
4 = Pickup
B = Baltimore Assembly plant
120042 = Vehicle number

If you happen to know any more info on the original dealer or who took purchase, please share that also.

My truck was sold by Shumaker Chevrolet Co in Ford City, PA (about 40 miles NE of Pittsburgh) to a man in Kittanning, PA (about 4 miles from the dealership) based off the info in the trucks owner protection plan. The owner identifaction number in the book is T 419085
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Old 11-14-2013, 08:24 PM   #2
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Re: 1963 Truck VIN #'s

my 63 is

3C114O143935

built in Oakland, CA.

I bought it from a guy in SoCal. don't know if it's been there the whole time.
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Old 11-14-2013, 08:33 PM   #3
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Re: 1963 Truck VIN #'s

Thanks for sharing and great looking truck. So thats 1 for the east coast and 1 for the west coast.
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Old 11-14-2013, 11:36 PM   #4
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Re: 1963 Truck VIN #'s

My 63 was bought at Barkman Chevrolet in Everett Pa. That is about 115 miles SW of Pittsburgh and the same distance to 63c-10's truck origin in Ford City PA.
My vin is 3K154B105199

3=63
k=4wd
15= 1/2 ton 127" wheel base
4= pickup
B=Baltimore
Vehicle #=105199

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Old 11-15-2013, 09:03 AM   #5
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Re: 1963 Truck VIN #'s

1963K10.....very cool. who knows, they may have even passed each other one day a long time ago...
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Old 11-15-2013, 12:48 PM   #6
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Re: 1963 Truck VIN #'s

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my 63 is

3C114O143935

built in Oakland, CA.

I bought it from a guy in SoCal. don't know if it's been there the whole time.
I think 1963 was the last year for Oakland production and then moved to Freemont.

So 2 for Baltimore and 1 for Oakland. Any others out there?
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Old 11-15-2013, 02:05 PM   #7
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Re: 1963 Truck VIN #'s

3c144s126079. Built in St. Louis. I bought in Indiana June of 2011. Don't know any other history.

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Old 11-15-2013, 02:40 PM   #8
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Re: 1963 Truck VIN #'s

3C144S110281 This one ended up a long way from St. Louis. I purchased it in Nampa, ID in pieces from a guys back yard. The cab, frame and vin all match but the rest of the truck is a grab bag of parts.
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Old 11-15-2013, 04:47 PM   #9
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Re: 1963 Truck VIN #'s

So were up to 2 from Baltimore, 2 from St. Louis and 1 from Oakland. Keep them coming guys. Ill get a list up tonight with the numbers in sequence.
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Old 11-16-2013, 02:33 AM   #10
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Re: 1963 Truck VIN #'s

3c1540141734 Oakland plant was bought new in 63 from Tonkin Chevrolet in portland oregon by my grandad!
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Old 11-16-2013, 10:18 AM   #11
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Re: 1963 Truck VIN #'s

Here's mine:

3C154F112791

3 = 1963
C = 2wd
15 = 1/2 ton 127" wheelbase
4 = Pickup
F = Flint Assembly plant
112791 = Vehicle number

I bought the truck in Michigan from a man who said the truck has been in Michigan its whole life. The only things not as original are the front seat upholstery (much nicer than original) and the toolbox in the bed. It came to me with some chrome wheels that I sold and replaced with 15x8 rally and 235/75R15 radials. I have a pair of 15x6 and a pair of 15x5.5 original wheels. If I had four the same size, I'd run them instead...at least until I installed front discs, if ever.

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Old 11-16-2013, 02:14 PM   #12
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Re: 1963 Truck VIN #'s

3C144S195069 ST. LOUIS ,I have traced the truck from NH to Maine I have a title from Alabama from the 80's
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Old 11-16-2013, 07:15 PM   #13
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3C144S195069 ST. LOUIS ,I have traced the truck from NH to Maine I have a title from Alabama from the 80's
That Sir is a beautiful truck.
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Old 11-16-2013, 07:26 PM   #14
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Re: 1963 Truck VIN #'s

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3C144S195529
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Old 11-17-2013, 01:28 AM   #15
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Re: 1963 Truck VIN #'s

trucks in post 12 and 14 would have only been a few days apart based of the numbers
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Old 11-17-2013, 01:44 AM   #16
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Re: 1963 Truck VIN #'s

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trucks in post 12 and 14 would have only been a few days apart based of the numbers
Good eye ...
Imagine that, those two trucks were so similar in style and adornments....Empires truck was sitting in the "ready line", just glistening away in the St. Louis sunshine when Ronnies Wifes truck came toodling off the assembly line and probably rolled right past it on its way to the holding pen.

And, yes.....it's past my bedtime.
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Old 11-17-2013, 11:55 PM   #17
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Re: 1963 Truck VIN #'s

3C2540116693 another one from the Oakland plant. '63 C20 delivered to Salt Lake City Utah then on to Roy Price Chevrolet in Bountiful Utah where it was sold to the original owner in April 1963. She hasn't strayed too far as she now resides 5 miles North of the now long gone Roy Price Chevrolet dealership.

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Old 11-18-2013, 09:57 AM   #18
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Re: 1963 Truck VIN #'s

So Oakland has 3

3C2540116693
3C1540141734
3C1140143935

Baltimore has 2

3K154B105199
3C144B120042

St. Louis has 4

3C144S110281
3C144S126079
3C144S195069
3C144S195529

And 1 for the Flint plant

3C154F112791


Keep them coming, this is getting interesting.
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http://67-72chevytrucks.com/vboard/s...d.php?t=619024
1964 Short bed trailer
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Good eye ...
Imagine that, those two trucks were so similar in style and adornments....Empires truck was sitting in the "ready line", just glistening away in the St. Louis sunshine when Ronnies Wifes truck came toodling off the assembly line and probably rolled right past it on its way to the holding pen.

And, yes.....it's past my bedtime.
I imagine that some of the same people worked on both of them. And they both look to be custom cabs....probably a day or two at most off the assembly line.


Also...this is a good page on 1963 trucks. Doesn't help much with production numbers, but a lot of facts and base prices.
Link: http://www.oldride.com/library/1963_chevrolet_c20.html
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http://67-72chevytrucks.com/vboard/s...d.php?t=619024
1964 Short bed trailer

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Thank you MikeS
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Old 11-18-2013, 11:24 AM   #21
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Does anyone know if there is a more than one spot to find a paint code, PO painted over the inside kick panel plaque
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Old 11-18-2013, 11:33 AM   #22
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Does anyone know if there is a more than one spot to find a paint code, PO painted over the inside kick panel plaque
Have you tried to use a little thinner or something similar to clean the plaque? The kick panel plaque is the only place I know of for the 63 models unless you have any paperwork from the purchase order. Can you find any original color on the firewall or any of the other hard to get spots?
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They left the writing on the fire wall, the color there looks like brigade blue but not sure, tried a little thinner but was afraid i'd wipe off the factory writing
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They left the writing on the fire wall, the color there looks like brigade blue but not sure, tried a little thinner but was afraid i'd wipe off the factory writing
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So Oakland has 3

3C2540116693
3C1540141734
3C1140143935

Baltimore has 2

3K154B105199
3C144B120042

St. Louis has 4

3C144S110281
3C144S126079
3C144S195069
3C144S195529

And 1 for the Flint plant

3C154F112791


Keep them coming, this is getting interesting.
Do the vehicle #'s start at 100,000 and do they correspond to each specific model? In other words does my truck's #105199 mean that it is the 5199th 1/2 ton and 4x4 and longbed and stepside or just 1/2 ton?
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