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Old February 26th, 2009, 03:19 PM
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Post Frame rail serial number stamping locations

The question often arises here about where exactly the serial numbers are stamped onto the frame rails. Well, I got to looking at what's left of Mike's parts rig out here at my place and realized we never recorded its serial number for the VIN collection. So I wire-wheeled both locations and took pictures so others might have a better idea of what to look for.

Here's where the serial numbers can be found stamped onto the M715 frame:




Here is what the front one looks like:




And here is what the rear one looks like:




Not only is the front stamping usually easier to make out, it is also the easier of the two to get an eyeball on! I had to wire-wheel the rear one a LOT and can still barely make it out.

So brute4c, here's another we can add to the registry: 21852. W/O winch. No delivery date available, but likely 3/68. Current status: Mostly stripped-away parts rig.

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Old February 26th, 2009, 03:46 PM
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This is a sticky now...thanks TIM!!

Here is another shot of the rear one from a different truck, note not a stock axle so dont use that exactly as a guide, use the frame rail bend instead:



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Yeah, I tried showing the round crossmember and the rivets in the picture of the rear one I took to help with location of the stamping.
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I've made several posts about this in the past and never could find mine. Today I wire wheeled the frame reinforcement at the front and walla; there it is! I was looking on the frame, not the welded reinforcement. I did not check the rear as I assume it is gone from there due to rust that was blasted off and pitting.

I was concerned my serial numbers did not match, due to a reported problem with the seller of my truck, but they do match so I am relieved.
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Glad this was able to help then! Cool!
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Hey Tim, Ditto. Just took my frame to the blaster's and just before I did I used a wire brush and found mine too. Never thought to look on the reinforcement. DUH....
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