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Old 06-13-2009, 12:30 PM
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Default Decoding Your VIN # Cdn / USA

There seems to be a difference between decoding a Canadian VIN# as apposed to an American VIN#

I've been searching online and on pg 10 of the LMC catalog

Apparently my Serial Identification Number should start with a letter.

My VIN # plaque says General Motors of Canada.
So I'm guessing it's Canadian made truck
Is there a GMC / Chev truck VIN decoder website for Canadian VINs ???

This is the tag to my 57 GMC Panel

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Old 06-13-2009, 01:56 PM
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Canadian GM tags of that era are fairly easy to figure out.
The first digit is the year, in your case 1958. Sorry, it's not a 57 like you thought.
The next 4 digits are the model or series, 3105.
The last 6 are the actual production serial number.
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Old 06-13-2009, 05:25 PM
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What Boyd said. Also applies for 39-54 trucks. First digit is the year. Pat.
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Old 06-13-2009, 09:59 PM
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So for instance.... It's June 2009 and They are building 2010 trucks right now.

If I bought one of those new 2010 trucks??? Would my ownership say 2009 or 2010 ??

Cause that tag that says the first number means my truck is a 1958 is on this truck . My ownership says it's a 1957 GMC
Hood maybe.... But the rest don't look like no 58... 57 maybe
Not a GMC either.



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Old 06-13-2009, 10:05 PM
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It's not a 58 front end for sure. Grille looks like a 55.
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Steering wheel is a 1958 GMC/Chev piece, but the dash is Chev, without a doubt. The hood is GMC, the grille and front fenders are Chev. From the firewall forward, the sheet metal can interchange. And yes, that VIN indicates a 1958 truck.

If you bought a 2010 model year truck now, the vin would indicate a 2010 model, with the build dates on all the components saying June 2009 build. Like buying a 1968 Camaro in Sept. 1967. September used to be the launch month of the new model year. Now the launch is whenever they happen to feel like it.
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Steering wheel is a 1958 GMC?Chev piece, but the dash is Chev, without a doubt. The hood is GMC, the grille and front fenders are Chev. From the firewall forward, the sheet metal can interchange. And yes, that VIN indicates a 1958 truck.

If you bought a 2010 model year truck now, the vin would indicate a 2010 model, with the build dates on all the components saying June 2009 build. Like buying a 1968 Camaro in Sept. 1967. September used to be the launch month of the new model year. Now the launch is whenever they happen to feel like it.
But would that Camaro ownership say the year of the car is 68? or 67?

Cause the ownership of my truck says it's a 1957 GMC
Even thow the VIN # says it's a 58 and the cab says its a Chev
If it wasn't for the match VIN # I would say this was the wrong ownership for this truck.
I wonder if I can get the MTO office to change this up for me??
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It would be a 1968 Camaro.

I would have the Ontario Motor vehicle branch change the year to
1958. They may have to sight the vehicle to do that.
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It would be a 1968 Camaro.

I would have the Ontario Motor vehicle branch change the year to
1958. They may have to sight the vehicle to do that.
Good luck with that!
The MTO can be pretty stubborn about changing anything other than "colour" on your registration (Ownership) I had to go to a General Motors dealership to correct the serial number on my '35 Chevy. Years previously, the letter "S" had been misread as the number "5" and never noticed for many years, as the car was with the same owner for over 30 years. After I bought the car, during the certification process, the mechanic checked the numbers on the firewall against the numbers on the Ownership and found the error. Try to convince the beaurocrats that original records no longer exist so how do you verify the "correct" number? The Ministry finally agreed to accept a letter, on any GM Dealer's letterhead, verifying the correct number on the car.
I was involved in a case recently where there was a problem with a motorcycle's number. Again, a case of misreading a number or a typo error. In this case, the Ministry required a document from a local "car" club verifying the numbers. So, Cooter & I took close-up pictures of the plaque on the bike and signed a paper verifying the numbers and the Ministry was satisfied.
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Old 06-14-2009, 09:40 PM
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i don,t know what the big deal is, if you have a actual reg. with the right #,s just go with what it says, you could open up a whole new can of worms having the goverment having anything to do with this!
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