Post by wabbastang on Apr 28, 2020 14:56:05 GMT -8
Hi all, I have a 1956 Safeway trailer that has been stripped down to the frame. Hoping to find someone else with one that could show me where and what the VIN stamp or plate looks like.
I haven't been able to find it on the frame (it's only 4 digits on the title), and these seem pretty unusual, so haven't been able to find anything online yet.
I wanted to wire wheel it clean but don't know where it should be (other than best guess on the A-frame or face of the front crossmember, but no luck so far). At the same time I know some older trailers had it stamped on a welded or riveted plate, so don't want to waste time wire brushing if that's what it would have had. If that was the case then I could replace it if I had an example.
I'm not worried about authenticity, just wanted to make life easier down the road by making sure it was stamped now. Came from the original owner with a 1970 title (said it was the second title after he added his wife on), and I had to run it by a dealer to verify it as it came in from out of state. He was an older [experienced] guy who took one look at the frame and coupler (cast iron) and said yep, I'm sure this all matches up, but good luck finding a 4 digit VIN stamped in rusty old metal...
VIN Stickers are situated on the trailer towards the front close to the tongue/outline convergence. The MSO/Title will have the VIN number recorded on it. All trailers after 2009 will have the VIN # scratched into the side rail of the trailer. View our video for help in finding your VIN. Much the same as a vehicle VIN number, a trailer VIN is a remarkable identifier of the trailer. The NHTSA requires all trailers bound for venturing out making progress toward be appointed a 17-digit VIN.
For anyone beginning to research on finding the VIN on an old rusty frame, start with just a cloth and some WD 40. Even that, will swipe some of the rust away. Then maybe spray with some PB plaster and wipe to start out with. I recently found a VIN number that way. If it's covered with paint, then start with paint remover and work at it slowly.
The VIN is usually on the curb side of the tongue near the back of the coupler either on top of the C- Channel framing or on the exterior side. Start near the back of the coupler and move backward.
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