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Old 10-10-2017, 08:10 AM   #1
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Default What year is this serial number

I came across a Ford Delivery Van project with a 4 cylinder engine for sale.
The serial number is 5217966 and the title says it's a 1934. Is that a 1934 serial number?
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Old 10-10-2017, 08:26 AM   #2
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For early Ford serial numbers (VIN) you can always check the VanPelt Sales web site.
http://www.vanpeltsales.com/FH_web/f...ialnumbers.htm
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Apparently Vanpelt doesn't list the 4 cylinder serial numbers.
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Old 10-10-2017, 09:04 AM   #4
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GPierce,

That is likely a 1934 S/N. The 4-cylinder serial numbers started with 5,189,491 in 1934. The 4 cyl engine was discontinued for trucks on March 1, 1934.

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Old 10-10-2017, 09:57 AM   #5
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According to Vince's site it's June 1933. http://www.fordgarage.com/pages/ABenginenumbers.htm

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Buy that sucker if the price is right. Looks like a good start.
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Old 10-10-2017, 12:43 PM   #7
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Thanks guys.
It's out of my price range, the owner turned down $10,000.
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I didn't even think about the B engines but they were numbered differently. You can find those listed on the link if you scroll down past all the A stuff. The number would have a B prefix on a car and a BB prefix on a truck. It should be June of 1933 according to that list. http://www.fordgarage.com/pages/ABenginenumbers.htm

If it has a 18 prefix then it is a V8 frame with a model B engine and it would be a 1934. A lot of years have gone by so many changes could have happened.

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Old 10-10-2017, 01:37 PM   #9
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I came across a Ford Delivery Van project with a 4 cylinder engine for sale.
The serial number is 5217966 and the title says it's a 1934. Is that a 1934 serial number?
Where are you finding the serial number? On the frame near the cowl but readable without removing anything?

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Old 10-10-2017, 02:04 PM   #10
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Only on the title.

I have not personally seen this car. When I posted the original question I was concerned about the the 34 title and what I thought was. 32 radiator shell. I didn't realize until I perused the link Rotorwrench posted that the 34 trucks used what appeared to be a32 shell.
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Old 10-10-2017, 02:46 PM   #11
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The hood and radiator shell say '33, not '34, which is consistent with the engine build date. (The issue is a bit confused by the dashes laying in the foreground as the one on top is '32 while the one beneath is '33-'34.)
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