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Old 01-31-2020, 03:17 PM   #1
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Default '41 Ford VIN No. question

The VIN on my 1941 Coupe is: 18-6369218. Does anyone know if this is an early or later in the year model? I am having a radiator built for it and the mfr. wants to know. Apparently there is a minor difference in the metal piece that separates the 2 radiator halves.
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Old 01-31-2020, 04:39 PM   #2
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According to Mac VanPelt's site, your car (-6,369,218) is kind'a right in the middle. '41 production began with 18-5,896,295 and ended with 18-6,769,035. DD
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Old 01-31-2020, 04:42 PM   #3
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COOPMAN thank you. Why I love the Ford Barn !!
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Old 01-31-2020, 05:45 PM   #4
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there is a mid year change to the area around the radiator due to the addition of a 6 cylinder engine, that maybe the reason for the question of early/late
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Don't know where my 41 falls. I went with the single element radiator since it cost $1,000 and the dual core one was $2,000. Convinced me.
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Old 01-31-2020, 06:26 PM   #6
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If your coupe has the extra stainless trim on the fenders and the mustache above the grill, it is a "late" production model.
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Old 02-01-2020, 09:35 AM   #7
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Thanks, alan. mrtexas, I can't believe how much the split radiators cost. I thought about a single but decided to go with the split. If we don't spend a couple thousand a year on our Fords we ain't driving them much. (:
drolston mine does not.
Thank you for the responses.
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Also look at the glass bugs(date codes) of your glass, all the glass on my coupe has date codes, this will get you closer to your manufacturing date.
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The crossmember also changed for the G engine. The new crossmember affected the ride height a bit for the later 41 vehicles. This may have affected the pickups more than the cars though.

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Old 02-02-2020, 11:22 AM   #10
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corvette8n, All of the glass on my Ford has been replaced (before I bought it) so I have no glass bugs. Thanks for the reply.
rotorwrench, my Coupe does not have that cross member so I guess that puts it in the middle of production. Thanks for the reply.
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You serial number is 95,000 numbers older than mine, the bugs on my glass are March and April, also appendex D in the 41-48 Ford book says front fenders changed to 2 piece on 12/12/40 also vent window locks added.
Front vent window frames chrome plated on 3/24/41.

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Hope this gets you a little closer.

I fixed an error Yours was made 95,000 cars before mine was made.

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Old 02-02-2020, 08:28 PM   #12
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corvette8n I do have the green book but but missed the fender and window glass info. Thanks.
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