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38 110 Business Coupe
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A friend of mine called and they stated that they someone show up at their shop with a 1938 110 Business Coupe that had been stored, for who knows how long, and it was part of an estate sale. They knew that I had and liked Packardís, so they called me and I went down to take a look. Need someone who wants a pretty formidable, not me
Any they had a question about the vehicle ID Plate. It seem that it is a paper decal that was painted over. Never heard of this, but I saw it and donít what to think. Their question is ď are the VIN numbers located somewhere on the frame?Ē
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W James

Posted on: 9/17 10:07:35
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Re: 38 110 Business Coupe
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38 used a one year only decal for the VN information and apparently those did not hold up well at all. From all that has been posted the decals seemed to self destruct and disappear over the years. The fact that one was painted may be the only reason it is still on the car.

Perhaps if the paint is not too thick an alternative light source and varying angles looking at the decal might be able to bring out the numbers but if not, unless there is some original paperwork available there is no other place to look or any way to retrieve the number. The motor number should be stamped in the usual place and some states did use the motor number to register by. Without paperwork, today that number would only verify if the engine was the correct one for the car and might not necessarily be the same engine the car originally had.

Posted on: 9/17 10:35:05
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Re: 38 110 Business Coupe
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My 38 coupe (120) has a decal still somewhat intact. If you hold a light just right you can make out the numbers. In order to make life easier in the future I stamped the number into the frame rail near the steering box.

Posted on: 9/17 11:38:39
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Re: 38 110 Business Coupe
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So there is not any VIN on the frame or body. My Friend stated that his ford has numbers on the frame in 3 different places and you have to remove the body to see two of them

Posted on: 9/17 11:42:13
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Re: 38 110 Business Coupe
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Other than the engine number anything stamped in steel or on the Packard frame was stopped sometime in the late 20s era. By the early 30s it seems to be the engine number was stamped on the engine and VN was only on the separate patent plate.

Posted on: 9/17 12:01:54
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Re: 38 110 Business Coupe
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The only exception to HH56's comment that I'm aware of has been seen on two 1601 chassis sales for export to overseas coachwork builders. In both cases, in addition to the patent plate decal, the vehicle number was stamped on the top face of the right-side frame rail adjacent to the generator. Whether this was done as part of the original chassis build or after delivery is unknown to me.

Posted on: 9/17 12:23:37
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