1959 Chevy Big Truck VIN Decoder 2018-10-25T19:03:32+00:00

1959 VIN – Model – Series Identification

RPO = Regular Production Options

Serial Numbers locations

*ENGINE**TRANSMISSION*
V8 Numbers = Top of Right Hand Bank at the front.
6 Cylinder Numbers = On boss at the rear of the distributor.
3-speed conventional, overdrive, 4-speed = rear face.
3-speed Heavy Duty = left side at rear.
5-speed = right side rear bottom.
Automatic = left side at rear.

*REAR END**VEHICLE*

Series 3100 = front face.
All Other = top

Forward Control = left hand side on steering column. Flat Face Cowl = front face of cowl top panel.
All Other = body hinge pillar.

Vehicle Serial Numbers

Example: 3C59K100035
3D = Series*, 59 = Year, K = Assembly Plant,
100035 = Unit Number beginning with 100001 at each plant regardless of Series.
* = The letter “V” prefix to the Series designation will identify models equipped with optional V-8 engine.

 

SeriesDesignationTon   SeriesWheel Base (in)Model Type
3A1/23100 %114Flat Face Cowl Chassis, Cab Chassis, Pickup Step Side, Pickup Fleet Side, Panel, Suburban W/S Cowl Chassis & Cameo
3B1/23200123.2Cab Chassis, Pickup Step Side, Pickup Fleet Side
3C1/23400104Forward Control, Step Van
3D3/43500125Forward Control, Step Van
3E3/43600 %123.2Flat Face Cowl Chassis, Cab Chassis, Pickup Step Side, Pickup Fleet Side, Stake & W/S Cowl Chassis
3F13700137Forward Control, Step Van
3G13800 %135Flat Face Cowl Chassis, Cab Chassis, Pickup Step Side, Panel, Stake & W/S Cowl Chassis
4A1-1/24100132.5Flat Face Cowl Chassis, Cab Chassis, Stake & W/S Cowl Chassis
4B1-1/24400156.5Flat Face Cowl Chassis, Cab Chassis, Stake & W/S Cowl Chassis
4C1-1/24500156.5School Bus Chassis
5A25100112.6Cab Chassis
5B25400136.6Cab Chassis & Stake
5C25700160.6Cab Chassis & Stake
5D1-1/2HD5100S112.6Cab Chassis
5E1-1/2HD5400S136.6Cab Chassis & Stake
5F1-1/2HD5700S160.6Cab Chassis
5G2HD5100H112.6Cab Chassis
5H2HD5400H136.6Cab Chassis & Stake
5J2HD5700H160.6Cab Chassis
5K25300124.6Cab Chassis
5L1-1/2HD5300S124.6Cab Chassis
5M2HD5300H124.6Cab Chassis
6A26100132.5Flat Face Cowl Chassis, Cab Chassis, Stake & W/S Cowl Chassis
6B26400156.5Flat Face Cowl Chassis, Cab Chassis, Stake & W/S Cowl Chassis
6C26500174.5Flat Face Cowl Chassis, Cab Chassis & W/S Cowl Chassis
6D26702196.5School Bus Chassis
6E26800222.5School Bus Chassis
6F1-1/2HD6100S132.5Flat Face Cowl Chassis, Cab Chassis, Stake & W/S Cowl Chassis
6G1-1/2HD6400S156.5Flat Face Cowl Chassis, Cab Chassis, Stake & W/S Cowl Chassis
6H1-1/2HD6500S174.5Flat Face Cowl Chassis, Cab Chassis & W/S Cowl Chassis
6J26200129.6Forward Control
6K26600153.6Forward Control
6L2HD6100H132.5Flat Face Cowl Chassis, Cab Chassis, Stake & W/S Cowl Chassis
6M2HD6400H156.5Flat Face Cowl Chassis, Cab Chassis, Stake & W/S Cowl Chassis
6N2HD6500H174.5Flat Face Cowl Chassis, Cab Chassis & W/S Cowl Chassis
6P26300144.5Cab Chassis
6R1-1/2HD6300S144.5Cab Chassis
6S2HD6300H144.5Cab Chassis
6T2HD6700S196.5Cab Chassis
6U26700196.5Cab Chassis
6V26703196.5Cab Chassis
7A2-1/27100112Cab Chassis & Stake
7B2-1/27200124Cab Chassis
7C2-1/27700172Cab Chassis
8A2-1/28100132.5Cab Chassis & Stake
8B2-1/28200144.5Cab Chassis
8C2-1/28400 @154.5Cab Chassis & Stake
8D2-1/28500 @174.5Cab Chassis
8E2-1/28700 @192.5Cab Chassis
8F2-1/28800240School Bus Chassis
9A2-1/29100112Cab Chassis
9B2-1/29200124Cab Chassis
9C2-1/29700172Cab Chassis
10A2-1/210100132.5Cab Chassis
10B2-1/210200144.5Cab Chassis
10C2-1/210400 @156.5Cab Chassis
10D2-1/210500 @174.5Cab Chassis
10E2-1/210700 @192.5Cab Chassis
10F2-1/210800240School Bus Chassis
	S = "Special" Model 
	H = "Heavy Duty" Model
	% = Optional Four Wheel Drive Equipment is available on these models; see RPO 690. 
	@ = Optional Tandem Axle Equipment is available on these models; for 8000 Series see 
		RPO 682; for 10000 Series see RPO 476.
	Series 3000 = Light Duty
	Series 4000, 5000, 6000, 6000S & 6000H  = Medium Duty
	Series 7000, 8000, 9000 & 10000 = Heavy Duty
	ASSEMBLY PLANTS:
	A = Atlanta
	B = Baltimore
	F = Flint
	J = Janesville
	K = Kansas City
	L = Los Angeles
	N = Norwood
	O = Oakland
	S = St. Louis
	T = Tarrytown
	G = GM Truck

Rear Axle Identification (Chevrolet)
Example:  AF 2 12
AF = Type, series and assembly Plant designation.
2 = Month.
12 = Day of month

Axle numbers are stamped on the front or top of the Carrier.

Capacity (lbs)TypeRatioSeries
3300AF3.90:131 and 32 Regular Production 
3300AJ3.70:131 and 32 with RPO 208 
3300AR4.11:13103-04-05-06-16 with RPO 690
5000CA5.14:134-35-3700 Regular Production
5000CB5.14:134-35-37-3800 with RPO’s 295-299-462
5000CC4.57:13600 Regular Production with RPO’s 314-316-318
5000CD4.57:13600 with RPO’s 282-285
5000CP4.57:13603-04-09 with RPO 690
5000CE5.14:134-35-3700 with RPO’s 314-316-318
7200CF5.14:13800 (RPO 34-35-3700) with RPO 205
7200CQ5.14:13803-04-05-09 with RPO 690
11000CG6.17:14000 Regular Production 
11000CW6.40/8.7241-4400 with RPO 201
11000CN6.40/8.724000 with RPO 201 
15000CM7.20:150-60-70-80-10800 Regular Production with RPO’s 291-292-451-452#-477
15000CM7.20:150-60 with RPO 201
15000CL6.40/8.7270-80 (exc. 8800) with RPO 291-292-451-452#-477 
15000CR7.20:170-80-10800 
15000CS6.40/8.7270-80 (exc. 8800) with RPO 201
30000DA7.20:184-85-8700 (TDM) RPO 682 
30000DA7.20:1104-105-10700 (TDM) RPO 476 
 30000 DB7.20:184-85-8700 (TDM) RPO 682 
 30000 DB7.20:1104-105-10700 (TDM) RPO 476 
 30000 DC7.20:184-85-87-104-105-10700 (TDM) RPO 585 
 30000 DD7.20:184-85-87-104-105-10700 (TDM) RPO 585

    # = RPO 452 not available on 5-6-7-8000

Rear Axle Identification (Eaton)
Specification Number is stamped on the Housing Arm.
Ratio and Serial Numbers are stamped on the Carrier.

Capacity (lbs)Spec NumbersRatiosSeries and Capacity
16000S-97017.17:15-6000
16000S-97026.50/9.04:15-6000
16000S-98997.17:17-8-10800 $
16000S-99026.50/9.04:17-8000*
16000S-99747.17/9.97:17-8000* (Hydraulic brake – cast wheel)
16000S-99007.17:17-8000* (Full Air)
16000S-99757.17/9.97:17-8000* (Hydraulic brake – disc wheel)
16000S-99767.17/9.97:17-8000* (Air brake – cast wheel)
16000S-99777.17/9.97:17-8000* (Air brake – disc wheel)
18000S-99057.17:19-10000 $
18000S-99067.67:19-10000 %
18000S-98477.67:19-10000 % (Full Air)
18000S-97267.17:19-10000 % (Full Air)
18000S-99096.50/8.87:19-10000 % (10 Bolt)
18000S-97276.50/8.87:19-10000 % (Full Air)
18000S-99787.17/9.77:19-10000 % (Hydraulic brake – cast wheel)
18000S-99727.17/9.77:19-10000 % (Hydraulic brake – disc wheel)
18000S-99807.17/9.77:19-10000 % (Air brake – cast wheel)
18000S-99817.17/9.77:19-10000 % (Air brake – disc wheel)
	* = Except 8802 & Tandems
	% = Except 10802 & Tandems
	$ = Except Tandems
	

Front Axle Identification (Eaton)

Capacity (lbs)I-Beam Height (average)SpecSeries
S-98845000  
S-98856000 
S-97036200-6600
S-98937000-9000 
S-97347000-9000 Full Air 
S-98948000-10000
7000S-97338000-10000 Full Air
	Note: Eaton Spec Numbers are stamped on the bottom LH side, the Serial Number 
	      is stamped on the bottom RH side of the I-beam.

Engine Serial Numbers (Loadmaster Excluded)
Example: F 101 N
F = Flint; T = Tonawanda
1 = Year
01 = Day of the Month
N = Type and Series designation

 

TypeSeriesDescription
J31-32-3800Thriftmaster 235 with 3-speed (regular production)
JC31-32-36-3800Thriftmaster 235 with HD clutch (RPO 227)
JC4000Thriftmaster 235 with HD clutch
JF31-32-36-38-41-4400Thriftmaster 235 with Hydramatic (RPO 314 & 321)
K34-35-3700Thriftmaster 235 with 3-speed
KA34-35-3700Thriftmaster 235 with Hydramatic (RPO 321)
L6000Jobmaster 261
LC6000Jobmaster 261 with Powermatic Transmission (RPO 309)
LD6000Jobmaster 261 with AOHB (RPO 413)
LE6000Jobmaster 261 with Powermatic Transmission and AOHB (RPO 413 & 309)
M31-32-36-38-4000Taskmaster 283 (RPO 408)
MA31-32-36-38-4000Taskmaster 283 with Hydramatic (RPO 314-321 & 408)
MB4000Taskmaster 283 with HD clutch (RPO 227 & 408)
N5000Taskmaster 283
NA5000Taskmaster 283 with Powermatic Transmission (RPO 309)
NC5000Taskmaster 283 with AOHB (RPO 413)
ND5000Taskmaster 283 with Powermatic Transmission and AOHB (RPO 413 & 309)
P6000Taskmaster 283 (RPO 408)
PA6000Taskmaster 283 with Powermatic Transmission(RPO 309 & 408)
PC6000Taskmaster 283 with AOHB (RPO 413 & 408)
PD6000Taskmaster 283 with Powermatic Transmission and AOHB (RPO 413-408 & 309)
R5000Taskmaster 283 with 4BC (RPO 418)
R7000Taskmaster 283 with 4BC
RA5000Taskmaster 283 with 4BC and Powermatic Transmission (RPO 418 & 309)
RA7000Taskmaster 283 with 4BC and Powermatic Transmission
RC5-7000Taskmaster 283 with 4BC and Air Over Hydraulic Brakes (RPO 413 & 585)
RD5-7000Taskmaster 283 with 4BC, Powermatic Transmission & AOHB (RPO 413-585 & 309)
S6000Taskmaster 283 with 4BC (RPO 418)
S8000Taskmaster 283 with 4BC
SA6000Taskmaster 283 with 4BC and Powermatic Transmission (RPO 418 & 309)
SA8000Taskmaster 283 with 4BC and Powermatic Transmission
SC6-8000Taskmaster 283 with Powermatic Transmission & AOHB (RPO 413-585 & 309)
SD6-8000Taskmaster 283 with 4BC and Air Over Hydraulic Brakes (RPO 413 & 585)
T7000Workmaster 348 with RPO 385
T9000Workmaster 348
TA9000Workmaster 348 with Powermatic Transmission RPO 309
U10000Workmaster 348 (exc. 10800)
UA10000Workmaster 348 with Powermatic Transmission RPO 309 (exc. 10800)

    AOHB = Air Over Hydraulic Brakes

Loadmaster Engine Serial Numbers (322 cu. in. V8, Buick)
Example: CA2 – 001234
CA2 = Source and Designation
001234 = Unit Number starting with 001001

 TypeSeriesDescription
    
 CS210800Loadmaster 322 V8
 CA210800Loadmaster 322 V8 with Powermatic Transmission

Transmission Identification

Three Speed Conventional and Overdrive
Example: M 2 28
M = Muncie; S = Saginaw
2 = Month
28 = Day of Month

Four Speed Syncro-Mesh
Example: T 2 28
T = Toledo
2 = Month
28 = Day of Month

 

Four Speed Automatic (Hydramatic)
Series 31-3200 without oil cooler (L-6) – Pink Plate Color
Series 3600 without oil cooler (L-6) – Yellow Plate Color
Series 34-35-36-38-4000 with oil cooler (L-6) – White Plate Color
Series 38-4000 with V8 & oil cooler – Light Green Plate Color
Series 3800 without oil cooler & V8 – Dark Brown Plate Color

 

Three Speed Heavy Duty
Example: W B 28 2
W = Borg Warner
B = Month (February)
28 = Day of Month
2 = Shift

Five Speed Syncro-Mesh (New Process)
Example: 2 28 7
2 = Month.
28 = Day of Month
7 = Year

Five Speed Syncro-Mesh HD (Spicer)
Example: D B 28 7
D = Manufacture (Dana Corp)
B = Month (February)
28 = Day of Month
7 = Year.

 

Six Speed Automatic (Powermatic)
Series 6000 with 261 cu in engine = Red Plate Color
Series 50-60-70-8000 with V8 engine = Yellow Plate Color
Series 90-10000 = Green Plate Color