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I have been trying to find the production date of the truck, that I have owned since NEW. Why is my VIN# only 11 digits, and requirement is 17???

I need to know the production date, because I'm doing a frame off restoration and the parts don't match for the body of the truck that I bought BRAND NEW in 1979!!!!

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VIN # should be on the vehicle registration papers. Note that time of year you bought truck may affect what parts were used in manufacture, regardless of year on title.

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1st character- Identifies the country in which the vehicle was manufactured.
For example: U.S.A.(1or 4), Canada(2), Mexico(3), Japan(J), Korea(K), England(S), Germany(W), Italy(Z)
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