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can you tell what it the numbers are?

Post by Bob at Warsaw » Sun Dec 29, 2013 11:39 pm

hi all
i need your opinion on what the numbers are. i think i
know what they are, but it sure would be nice if 90%
of yall think the same thing :D


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Re: can you tell what it the numbers are?

Post by Ben Dover » Mon Dec 30, 2013 6:38 am

20907524, a typical early Korean War M-38. If you keep sanding, the original 2" numbers may come up.
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Re: can you tell what it the numbers are?

Post by Tom Wolboldt » Tue Dec 31, 2013 3:01 pm

Hi Bob,

Looks like 20901524 to me.
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Re: can you tell what it the numbers are?

Post by BWLentz » Thu Jan 02, 2014 11:36 am

I agree with Tom... It definitely looks like 20901524 to me.
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Re: can you tell what it the numbers are?

Post by podski » Thu Jan 02, 2014 3:13 pm

Looks to me like 2090x524 where everything but the "x" is pretty certain. The rounded bottom of what is showing in the "x" digit makes me think it is not a "1". I suspect that a "1" would have a bottom more like the bottom of the "4" (though the bottom of the "4" is not very clear). Makes me more inclined to believe the "x" digit is a "7". Does anyone have any pics anywhere of numbers with this font that include a "1" or "7" for comparison? That would be most helpful.
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Post by podski » Thu Jan 02, 2014 3:41 pm

Found this in a thread under Vintage Photos. Looks like the same font. Unfortunately no "7", but the "1" does not look like the digit in question here.
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Private Virginia S. Peirson, a drvier for the Base Motor Pool, poses for the camera at Bradley Field.

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Re: can you tell what it the numbers are?

Post by podski » Thu Jan 02, 2014 3:55 pm

Here's a couple that contain "7" in what looks to be the same font. I'm gonna say 20907524
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UNITED STATES - March 1, 1944: Worker unloading a truck of goods at Japanese internment camp, Tule Lake, CA.
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Re: can you tell what it the numbers are?

Post by Escort » Sun Mar 23, 2014 5:34 am

Bob,
I agree with Podski it's a 7.
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Re: can you tell what it the numbers are?

Post by Ben Dover » Sun Mar 23, 2014 6:01 am

Note that it is an M-38, I do not believe that USA numbers starting with 20901XXX were used on the M-38.
Lloyd White used to keep a comprehensive list of M-38 Registrations, and years ago, assisted owners thru MVPA Army Motors correspondence on these numbers. The "1" is questionable. The 5th digit could also be an "8" which would be within M-38 USA series of numbers.
The WWII 8 digit MB/GPW hood numbers do not reach 209.
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Post by 1943Willysgpw » Wed Jan 21, 2015 2:13 pm

I think it is an 8. look at the thin top and to the right of the curve at the bottom. Just wondering.
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Re: can you tell what it the numbers are?

Post by 1943Willysgpw » Wed Jan 21, 2015 2:14 pm

Ok, it might be a seven. :?
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Re: can you tell what it the numbers are?

Post by Ben Dover » Wed Jan 21, 2015 5:14 pm

The hood numbers are not in the original Willys factory font. They are from a brass stencil kit from the Motor Pool or Company Supply
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Re: can you tell what it the numbers are?

Post by Boyso » Thu Jan 22, 2015 7:40 am

Looks like a 7 to me, and the last 2, could it be an 8?
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Re: can you tell what it the numbers are?

Post by Ben Dover » Thu Jan 22, 2015 9:13 am

Wes Knettle has some M-38 USA and Serial No. data he has researched. Both USA's are a M-38 possibility, tying them to the serial No may be give a reasonable answer. Sometimes when the vehicles go in for a repaint, the USA Number is hand written on the reverse side of the instrument panel data plate.
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