Numbers on 55 chevy hard top

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Hinge pillar I'D tag
Iam building a 55 chevy hard top I noticed some numbers on hinge pillar by the I'D tag stamped in metal DR 16-502 What is this.

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  • jimmothershead
    Nov 12, 2017 at 5:27 PM

  • Never seen those home brew characters in my 76 years
    Jim 410 474 2244

  • jimmothershead
    Nov 7, 2017 at 7:16 AM

  • Siting at a light, looked to the right, there was a '55 Bel Air hardtop parked on the side of Clinton Ford with out tags... a Saturday morning trade in. Made the right, then left into the dealership. Went inside. "Is that Chevy for sale? "......"Son if you have $100 I will put temp tags on it so you can drive it home"...Done deal, June 1959. Built a street killer.
    Jim, having fun with old cars since 1957

  • jimmothershead
    Nov 7, 2017 at 6:59 AM

  • I agree with the other guys = a dremel tool job.
    Back in the '50s, I stamped or engraved my birthday in parts and tools in the event of a robbery.........which did occur November 15, 1963.
    DO NOT REMOVE THAT VIN PLATE. You will loose it.........then you will have to buy one from me.
    Jim, The VIN Plate Guy
    410 474 2244

  • rustedandbusted
    Oct 31, 2017 at 1:47 PM

  • Thank you to all on comments. Looks like they took a real small center punch to do it.

  • lofat46
    Oct 31, 2017 at 8:22 AM

  • It looks like it was done with an electric engraving pen. Back when I was a police officer my dept. would loan out engraving pens for people to mark valuable items, usually with a drivers license number but it could be any number the owner wanted to use, so they could be traced in the event they were stolen. Perhaps a previous owner did that for that reason. Because the factory tag doesn't appear to have been tampered with, I doubt the engraved number was placed there by a DMV for titling purposes. We would also have a service come to the police station from time to time that would etch the cars VIN in the window glass as a theft deterrent.
    Just a guess on my part, but it also kind of resembles a police report number. My agency would used that format, CR (Case Report) 16 (last two digits of year)- 502 (the 502nd call in 2016). But this uses the letters DR which stumps me.

  • rustygilmore
    Oct 30, 2017 at 5:10 PM

  • That is not a factory job someone did that in later years after the car was sold.

  • GeneF
    Oct 30, 2017 at 4:03 PM

  • Never seen that before. I had a 56 Chevy, and the VIN tag was on the door post, so that part is correct.... On my Model-A they had something similar, and that was the regional final assembly plant. However, I don't think GM had a network like that.

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