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    Posted: 05 Feb. 2024 at 3:52pm
Have owned a T3-C for several years and just now getting around to a refurbing project.  I hold an AZ title for the trailer which indicates a 1949 "T3C312".  The data plate located on the front panel, high on the left side has been damaged and painted over more than once.  What I have been able to uncover  
is "49  F1  T3-C  SERIAL 312".  The 49 seems to verify the 1949.  "F1" is a mystery to me.  Very hard to clearly see, but there could be a "1" after the "312".  The plate does very much seem to be original.

Questions:  What does "F1" indicate?
                  In 1949, should the serial number be four digits?
                  Could there be a serial number stamped in some other location on the trailer?

                  Is there a US company which produces new and period correct data plates?

                  Do owners of these trailers insure?  (I hold collector declared value insurance on a classic                        car and my CJ3A.)  

                  How or who can determine the value of my T3-C?

Thanks for any who may have some answers or thoughts for my questions.

Don Parrish    Phoenix
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Click on the logo up at the top right of this screen.  It will take you to Art's trailer site.  At the bottom of that screen is a guy who make plates for these, along with tons of info about them. The number you listed don’t make sense to me but Art will chime in as a much better experienced person.  The original plates were on the upper drivers side.  As for insurance, mine is with my others Willys at Hagerty on an agreed value which I have at $3,500 since I have started restore including replacing the floor.

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Don

I'd like to see a picture of the Data Plate.

What you posted does not sound original.

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That was my first impression also.
The data plate does not seem to match up with the normal numbers.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote 48cj2a Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 Feb. 2024 at 6:49pm
Don sent me his dataplate to further examine. I did a little light scrubbing with a Mr. Clean eraser sponge and can see 3/4 of the last digit and with the same spacing apart of each character. SN 3121







Edited by 48cj2a - 24 Feb. 2024 at 6:50pm
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