No they are not tied to the vin in anyway and once lost they are gone. The M715 had two different styles of hood registration numbers depending on the year they were produced. 67' trucks had the older style of marking looking like this 3A 0001. The 3 indicates the vehicles vehicle class. This class runs from 3/4 ton to 1 1/4 ton. Any military vehicles, with a load rating between those weight limits would start with this number. The A and the 0001 work together to show which number of medium weight vehicle built that this one is. A 0001 would be the first, A 9999 would be the 9999th one built. The next one, #10,000, built would be B 0001. Once 9999 were built as B's, the marking would change to C 0001 at number 19,999 and so on. In 1968, the military changed the Registration Number system again and now included a year in the Registration Number as well. A sample of this style looks like this: 03A00168 The 03 still refers to the medium weight vehicle class.The A and the 001 work together just as described for the earlier system, though only accounting for 999 vehicles before changing to the next letter instead of the previous methods 9999 limit. The 68 is the year, 1968, and does not change for any vehicle made that year.We're the hood numbers somehow correlated to the vin? I tried to see if I could find my old numbers under the fire department respray -no luck unfortunately.
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