This section has a variety of information pertaining to the Li'l Red Express
Measurements and location of door decal DOOR DECAL LOCATION
Decal is clear 3M vinyl with gold print and measures 30 1/8" X 13 3/8"
**NOTE: There is no such thing as a"NUMBERS MATCHING" Li'l Red, the actual terminology is, "NUMBERS CORRECT" Lil Red", since, to be correct, the engine and transmission numbers will not match the VIN.
** VIN # VERIFICATION CHECK **
For anyone wanting to verify that their truck is a true "Li'l Red", you can verify your VIN number by checking the number on the passenger side frame rail, just behind the front, rear spring hanger. If the frame is undercoated or rusted, you may have to sand it a little to find the number, but it's there!! The 1978 VIN (D13BS8J------) is located near the center of the frame rail, the #1 1979 VIN (D13JS9S------)is located near the bottom of the frame rail, and #2 1979 VIN is located on the bottom of the frame rail, as you will see in the photos. The other checks for the VIN are, the Equipment ID label , Equipment ID tag ('79 only)radiator support ,under the hood,(compliments of Jesse Lane's '79 Li'l Red), the Vehicle ID plate on the door of the 1978 and on the "B" pillar of the 1979, the Vehicle Certification Label on the "B" pillar and of course the title. Just click on the highlighted items to find the VIN location.
If there is an "S" in the fifth digit, you have a "Real Li'l Red Express Truck"
*****Special thanks goes out to Jeff Brown for finding the 1979 VIN on the bottom of the frame on his 1979 Li'l Red*****
**ENGINE ID NUMBERS CHECK**
To check if you have the correct engine, check the Engine ID "pad" on the right side of the block just above the oil pan. The "Li'l Red" 360 engine "pad" is blank and has no numbers. If there are numbers in this location, the engine is not correct. The only numbers on the engine block are located on the left side of the block below the cylinder head. The first 2 indicate the year and production plant, (8=1978 W=Windsor Plant), the next 3 numbers indicate the cubic inch displacement (360), the next two letters (TI) are unknown factory ID letters and following 4 numbers are the build date, using the Chrysler "10,000 Day Calender", (6145) = May 25th 1978.
Here is a link to the decoder for the 10,000 Calendar: http://maxwedge.com/articles/10k.php
**1978 CAB / BED ID TAGS**
The only "NUMBERS MATCHING" items on a Li'l Red
Another interesting item on indentifing the originality of the 1978 Li'l Red Express is the small ID tags located on the drivers side, top left firewall and a matching number tag located under the left chrome step on the front step support bracket. These tags were installed to make sure the correct cab and bed were joined together during assembly. Both tags will have the same ID number, however this number does not match any other numbers on the truck, it was for assembly only. Trucks that have been restored, usually have these tags missing, since they are very delicate and easy to loose when the steps are taken off.
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