The following information will assist in interpreting the codes stamped on your Dodge body tag. Tags are under the hood on open cabs and on passengers door pillars on closed cabs.

A typical number would be something like 4166-1153. The four numbers before the hyphen are comprised of the model year (40, 41, 42) and a 2 digit body code drawn from the following list:

    10 = flat face cowl
    12 = closed cab
    19 = reconnaissance
    29 = radio reconnaissance
    39 = ambulance
    49 = carryall
    62 = closed cab
    66 = express body with transverse rear seats
    76 = express body with no rear seats
    90 = flat face cowl with bucket seats

The year code indicates the model year designated by the manufacturer and not necessarily the calendar year when the vehicle was built. Thus, "40" meaning 1940 indicates a VC/VF model; "41" representing 1941 indicates a 1/2-ton WC model and "42" for 1942 refers to 3/4 & 1-1/2 ton WC models.

The numbers after the hyphen indicate the production number of the vehicle body type, so in the above example, it would refer to a 1/2-ton Weapon Carrier with an express body fitted with transverse rear seats - the 1,153rd built.

A 4 or 5 digit number can also be found stamped into the engine compartment side of the firewall on 3/4-ton command cars - next to the steering column hole. This appears to be a Budd serial number used only on command car bodies - it may not necessarily match the body tag number as the same bodies were used to produce both command cars (type 19) and radio command cars (type 29).

Makers of Dodge bodies from the Dodge Master Parts list:

    Cargo and Reconnaissance bodies by Edward G. Budd Mfg. Co, Detroit, Michigan.
    Dump bodies by Gar Wood Industries Inc, Detroit, Michigan.
    Telephone Installation bodies by Highway Trailer Co, Edgerton, Wisconsin.
    Emergency Repair bodies by American Coach & Body Co, Cleveland Ohio.
    Carry-All bodies by Proctor-Keefe Body Co, Detroit, Michigan.
    Ambulance bodies by Wayne Works, Richmond, Indiana.