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doorsticker.jpg Vehicle Certification (VC) Sticker
(typically on the rear edge of the driver's door of 4-door models, or the rear of the driver's door opening below the beltline of 2-door models)
IF THE IMAGE IS TOO SMALL, click it.
[url=http://www.fourdoorbronco.com/board/showthread.php?t=5226]Automotive Terms & Abbreviations[/url]

Before posting questions on a truck BBS, take the time to create a signature so the truck's details show with every post.  You can omit the model if it's the same as the forum's name and the century part of the model year.  But put the 2-digit year, model (ONLY if different from the forum), engine size (ci for carb; L for EFI) and ('94-95 only) intake type (MAF or MAP), transmission model, trim level, cab/bed configuration & wheelbase, transfer case model & type (manual or ESOF) & hub lock type (4WD only), gear ratio, tire size, miles (or KMs), single/dual fuel tanks, options (like cruise, overhead console, PW/PM/PL/RKE/theft), mods (like alarm, trailer wiring), maintenance, damage, repairs, etc.  If you don't know all the truck's details, continue reading the caption below & follow the links in it.  DON'T POST THIS INFO because it will only appear in THAT post - not in EVERY post, as a signature will (if you set that option).

Here are some GOOD (but brief) truck descriptions:
92F XL 2WD short cab/bed 5.0 Mazda 202Kmi 3.73 31"MichelinLTX/ATs Cobra29LTD factory single tank changed 2010 for rust
84B XLS 351HO C6 3.50 ~300Kmi 4"susp 2"body D44solid front 38s red outside gray inside full cage RanchHand front & rear Warn xD9000i
95B XLT 5.0MAF 4R70W 195Kmi 35s 4.11s ESOF WarnPrm locks bought 2014 wrecked LHF replaced core support, radiator, headlights, grill, fender, tire, rim, radius arm & bushings, cab step

Here are some POOR ones:
Ford F150 pickup half ton
old Bronco 4WD with lift and tires
1995 Ford Bronco MPV new fender winch gears hubs
87 f150 xl all stock

"Stock" is a useless description because there were so many "stock" trim levels, option packages, deletable options, addable options, and subtle aftermarket changes that a recent purchaser might not recognize as such.  Take the time to inspect your truck thoroughly, and itemize EVERYTHING you can possibly find on it.  If you include unnecessary info, that's OK, and you may receive suggestions to remove that.  But it's always better to have too much than too little.

Uploading pics of your truck would also help.  It's easy to embed them in your posts if you follow the instructions at this link:
http://www.supermotors.net/forums/thid-5972-how-do-i-post-pictures-sounds-and-or-videos

Ford online VIN decoders:
http://www.fordparts.com/Landing/Motorcraft.aspx

http://www.fleet.ford.com/maintenance/vin-decoder/

Build Date Stamp Locations:
The vehicle build date stamp is located as follows: On Bronco and Light Trucks (F-150-250-350) the vehicle build date is stamped on the front surface of the radiator support on the passengers side of the vehicle. On Econoline vehicles (E-150-250-350), the build date is stamped on top of the radiator support.  TSB 83-14-01 (July 13, 1983) states that F & Bronco build date stamps are relocated from the core support to the firewall (cowl/dash) inboard of the L hood hinge due to fluid spills defacing the core support stamps. Following is a sample of the four-digit number that indicates the month and day of build.
 0124 = January 24
1021 = October 21
Yellow ink is normally used for the date stamp. When the marking surface is painted the body color, the date stamp will be marked in red ink. Units from the Ontario Truck Plant (C) will be marked with silver ink.

The build date stamp on my '93EB Bronco is on the L side of the hood in the area above the VECI label in yellow ink.
JUN30 1993


[url=http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?SID=63cea3b1f6d6b52110798d9edd22e76c&node=sp49.6.565.b&rgn=div6]Standard VIN[/url]s do not contain the letters I, O, or Q, due to their similarity with numerals.

Country code (1st VIN digit):
1 = USA
2 = Canada
3 = Mexico
4 = USA (Nissan / Mazda)
5 = USA
J = Japan
K = Korea
S = United Kingdom (England)

Manufacturer code (2nd VIN digit):
A = Land Rover
C = Toyo Kogyo
F = Ford / Mazda
M = Mercury
L = Lincoln
N = Nissan / Kia
Z = Ford (Auto Alliance Int'l.)

Type code (3rd VIN digit):
A = Passenger Car (Ford)
B = Bus
C = Stripped Chassis Truck (Ford)
D = Incomplete Vehicle Truck (Ford)
E = Passenger Car (Mercury), Incomplete Vehicle (Ford)
F = Motor Vehicle/Equipment without engine/powertrain
H = Incomplete Vehicle (Mercury)
J = Incomplete Vehicle (Lincoln)
L = MultiPurpose Vehicle (Land Rover)
M = MultiPurpose Vehicle (Ford)
N = Passenger Car (Lincoln)
T = Complete Truck (Ford)
2 = Imported Passenger Car/MPV (Mazda)
3 = Imported Incomplete Vehicle (Mercury/Nissan/Mazda)
4 = Imported Incomplete Vehicle
4 = Imported Truck/MPV (Mazda)

GVWR/Brakes/Restraints (4th VIN digit) for Ford/L/M:
A = Class A hydraulic under 3Kip
B = Class B hydraulic 3-4Kip
C = Class C hydraulic 4-5Kip
D = Class D hydraulic 5-6Kip
E = Class E hydraulic 6-7Kip
F = Class F hydraulic 7-8Kip
G = Class G hydraulic 8-8.5Kip
H = Class G hydraulic 8.5-9Kip
J = Class H hydraulic 9-10Kip
K = Class 3 hydraulic 10-14Kip
L = Class 4 hydraulic 14-16Kip
M = Class 5 hydraulic 16-19.5Kip
N = Class 6 hydraulic 19.5-26Kip
P = Class 7 hydraulic 26-33Kip, or 7-8Kip w/2 front airbags
R = Class 8 hydraulic 33-55 Kip, or 6-7Kip w/2 front airbags
S = Class 9 hydraulic over 55Kip
T = Class 3 pneumatic 10-14Kip
U = Class 4 pneumatic 14-16Kip
V = Class 5 pneumatic 16-19.5Kip
X = Class 6 pneumatic 19.5-26Kip
Y = Class 7 pneumatic 26-33Kip
Z = Class 8 pneumatic 33-55Kip, or hydraulic 5-6Kip w/2 front airbags
For more specs, check [url=https://www.fleet.ford.com/truckbbas/topics/techspec.html]the Ford website[/url].

Line code (5th VIN digit) for Ford trucks:
E = fullsize van light truck
F = standard cab fullsize light truck
X = extended cab fullsize light truck
W = crew cab fullsize light truck
U = wagon body fullsize light truck

Series code (6th VIN digit) for Ford trucks:
0 = 1/2 ton flareside
1 = 1/2 ton light truck
2 = 3/4 ton light truck
3 = 1 ton light truck

Body Type code (7th VIN digit) for Ford trucks:
Even numbers generally indicate 4WD; odd 2WD, except U15 is 4WD.

Engine code (D - 8th VIN digit) for Ford/L/M:
Early engine tag: . . Late-model engine tag:
[url=http://www.supermotors.net/registry/media/830773][img]http://www.supermotors.net/getfile/830773/thumbnail/engidtag.jpg[/img][/url] . . . . [url=http://www.supermotors.net/registry/media/167732][img]http://www.supermotors.net/getfile/167732/thumbnail/engine-id-sticker.jpg[/img][/url]
A = 140ci 1bbl/2.3L I4 EFI ('90-92), MFI (93-95), SOHC-EFI ('97-98 )
A = (pre '81) 460ciM V8, ('99-up) 5.4L V8 DOHC
B = 200ci 1bbl/3.3L I6, or 300ci 1bbl/4.9L I6, or 2.3L I4
B = 2.5L I4 SOHC-IDI ('98 )
C = 232ci 2bbl/3.8L V6 or SC
C = 2.0L I4, or 2.5L SOHC-MFI ('98 )
C = 7.3L TurboDiesel V8 ('92-94)
D = 4.2L V8 ('81-82) F-series/Bronco ???
D = 2.3L I4 ('85)
E = ('80-82) 300ci 1bbl I6, or 2.3L I4 ('85-87), or 4.0L V6 SOHC-MFI ('97-98 )
F = ('80-82) 302ci VV/5.0L CFI/[url=http://www.supermotors.net/registry/media/624439]5.0L EFI V8[/url] or HO
F = 7.3L Navistar V8 DI ('94½-98 ) "PowerStroke"
G = (pre '83) 302ci VV/5.0L CFI V8
G = ('80, '83-85) 351ciW VV/[url=http://www.supermotors.net/registry/media/624513]5.8L V8[/url]  or HO
G = 460ciM/7.5L V8 EFI ('86-92 ), MFI ('93-96), OHV-EFI ('98 )
H = (pre '77) 390ciM V8 (overlap '76 351W)
H = (76-79) 351ciW 2bbl or HO/[url=http://www.supermotors.net/registry/media/624513]5.8L V8[/url] or HO (overlap '77-79 351ciM)
H = (77-79) [url=http://www.supermotors.net/registry/media/72328]351ciM V8[/url] (overlap '77-79 351ciW)
H = (88-98 ) [url=http://www.supermotors.net/registry/media/72328]5.8L (351ciW EFI) V8[/url]
J = 460ciM/7.5L V8
K = 300ci 1bbl/4.9L I6 HD
K = 7.3L Navistar V8 IDI Turbo ('94)
L = ('83-86) 460ciM/7.5L V8
L = 5.4L V8 gas SOHC-MFI ('97-00), SFI SOHC ('00-up)
M = ('83-85) 3.7L White I4
M = (86-'00) 302ci/5.0L CFI or [url=http://www.supermotors.net/registry/media/624439]5.0L EFI V8[/url] or HO
M = ('88-96) 7.3L V8 diesel IDI NA
M = ('00-up) 5.4L CNG SOHC V8
N = ('86-02) 302ci/[url=http://www.supermotors.net/registry/media/624439]5.0L EFI V8[/url] or HO
N = ('97-98 ) 5.4L SOHC-EFI V8
P = 2.2L V6
P = 5.0L EFI V8 (Explorer/Mountaineer)
R = 232ci/3.8L EFI V6 SC
R = ('92-97) 351ciW VV/Lightning [url=http://www.supermotors.net/registry/media/624513]5.8L V8[/url] HP
S = 2.8L I4, or ('78-80) 400ciM V8, or ('97-98 ) 6.8L EFI V10
T = 140ci/2.3L EFI I4 Turbo
T = 2.9L EFI V6 ('93), or 3.3L V6 SOHC ('99-00)
U = 3.0L EFI V6 ('93-00)
V = ('91) 3.4L Cummins diesel I6
V = ('03-05) 4.6L SFI V8 DOHC Marauder
W = ('81-82) 351ciW V8
W = ('86-92) 140ci/2.3L EFI I4 Turbo
W = ('93-97) 3.0L EFI V6 (compact truck)
W = ('94-up) 4.6L EFI V8 SOHC Romeo (passenger car)
W = ('97-98 ) 4.6L SOHC-MFI V8
X = 200ci 1bbl or 2bbl (Canada)/3.3L I6
X = ('93-00) 4.0L EFI V6
Y = 300ci 1bbl/[url=http://www.supermotors.net/registry/media/790004]4.9L EFI I6[/url]
Z = ('81-82) 400ciM/6.6L V8
Z = ('85) 2.3L I4 (Brazil)
Z = ('94-97) 4.9L GFP I6
Z = ('00-up) 5.4L CNG/Propane SOHC V8
1 = ('83-86) 420ci IH diesel V8
1 = ('97-98 ) 3.0L SOHC-EFI V6
1 = ('99) electric 90hp
2 = ('97-00) 4.2L V6 EFI
3 = ('81-96) 232ci/3.8L CFI or EFI V6
3 = ('00-up) 5.4L SFI SOHC SC V8 Lightning
4 = ('94-00) 232ci/3.8L EFI V6
5 = ('04-up) 5.4L SFI V8 SOHC 3-valve
6 = ('94-up) 4.6L EFI V8 SOHC
7 = 351ci/5.8L V8 (export)
9 = (pre-'96) 300ci 1bbl/4.9L LP I6
9 = ('03-05) 4.6L CNG/LPG V8 SOHC

Check digit (E - 9th VIN digit):
A complex calculation using all other VIN characters (converted to numeric values) produces this value, which can be 0-9 or X (for 10).
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VIN

Year code (F - 10th VIN digit):
B = 1981
C = 1982
D = 1983
E = 1984
F = 1985
G = 1986
H = 1987
J = 1988
K = 1989
L = 1990
M = 1991
N = 1992
P = 1993
R = 1994
S = 1995
T = 1996
V = 1997
W = 1998
X = 1999
Y = 2000
1 = 2001
2 = 2002
3 = 2003
4 = 2004
5 = 2005
6 = 2006
7 = 2007
8 = 2008
9 = 2009
0 = 2010

Plant code (G - 11th VIN digit) for Ford/L/M:
B = Oakville, Onatario, Canada
C = Oakville, Ontario, Canada (Truck)
D = Avon Lake, OH (Truck)
E = Mahwah (?-'81-?)
E = Louisville (Jefferson Co.), KY (Truck)
H = Loraine, OH
I = Highland Park, MI
J = Monterrey, Mexico
K = K.C. (Claycomo), MO
L = Wayne, MI (Truck) (all '66-96 Broncos)
M = Cuatitlan, Mexico
N = Norfolk, VA
P = St. Paul, MN or Twin City, MS
T = Edison, NJ
U = Louisville, KY (CUV)
V = Jefferson, KY (heavy)
Z = St. Louis (Hazlewood), MO

Exterior Paint Colors:
'93 [url=http://www.supermotors.net/registry/media/724168][img]http://www.supermotors.net/getfile/724168/thumbnail/tsb922001paintcodes.jpg[/img][/url] . '94 [url=http://www.supermotors.net/registry/media/724187][img]http://www.supermotors.net/getfile/724187/thumbnail/tsb932404paintcodes.jpg[/img][/url] . '96 [url=http://www.supermotors.net/registry/media/724418][img]http://www.supermotors.net/getfile/724418/thumbnail/tsb952301paintcodes.jpg[/img][/url]

BRAKE code for Ford trucks:
1 = 4-wheel disk ('96 F-superduty)
3 or D = 4WABS ('93-96 Bronco, & later F-series)
4 or B = RABS ('87-93 Bronco, & '87-96 F-series)

BODY (aka INTerior TRim) code for Ford trucks:
1st digit: seats/upholstery
2nd digit: interior color
[url=http://www.supermotors.net/registry/media/852311][img]http://www.supermotors.net/getfile/852311/thumbnail/dashpadsall.jpg[/img][/url]
3rd digit (F-series only): cab/bed
3 - flareside standard cab
4 - styleside standard cab
8 - chassis cab (standard cab, bed delete)
C - flareside super cab
D - styleside crew cab (4-door)
E - chassis cab (crew cab, bed delete)
M - styleside super cab
P - chassis cab (super cab, bed delete)
X - stripped chassis (Mexico)

TRANS codes for Ford trucks:
[url=http://www.supermotors.net/registry/media/912634][img]http://www.supermotors.net/getfile/912634/thumbnail/transtags.jpg[/img][/url] . [url=http://www.supermotors.net/registry/media/72405][img]http://www.supermotors.net/getfile/72405/thumbnail/trans-manuals.jpg[/img][/url] . [url=http://www.supermotors.net/registry/media/762730][img]http://www.supermotors.net/getfile/762730/thumbnail/transgaskets.jpg[/img][/url] Auto Trans ID by Pan Gasket
[url=http://www.f150online.com/forums/articles-how-tos/211867-transmission-information-page.html]adrianspeeder's Trans ID list[/url]
[url=http://www.5speeds.com/toploader.html]5Speeds.Com's Tag Identifier[/url] (bottom of page)
A = [url=http://www.supermotors.net/registry/media/519922]NP435[/url] 4sp
B = BW T-85 3sp ('76-78 ), Clark OD 4sp ('79-86), Ford [url=http://www.5speeds.com/toploader.html]SROD/Tremac T170[/url] 4sp, or T199 (Mexico only)
C = Ford 3.03 3sp, or [url=http://www.supermotors.net/registry/media/545794]ZF S5-42[/url] Close-ratio 5sp
D = BW T-89 3sp
E = BW T-87 3sp (early), or [url=http://www.supermotors.net/registry/media/543732]E4OD[/url]/4R100 auto (gas)
F = [url=http://www.supermotors.net/registry/media/262742]BW T-18[/url] 4sp
G = Ford C4 auto
J = Ford FMX auto
K = Ford [url=http://www.supermotors.net/registry/media/485946]C6[/url] auto
M = [url=http://www.supermotors.net/registry/media/895000]Mazda M5OD-R2[/url] 5sp
P = [url=http://www.supermotors.net/registry/media/262742]BW T-19[/url] 4sp (early), or Ford [url=http://www.supermotors.net/registry/media/485946]C6[/url] auto
T = Ford AOD auto
U = Ford 4R70W auto
W = Ford C5 auto, or [url=http://www.supermotors.net/registry/media/545794]ZF S5-42[/url] HD Wide-ratio 5sp
Z = [url=http://www.supermotors.net/registry/media/545794]ZF S5-42[/url] 5sp
6 = [url=http://www.zf.com/na/content/media/united_states/corporate_replacement_parts_1/service_portfolio/lcv/Part_Number_Progression_Charts.pdf]ZF[/url] M6HD-6 6sp
7 = Ford [url=http://www.supermotors.net/registry/media/543732]E4OD[/url]/4R100 auto (Lightning)
9 = Ford [url=http://www.supermotors.net/registry/media/543732]E4OD[/url]/4R100 auto (diesel)

[url=http://www.supermotors.net/registry/media/173572]AXLE codes[/url] for Ford trucks:
1st digit: A letter generally indicates a limited slip diff (H for 1/2-tons) or a heavy axle; 1 generally indicates a 1/2-ton axle with an open diff; 2 generally indicates a 3/4-ton open; 3 a 1-ton open.  There are MANY exceptions.
2nd digit:
1 = 3.07 (heavy), 3.00 (light), 3.54, 3.07
2 = 2.73, 3.73 (early light), 3.50 (early heavy), 4.63 (late heavy)
3 = 3.54 (late), 3.73 (early), 4.10, 4.11, 5.13 (heavy)
4 = 3.00 or 3.73
5 = 4.10 or 4.00
6 = 3.55 (heavy) or 3.73 (medium)
7 = 3.31 or 2.47
8 = 3.08, 4.88 (heavy)
9 = 3.55, 3.70 or 4.11 (early)
3rd digit: (4WD only) Any character (usually 2 or B) indicates a limited slip front axle
[url=http://www.supermotors.net/registry/media/544471][img]http://www.supermotors.net/getfile/544471/thumbnail/d44ifs96tag.jpg[/img][/url]
8.8" axles under fullsize light trucks are rated at 3800 lbs or more.
[url=http://www.supermotors.net/registry/media/170512][img]http://www.supermotors.net/getfile/170512/thumbnail/axletag.jpg[/img][/url] . [url=http://www.supermotors.net/registry/media/173614][img]http://www.supermotors.net/getfile/173614/thumbnail/danaaxleidtag.jpg[/img][/url]

SPRing codes refer to specific PNs for the springs on a truck, and can only be decoded by a Ford parts counter person.  But they're mostly obsolete since springs can't be ordered that way for most (older) vehicles.

DSO (District Sales Office) RC (Region Code):
11 - Boston
13 - New York
16 - Philadelphia
17 - Washington D.C. (before '94)
21 - Atlanta
23 - Memphis
24 - Orlando
27 - Washington D.C. (after '93)
41 - Chicago
44 - Pittsburgh
47 - Cincinnati
48 - Detroit
52 - Dallas
53 - Kansas City
56 - Denver
58 - Twin Cities
71 - Los Angeles
72 - San Jose (before '94)
72 - San Francisco (after '93)
74 - Seattle
83 - Government
84 - Home Office Reserve (HOR)
85 - American Red Cross
86 - Recreational Vehicle Pool
87 - Body Company
89 - Transportation Services
9A - Export
A1 - Mercury Canada Central
A2 - Mercury Canada Eastern
A3 - Mercury Canada Atlantic
A4 - Mercury Canada Midwestern
A6 - Mercury Canada Western
A7 - Mercury Canada Pacific
A8 - Mercury Canada Great Lakes
I1 - Mercury/Ford  Canada Export
B1 - Ford Canada Central
B2 - Ford Canada Eastern
B3 - Ford Canada Atlantic
B4 - Ford Canada Midwestern
B6 - Ford Canada Western
B7 - Ford Canada Pacific
B8 - Ford Canada Great Lakes

Domestic Special Order (DSO), FSO, PTO:
If applicable, the complete order number is under the DSO spacer after the 2-digit district code.
[url=http://www.supermotors.net/registry/media/770709][img]http://www.supermotors.net/getfile/770709/thumbnail/lime96b.jpg[/img][/url]

[url=http://www.fourdoorbronco.com/board/showthread.php?t=5226]Automotive Terms & Abbreviations[/url]

[url=https://service.gm.com/dealerworld/vincards/]GM VIN decoder cards[/url]
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Vehicle Certification (VC) Sticker
(typically on the rear edge of the driver's door of 4-door models, or the rear of the driver's door opening below the beltline of 2-door models)
IF THE IMAGE IS TOO SMALL, click it.
Automotive Terms & Abbreviations

Before posting questions on a truck BBS, take the time to create a signature so the truck's details show with every post. You can omit the model if it's the same as the forum's name and the century part of the model year. But put the 2-digit year, model (ONLY if different from the forum), engine size (ci for carb; L for EFI) and ('94-95 only) intake type (MAF or MAP), transmission model, trim level, cab/bed configuration & wheelbase, transfer case model & type (manual or ESOF) & hub lock type (4WD only), gear ratio, tire size, miles (or KMs), single/dual fuel tanks, options (like cruise, overhead console, PW/PM/PL/RKE/theft), mods (like alarm, trailer wiring), maintenance, damage, repairs, etc. If you don't know all the truck's details, continue reading the caption below & follow the links in it. DON'T POST THIS INFO because it will only appear in THAT post - not in EVERY post, as a signature will (if you set that option).

Here are some GOOD (but brief) truck descriptions:
92F XL 2WD short cab/bed 5.0 Mazda 202Kmi 3.73 31"MichelinLTX/ATs Cobra29LTD factory single tank changed 2010 for rust
84B XLS 351HO C6 3.50 ~300Kmi 4"susp 2"body D44solid front 38s red outside gray inside full cage RanchHand front & rear Warn xD9000i
95B XLT 5.0MAF 4R70W 195Kmi 35s 4.11s ESOF WarnPrm locks bought 2014 wrecked LHF replaced core support, radiator, headlights, grill, fender, tire, rim, radius arm & bushings, cab step

Here are some POOR ones:
Ford F150 pickup half ton
old Bronco 4WD with lift and tires
1995 Ford Bronco MPV new fender winch gears hubs
87 f150 xl all stock

"Stock" is a useless description because there were so many "stock" trim levels, option packages, deletable options, addable options, and subtle aftermarket changes that a recent purchaser might not recognize as such. Take the time to inspect your truck thoroughly, and itemize EVERYTHING you can possibly find on it. If you include unnecessary info, that's OK, and you may receive suggestions to remove that. But it's always better to have too much than too little.

Uploading pics of your truck would also help. It's easy to embed them in your posts if you follow the instructions at this link:
http://www.supermotors.net/forums/thid-5972-how-do-i-post-pictures-sounds-and-or-videos

Ford online VIN decoders:
http://www.fordparts.com/Landing/Motorcraft.aspx

http://www.fleet.ford.com/maintenance/vin-decoder/

Build Date Stamp Locations:
The vehicle build date stamp is located as follows: On Bronco and Light Trucks (F-150-250-350) the vehicle build date is stamped on the front surface of the radiator support on the passengers side of the vehicle. On Econoline vehicles (E-150-250-350), the build date is stamped on top of the radiator support. TSB 83-14-01 (July 13, 1983) states that F & Bronco build date stamps are relocated from the core support to the firewall (cowl/dash) inboard of the L hood hinge due to fluid spills defacing the core support stamps. Following is a sample of the four-digit number that indicates the month and day of build.
0124 = January 24
1021 = October 21
Yellow ink is normally used for the date stamp. When the marking surface is painted the body color, the date stamp will be marked in red ink. Units from the Ontario Truck Plant (C) will be marked with silver ink.

The build date stamp on my '93EB Bronco is on the L side of the hood in the area above the VECI label in yellow ink.
JUN30 1993


Standard VINs do not contain the letters I, O, or Q, due to their similarity with numerals.

Country code (1st VIN digit):
1 = USA
2 = Canada
3 = Mexico
4 = USA (Nissan / Mazda)
5 = USA
J = Japan
K = Korea
S = United Kingdom (England)

Manufacturer code (2nd VIN digit):
A = Land Rover
C = Toyo Kogyo
F = Ford / Mazda
M = Mercury
L = Lincoln
N = Nissan / Kia
Z = Ford (Auto Alliance Int'l.)

Type code (3rd VIN digit):
A = Passenger Car (Ford)
B = Bus
C = Stripped Chassis Truck (Ford)
D = Incomplete Vehicle Truck (Ford)
E = Passenger Car (Mercury), Incomplete Vehicle (Ford)
F = Motor Vehicle/Equipment without engine/powertrain
H = Incomplete Vehicle (Mercury)
J = Incomplete Vehicle (Lincoln)
L = MultiPurpose Vehicle (Land Rover)
M = MultiPurpose Vehicle (Ford)
N = Passenger Car (Lincoln)
T = Complete Truck (Ford)
2 = Imported Passenger Car/MPV (Mazda)
3 = Imported Incomplete Vehicle (Mercury/Nissan/Mazda)
4 = Imported Incomplete Vehicle
4 = Imported Truck/MPV (Mazda)

GVWR/Brakes/Restraints (4th VIN digit) for Ford/L/M:
A = Class A hydraulic under 3Kip
B = Class B hydraulic 3-4Kip
C = Class C hydraulic 4-5Kip
D = Class D hydraulic 5-6Kip
E = Class E hydraulic 6-7Kip
F = Class F hydraulic 7-8Kip
G = Class G hydraulic 8-8.5Kip
H = Class G hydraulic 8.5-9Kip
J = Class H hydraulic 9-10Kip
K = Class 3 hydraulic 10-14Kip
L = Class 4 hydraulic 14-16Kip
M = Class 5 hydraulic 16-19.5Kip
N = Class 6 hydraulic 19.5-26Kip
P = Class 7 hydraulic 26-33Kip, or 7-8Kip w/2 front airbags
R = Class 8 hydraulic 33-55 Kip, or 6-7Kip w/2 front airbags
S = Class 9 hydraulic over 55Kip
T = Class 3 pneumatic 10-14Kip
U = Class 4 pneumatic 14-16Kip
V = Class 5 pneumatic 16-19.5Kip
X = Class 6 pneumatic 19.5-26Kip
Y = Class 7 pneumatic 26-33Kip
Z = Class 8 pneumatic 33-55Kip, or hydraulic 5-6Kip w/2 front airbags
For more specs, check the Ford website.

Line code (5th VIN digit) for Ford trucks:
E = fullsize van light truck
F = standard cab fullsize light truck
X = extended cab fullsize light truck
W = crew cab fullsize light truck
U = wagon body fullsize light truck

Series code (6th VIN digit) for Ford trucks:
0 = 1/2 ton flareside
1 = 1/2 ton light truck
2 = 3/4 ton light truck
3 = 1 ton light truck

Body Type code (7th VIN digit) for Ford trucks:
Even numbers generally indicate 4WD; odd 2WD, except U15 is 4WD.

Engine code (D - 8th VIN digit) for Ford/L/M:
Early engine tag: . . Late-model engine tag:
. . . .
A = 140ci 1bbl/2.3L I4 EFI ('90-92), MFI (93-95), SOHC-EFI ('97-98 )
A = (pre '81) 460ciM V8, ('99-up) 5.4L V8 DOHC
B = 200ci 1bbl/3.3L I6, or 300ci 1bbl/4.9L I6, or 2.3L I4
B = 2.5L I4 SOHC-IDI ('98 )
C = 232ci 2bbl/3.8L V6 or SC
C = 2.0L I4, or 2.5L SOHC-MFI ('98 )
C = 7.3L TurboDiesel V8 ('92-94)
D = 4.2L V8 ('81-82) F-series/Bronco ???
D = 2.3L I4 ('85)
E = ('80-82) 300ci 1bbl I6, or 2.3L I4 ('85-87), or 4.0L V6 SOHC-MFI ('97-98 )
F = ('80-82) 302ci VV/5.0L CFI/5.0L EFI V8 or HO
F = 7.3L Navistar V8 DI ('94-98 ) "PowerStroke"
G = (pre '83) 302ci VV/5.0L CFI V8
G = ('80, '83-85) 351ciW VV/5.8L V8 or HO
G = 460ciM/7.5L V8 EFI ('86-92 ), MFI ('93-96), OHV-EFI ('98 )
H = (pre '77) 390ciM V8 (overlap '76 351W)
H = (76-79) 351ciW 2bbl or HO/5.8L V8 or HO (overlap '77-79 351ciM)
H = (77-79) 351ciM V8 (overlap '77-79 351ciW)
H = (88-98 ) 5.8L (351ciW EFI) V8
J = 460ciM/7.5L V8
K = 300ci 1bbl/4.9L I6 HD
K = 7.3L Navistar V8 IDI Turbo ('94)
L = ('83-86) 460ciM/7.5L V8
L = 5.4L V8 gas SOHC-MFI ('97-00), SFI SOHC ('00-up)
M = ('83-85) 3.7L White I4
M = (86-'00) 302ci/5.0L CFI or 5.0L EFI V8 or HO
M = ('88-96) 7.3L V8 diesel IDI NA
M = ('00-up) 5.4L CNG SOHC V8
N = ('86-02) 302ci/5.0L EFI V8 or HO
N = ('97-98 ) 5.4L SOHC-EFI V8
P = 2.2L V6
P = 5.0L EFI V8 (Explorer/Mountaineer)
R = 232ci/3.8L EFI V6 SC
R = ('92-97) 351ciW VV/Lightning 5.8L V8 HP
S = 2.8L I4, or ('78-80) 400ciM V8, or ('97-98 ) 6.8L EFI V10
T = 140ci/2.3L EFI I4 Turbo
T = 2.9L EFI V6 ('93), or 3.3L V6 SOHC ('99-00)
U = 3.0L EFI V6 ('93-00)
V = ('91) 3.4L Cummins diesel I6
V = ('03-05) 4.6L SFI V8 DOHC Marauder
W = ('81-82) 351ciW V8
W = ('86-92) 140ci/2.3L EFI I4 Turbo
W = ('93-97) 3.0L EFI V6 (compact truck)
W = ('94-up) 4.6L EFI V8 SOHC Romeo (passenger car)
W = ('97-98 ) 4.6L SOHC-MFI V8
X = 200ci 1bbl or 2bbl (Canada)/3.3L I6
X = ('93-00) 4.0L EFI V6
Y = 300ci 1bbl/4.9L EFI I6
Z = ('81-82) 400ciM/6.6L V8
Z = ('85) 2.3L I4 (Brazil)
Z = ('94-97) 4.9L GFP I6
Z = ('00-up) 5.4L CNG/Propane SOHC V8
1 = ('83-86) 420ci IH diesel V8
1 = ('97-98 ) 3.0L SOHC-EFI V6
1 = ('99) electric 90hp
2 = ('97-00) 4.2L V6 EFI
3 = ('81-96) 232ci/3.8L CFI or EFI V6
3 = ('00-up) 5.4L SFI SOHC SC V8 Lightning
4 = ('94-00) 232ci/3.8L EFI V6
5 = ('04-up) 5.4L SFI V8 SOHC 3-valve
6 = ('94-up) 4.6L EFI V8 SOHC
7 = 351ci/5.8L V8 (export)
9 = (pre-'96) 300ci 1bbl/4.9L LP I6
9 = ('03-05) 4.6L CNG/LPG V8 SOHC

Check digit (E - 9th VIN digit):
A complex calculation using all other VIN characters (converted to numeric values) produces this value, which can be 0-9 or X (for 10).
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VIN

Year code (F - 10th VIN digit):
B = 1981
C = 1982
D = 1983
E = 1984
F = 1985
G = 1986
H = 1987
J = 1988
K = 1989
L = 1990
M = 1991
N = 1992
P = 1993
R = 1994
S = 1995
T = 1996
V = 1997
W = 1998
X = 1999
Y = 2000
1 = 2001
2 = 2002
3 = 2003
4 = 2004
5 = 2005
6 = 2006
7 = 2007
8 = 2008
9 = 2009
0 = 2010

Plant code (G - 11th VIN digit) for Ford/L/M:
B = Oakville, Onatario, Canada
C = Oakville, Ontario, Canada (Truck)
D = Avon Lake, OH (Truck)
E = Mahwah (?-'81-?)
E = Louisville (Jefferson Co.), KY (Truck)
H = Loraine, OH
I = Highland Park, MI
J = Monterrey, Mexico
K = K.C. (Claycomo), MO
L = Wayne, MI (Truck) (all '66-96 Broncos)
M = Cuatitlan, Mexico
N = Norfolk, VA
P = St. Paul, MN or Twin City, MS
T = Edison, NJ
U = Louisville, KY (CUV)
V = Jefferson, KY (heavy)
Z = St. Louis (Hazlewood), MO

Exterior Paint Colors:
'93 . '94 . '96

BRAKE code for Ford trucks:
1 = 4-wheel disk ('96 F-superduty)
3 or D = 4WABS ('93-96 Bronco, & later F-series)
4 or B = RABS ('87-93 Bronco, & '87-96 F-series)

BODY (aka INTerior TRim) code for Ford trucks:
1st digit: seats/upholstery
2nd digit: interior color

3rd digit (F-series only): cab/bed
3 - flareside standard cab
4 - styleside standard cab
8 - chassis cab (standard cab, bed delete)
C - flareside super cab
D - styleside crew cab (4-door)
E - chassis cab (crew cab, bed delete)
M - styleside super cab
P - chassis cab (super cab, bed delete)
X - stripped chassis (Mexico)

TRANS codes for Ford trucks:
. . Auto Trans ID by Pan Gasket
adrianspeeder's Trans ID list
5Speeds.Com's Tag Identifier (bottom of page)
A = NP435 4sp
B = BW T-85 3sp ('76-78 ), Clark OD 4sp ('79-86), Ford SROD/Tremac T170 4sp, or T199 (Mexico only)
C = Ford 3.03 3sp, or ZF S5-42 Close-ratio 5sp
D = BW T-89 3sp
E = BW T-87 3sp (early), or E4OD/4R100 auto (gas)
F = BW T-18 4sp
G = Ford C4 auto
J = Ford FMX auto
K = Ford C6 auto
M = Mazda M5OD-R2 5sp
P = BW T-19 4sp (early), or Ford C6 auto
T = Ford AOD auto
U = Ford 4R70W auto
W = Ford C5 auto, or ZF S5-42 HD Wide-ratio 5sp
Z = ZF S5-42 5sp
6 = ZF M6HD-6 6sp
7 = Ford E4OD/4R100 auto (Lightning)
9 = Ford E4OD/4R100 auto (diesel)

AXLE codes for Ford trucks:
1st digit: A letter generally indicates a limited slip diff (H for 1/2-tons) or a heavy axle; 1 generally indicates a 1/2-ton axle with an open diff; 2 generally indicates a 3/4-ton open; 3 a 1-ton open. There are MANY exceptions.
2nd digit:
1 = 3.07 (heavy), 3.00 (light), 3.54, 3.07
2 = 2.73, 3.73 (early light), 3.50 (early heavy), 4.63 (late heavy)
3 = 3.54 (late), 3.73 (early), 4.10, 4.11, 5.13 (heavy)
4 = 3.00 or 3.73
5 = 4.10 or 4.00
6 = 3.55 (heavy) or 3.73 (medium)
7 = 3.31 or 2.47
8 = 3.08, 4.88 (heavy)
9 = 3.55, 3.70 or 4.11 (early)
3rd digit: (4WD only) Any character (usually 2 or B) indicates a limited slip front axle

8.8" axles under fullsize light trucks are rated at 3800 lbs or more.
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SPRing codes refer to specific PNs for the springs on a truck, and can only be decoded by a Ford parts counter person. But they're mostly obsolete since springs can't be ordered that way for most (older) vehicles.

DSO (District Sales Office) RC (Region Code):
11 - Boston
13 - New York
16 - Philadelphia
17 - Washington D.C. (before '94)
21 - Atlanta
23 - Memphis
24 - Orlando
27 - Washington D.C. (after '93)
41 - Chicago
44 - Pittsburgh
47 - Cincinnati
48 - Detroit
52 - Dallas
53 - Kansas City
56 - Denver
58 - Twin Cities
71 - Los Angeles
72 - San Jose (before '94)
72 - San Francisco (after '93)
74 - Seattle
83 - Government
84 - Home Office Reserve (HOR)
85 - American Red Cross
86 - Recreational Vehicle Pool
87 - Body Company
89 - Transportation Services
9A - Export
A1 - Mercury Canada Central
A2 - Mercury Canada Eastern
A3 - Mercury Canada Atlantic
A4 - Mercury Canada Midwestern
A6 - Mercury Canada Western
A7 - Mercury Canada Pacific
A8 - Mercury Canada Great Lakes
I1 - Mercury/Ford Canada Export
B1 - Ford Canada Central
B2 - Ford Canada Eastern
B3 - Ford Canada Atlantic
B4 - Ford Canada Midwestern
B6 - Ford Canada Western
B7 - Ford Canada Pacific
B8 - Ford Canada Great Lakes

Domestic Special Order (DSO), FSO, PTO:
If applicable, the complete order number is under the DSO spacer after the 2-digit district code.


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