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Decoding your F-truck VIN/Chassis no.

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The VIN on the engine or car will be 6 characters long, for example, JG63UM or AL1JYM. These are decoded as follows;


First character = Product source.
A = USA, C = UK, J = Australia and S and U = Japan.

Second character = Assembly plant.
G = Broadmeadows - (Passenger), L = Broadmeadows – (Truck), H = Brisbane and K = Sydney

3rd & 4th characters = Body Series
See below

5th & 6th characters = year and month of production respectively

Therefore;
A = USA source
L = Assembled at Broadmeadows Truck plant
1J = F100 4x2
Y = 1981
M = March

F-Series Body Codes
1J = F100 4x2
4K = F100 4x4
1T = F100 Bronco
2J = F250
3J = F350
5K = F350 4x4
4J = F500
6J = F600
1K = F700
2K = F750
3K = F800 and F8000


Now onto the engines. The engine codes for the F series trucks are unique and not linked to the passenger vehicles and are also relevant to the years of manufacture. Therefore, for the following years, the codes apply as follows;

1970
Engine
D = 4.0 litre (240 CID petrol 6 cylinder)
E = 4.9 litre (300 CID petrol 6 cylinder)
T = 5.4 litre (330 CID petrol 8 cylinder)
Transmission
4 = 4 speed
5 = 5 speed

1971
Same as above except for;
Transmission
3 = 3 speed column shift
B = 3 speed floor shift automatic

1972
Same as above

1973
Engine
D = 4.0 litre (240 CID petrol 6 cylinder)
E = 4.9 litre (300 CID petrol 6 cylinder)
Transmission
4 = 4 speed
B = 3 speed floor shift automatic

1974 (US Drive line)
Engine
L = 4.0 litre (240 CID petrol 6 cylinder)
E = 4.9 litre (300 CID petrol 6 cylinder)
Transmission
L = 4 speed manual floor shift
B = 3 speed floor shift automatic

1974 (Local Drive line)
Engine
L = 4.0 litre (250 CID petrol 6 cylinder)
Y = 4.9 litre (302 CID petrol 8 cylinder)
Transmission
L = 4 speed manual floor shift
R = 3 speed automatic

1975
Same as above except for;
Engine
E = 4.9 litre (300 CID petrol 6 cylinder)

1976
Engine
L = 4.0 litre (250 CID petrol 6 cylinder)
Y = 4.9 litre (302 CID petrol 8 cylinder)
E = 4.9 litre (300 CID petrol 6 cylinder)

Transmission
L = 4 speed manual floor shift
R = 3 speed automatic

1977
Same as above except for the 300 CID engine is no longer available

1978
Engine
B = 5.8 litre (Pre-ADR 36)
C = 5.8 litre (Post ADR 36)
Y = 4.9 litre (2 wheel drive only)
X = 4.9 litre (4 wheel drive only)
L = 4.1 litre (Pre-ADR 36)
H = 4.1 litre (Post ADR 36)
Transmission
L = 4 speed manual floor shift
R = 3 speed Cruisomatic column shift

1979 & 1980
Same as above

1981 and onwards
Engine
W = 4.1 litre 6 cylinder
C = 5.8 litre 8 cylinder (carburetor version)
T = 5.0 litre (fuel injected)
Transmission
L = 4 speed manual floor shift
R = 3 speed Cruisomatic column shift

Now back to the model code. I will start with the easy ones first being the 1978 to 1981 F series trucks. As shown above, the ute in question had a model code of 62112 and it is this number that can be used in conjunction with the following code breaker to find out what you have.

Model
Digits 1 & 2 = Product line (more on this later!)
Digit 3 = Year of manufacture (actually applies to all F series trucks)
Digit 4 = Body style
1 – F100 Chassis Cab
2 – F100/250 Style Side Body
3 – F100 Ambulance and F350 Chassis cab
Digit 5 = Series
1 – F100 Short Wheel Base
2 – F100 Long Wheel Base of F250
3 – F350 Short Wheel Base
4 – F350 Long Wheel Base

So from the above model code of 62112, this equates to;
F100 S-Cab, 1981 build year, F100 Chassis Cab, F100 Long Wheel Base of F250.

Now onto the pre 1978 model codes. According to the book, there are heaps of model codes, especially so for the years of 1970 through to 1972 as the codes covered the F100 all the way up to the F700. Therefore, I am only going to cover a year that is more applicable, namely 1976.

62611 – F100A C.Cab 2972 mm W/B 2586 kg GVM
62612 – F100A S.Cab 3379 mm W/B 2586 kg GVM
62621 – F100A S.Box 2972 mm W/B 2586 kg GVM
62622 – F100A S.Box 3379 mm W/B 2586 kg GVM
62632 – F100A Ambulance 3379 mm W/B 2717 kg GVM
74611 – F250A 2WD C.Cab 3379 mm W/B 3448 kg GVM
74612 – F250A 2WD S.Box 3379 mm W/B 3448 kg GVM
73613 – F250A 4WD C.Cab 3379 mm W/B 3493 kg GVM
73614 – F250A 4WD S.Box 3379 mm W/B 3493 kg GVM
74631 – F350A C.Cab 3480 mm W/B 4536 kg GVM
74632 – F350A C.Cab 4089 mm W/B 4536 kg GVM

As you can see, the two first numbers (Product Line) change according to the type of vehicle required.
 
(info, courtesy of 'Paull', from Ford Australia Forums)

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