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IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON IDENTIFICATION LABELS OR PLATES

Over the past years Ford has offered a multitude of models, a wide choice of optional equipment, and hundreds of power-train options. And, it has been said that Ford could run its production lines for a complete year and never build the exact same model twice (interior / exterior color, trim, comfort and convenience accessories, ect.). This statement seems highly reasonable when you dig into all the possible combinations that are available.

    Your ability to "read and understand" either the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) Plate  or the Safety Standard Certification Label plays an important role in servicing these models.

    This Knowledge is vital when you are called upon to maintain the vehicle and its emission control systems. Being able to "interpret" the code system Ford used in prior years will help you to eliminate lost time, avoid confusion, and prevent ordering incorrect parts or components.

LOCATION OF CAR IDENTIFICATION LABELS AND METAL PLATES

   The Safety Standard Certification Label for Ford-built passenger cars is located either on the Lock Face of the Left Door or the Door Pillar.

READING THE D.S.O. (SPECIAL EQUIPMENT) CODES.

    Many vehicles such as police cars, taxis and special order trucks have customer requested equipment installed at the factory, and are identified by a Domestic Special Order code (D.S.O.)

    D.S.O. codes have been stamped into truck plates since 1957 and passenger cars since 1962. In addition, all vehicles delivered since January 1962 with special equipment, have a blue envelope in the glove box containing a copy of the Special Equipment Parts List used on that particular vehicle. The selling dealer also has a yellow copy.

    A typical D.S.O. number might be 13-0645. In breaking this number down, the (13) indicates the District (in this example, New York) in which the vehicle was delivered. The (0645) indicates it was he 645th vehicle with special equipment delivered for that year. On some plates you may find a D.S.O. number such as (13-) without a second series of numbers. That is NOT a vehicle with special equipment. The number (13), for example, refers only to the District (New York) in which the vehicle was delivered.

    To order special equipment parts for vehicles delivered after January 1962, simply use the D.S.O. parts list in the glove box. If this list is not available then use the D.S.O. code on the Rating Plate or the Certification Label. If neither is available, give your Ford or Lincoln-Mercury Parts Manager any information stamped or stenciled on the part you need. He, in turn, can then deliver the correct part you request.

OFFICIAL VEHICLE IDENTIFICATION NUMBER-OF05M130122

    The official Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) for title registration purposes is stamped on an aluminum tab that is riveted to the instrument panel close to the windshield on the drivers side of the car and is visible from outside. The first number indicates the model year. The letter following indicates the assembly plant from witch the car was made. The next two numbers designate the body style followed by the letter code for the engine. The last six numbers of the VIN. are the consecutive unit numbers for that model car.

VIN NUMBER 0F05M130122

  •   0-Last Digit of Model Year (1970).

    •  F-Assembly Plant (Dearborn). 

      •  05-Patatent Code for Mustang 2-Door Fastback "Mach 1"

        •  M-Engine Model (351 cu. in. 4v V-8). 

          •  *130122-Each Assembly Plant numbers cars in consecutive order.

  • *100001 - Ford 

    • Fairlane

    • Falcon

    • Mustang

    • Thunderbird

    • Maverick

  • *500001 - Mercury 

    • Meteor

    • Montego

    • Cougar

  • *800001 -

    • Lincoln Continental  & Mark III

VEHICLE CERTIFICATION LABEL

The Vehicle Certification Label is attached to the rear face of the driver's door. The upper half of the label contains the name of the manufacture, the month and year of manufacture and the certification statement. On this label you will find the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN.) This number is also used for warranty identification of the vehicle.

 The first number indicates the model year. The letter following the model year number indicates the manufacturing assembly plant. The next two numbers designates the Body Serial Code followed by a letter expressing the Engine Code. The last six numbers of the Vehicle Identification Number indicate the Consecutive Unit Number.

 The remaining information on the V.C. Label consists of pertinent identification codes. The Body code is two numbers and a letter identifying the body style. The COL. code is a number or letter (or both) indicating the exterior paint color code. The Trim code consists of a number-letter combination designating the interior trim. The Axle code is a number or letter indicating the rear axle ratio and standard or locking type axles. The Trans code is a number or letter indicating the type of transmission. The D.S.O. code consisting of two numbers designates the district in which the car was ordered and may appear in conjunction with a Domestic Special Order or Foreign Special Order Number when applicable. Ford of Canada D.S.O. codes consist of a letter and a number except for export codes which are designated by two numbers.

 

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