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Ford VIN Decoder - 1973 - 1980 Trucks

This tech article was originally posted at FordF150.net. It is primarily intended for 1973-1980 Ford trucks but most likely also applies to other Ford models and years.

Here is a little help on decoding that VIN.

** To decode newer Ford trucks, go here **

VIN stands for Vehicle Identification Number. It is a 11-digit sequence of letters and numbers that is basically your vehicle's serial number. It is unique to your vehicle. No other vehicle in the world will have the same VIN. It can be found on the rear face of the driver's side door.

Note: Every attempt has been made to include complete, accurate information. This page contains Ford truck related VIN information.

Sample VIN: F10AU100001

1. First three characters - F10 - Truck Series Code

F10 - F100 2 Wheel Drive
F11 - F100 4 Wheel Drive
F14 - F150 4 Wheel Drive
F15 - F150 2 Wheel Drive
F25 - F250 2 Wheel Drive
F26 - F250 4 Wheel Drive

2. Fourth character - A - Engine Code

A - 6 cyl - 240cid - 1BBL carb - 1973-74
B - 6 cyl - 300 cid - 1BBL carb - 1973-80
G - V8 - 302cid - 2BBL carb - 1973-80
H - V8 - 351cid - 2BBL carb - 1973-80
Y - V8 - 360cid - 2BBL carb - 1973-76
H - V8 - 390cid - 2BBL carb - 1973-76
M - V8 - 390cid - 4BBL carb - 1974-78
S - V8 - 400cid - 2BBL carb - 1977-80
J - V8 - 460cid - 4BBL carb - 1973-80

3. Fifth character - U - Assembly Plant Code

B - Oakville, Ontario, Canada
C - Ontario, Canada
E - Mahhaw, NJ
H - Lorain, OH
I - Highland Park, MI
K - Kansas City, MO
L - Michigan Truck
N - Norfold, VA
P - Twin Cities, MN
R - San Jose, CA
S - Allen Park, MI
U - Louisville, KY
V - Kentucky Truck

4. Remaining six characters - 100001 - This is a numeric code for the vehicle build sequence. In some cases there could be two letters and four numbers.