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HOW TO DECODE YOUR CANADIAN 1961 VIN / WARRANTY TAG

The following guide pertains only to Canadian-built 1961 Ford F100, F250, F350 and Mercury M100, M250 and M350 trucks. 

 

From the factory, the warranty tag was located on the door jamb pillar between the door hinges. The information on the rating plate includes the serial number, info on trim and paint, axle ratio, truck series, wheelbase in inches, max GVW in pounds, and identifies the engine and transmission.

NOTE: The V.I.N. can also usually be found stamped in two places on the right-side frame rail. Scroll to the bottom of this page for more info. Be sure to check to ensure the V.I.N. stamped on the warranty tag matches the numbers on the frame.

FIRST LINE

CONSECUTIVE SERIAL NUMBER

Six digits for light-duty F-series

1961-1964 Serial Number Range

50,000 thru 73,999 1961
74,000 thru  107,999 1962
108,000 thru 143,999 1963
144,000 thru 192,999 1964
SOURCE: 1961-1964 Ford/Mercury Truck Master Parts Catalogue


 

GROSS VEHICLE WEIGHT GROUP


 

MODEL CODE

Indicates the number of cylinders and whether it's a Ford or Mercury engine:

CODE CYLINDER DESC.
1 8 Mercury
4 8 Ford
CODE CYLINDER DESC.
5 6 Mercury
6 6 Ford
SOURCE: 1961-1964 Ford/Mercury Truck Master Parts Catalogue

 



 

BODY TYPE
CODE BODY TYPE
24 Bus Chassis (L.H.D.)
35 Parcel Delivery
41 Tandem
45 Diesel
51 Tilt Cab
54 Tilt Tandem
66 Pick-Up (Integral)
80 Platform
CODE BODY TYPE
81 Chassis and Cab
83 Pick-Up (Flareside)
84 Chassis and Cowl
85 Chassis Cowl and Windshield
86 Stake
87 Bus Chassis (R.H.D.)
88 Stripped Chassis
99 Pick-Up (Flush Side)
SOURCE: 1961-1964 Ford/Mercury Truck Master Parts Catalogue


 

SERIES
Only the series which are relevant to the light-duty trucks are shown here:

10 = F100
25 = F250
35 = F350



 

WHEELBASE

The true wheelbase length is also shown on the second line of the tag above "W.B."
02 102"
04 104"
11 111"
12 212"
14 114"
20 120"
21 121"
22 122"
24 246"
25 222.5"
26 126"
28 128"
32 132"
34 134"
35 135"
37 137"
38 138"
42 242.5"
44 144"
46 146"
52 156"
53 153"
54 154"
56 156"
58 158"
60 260.5"
61 161"
63 163"
72 174"
74 174"
75 175"
76 176"
81 181"
85 198.5"
90 90"
94 194"
96 96"
99 99"
SOURCE: 1961-1964 Ford/Mercury Truck Master Parts Catalogue


 

YEAR

1961 built vehicles only - designated by the letter N. (Note: Use the Consecutive Serial No. for Model Year Identification.)



 

DRIVE CODE

L = Left hand drive
R = Right hand drive



 

TRIM CODE (CONVENTIONAL CAB)

TRIM CODE DESCRIPTION
01 Beige vinyl
02, 202 Beige fabric and vinyl
03 Black vinyl
04 Black vinyl (Bostrom seat)
05 (1961 only) Vinyl and band woven plastic
SOURCE: 1961-1964 Ford/Mercury Truck Master Parts Catalogue


 

PAINT CODE
Two similar letters = solid color
Two different letters = tutone
 
1961 CANADIAN-BUILT TRUCK EXTERIOR PAINT CHART - SOLID COLORS
CODE COLOR PAINT NUMBER TOUCH-UP SPRAY
BOMB NUMBER
AA Mint Green (Light) M-30J-1373-SE CC1AZ-19500-K
BB Raven Black M-30J-1724-SE (qt.)
M30J-1724-SEG (gal.)
CB7A-19500-A
CC Starlight Blue (Light) M-30J-1361-SE CC1AZ-19500-C
EE Chesapeake Blue Metallic (Dark) M-30J-1367-SE CC1AZ-19500-F
GG Laurel Green Metallic (Medium) M-30J-1364-SE CC1AZ-19500-D
RR Monte Carlo Red M-30J-1232-SE CC0AZ-19500-AK
TT Garden Turquoise Metallic (Medium) M-30J-1385-SE CC1AZ-19500-C
WW Corinthian White M-30J-1238-SE CC0AZ-19500-AN
YY Desert Gold (Yellow) M-30J-1366-SE CC1AZ-19500-E
 
1961 EXTERIOR PAINT CHART COLOR COMBINATIONS (36)
CODE REFER TO CANADIAN
SOLID COLOR CODE
2AW 1AA and 1WW
2BR 1BB and 1RR
2BW 1BB and 1WW
2CW 1CC and 1WW
2EW 1EE and 1WW
2GW 1GG and 1WW
CODE REFER TO CANADIAN
SOLID COLOR CODE
2RB 1RR and 1BB
2RW 1RR and 1WW
2TW 1TT and 1WW
2WA 1WW and 1AA
2WB 1WW and 1BB
2WC 1WW and 1CC
CODE REFER TO CANADIAN
SOLID COLOR CODE
2WE 1WW and 1EE
2WG 1WW and 1GG
2WR 1WW and 1RR
2WT 1WW and 1TT
2WY 1WW and 1YY
2YW 1YY and 1WW

SOURCES: 1962 Ford of Canada Collision Body Parts Catalogue
1961-1964 Ford/Mercury Truck Master Parts Catalogue



 

REAR AXLE RATIO

(self explanatory)

 

SECOND LINE
   

F = FORD
M = MERCURY


 

TRUCK TYPE AND SERIES


 

MAX GROSS VEHICLE WEIGHT RATING (IN POUNDS)

 

THIRD LINE
   

ENGINE
(
NOTE: Engine codes appearing on the USA rating plates are shown in parenthesis.)
SERIAL PLATE
STAMPING
ENGINE NUMBER
BLOCK CODE
ENGINE
P, NP (A) NP, NPD 223 6-cylinder
Q, QT (B) NQ, NQT, NQD 262 8-cylinder
R, RT (C) NR, NRT, NRD 292 8-cylinder, 2V
S, ST (D) NS, NST, NSB 292 8-cylinder, 4V
SOURCE: 1961-1964 Ford/Mercury Truck Master Parts Catalogue


 

TRANSMISSION

Number of forward speeds and model (if given)

 

ATTENTION 1961-1963 MERCURY UNIBODY OWNERS!
An owners registry is currently in development for 1961-1963 Mercury unibody trucks by Arthur Freeman of Houston, TX. This registry will include owners in the USA and Canada. The intended goals of the registry are:

1. To determine how many M100/250 unibodies are still in existence, whether running, a project, abandoned or in a salvage yard.
2. To allow owners to communicate thru email. Additional contact is strictly up to fellow owners.
3. To provide a way to tell others their story about the truck
4. To establish a list detailing the specifics such as 1961, 1962, 1963, SWB or LWB, small rear window or BBW, 3 or 4 speed, V8 or 6, original paint colors

Please e-mail him a pic of the truck and a pic of VIN tag too. If you don't feel comfortable providing your VIN, please provide other info so he can get a more accurate accessment/count. If you see one of these trucks somewhere please take a pic so it can be included. He will try to locate the owners and seek info from them. This registry is not intended as a means to buy or sell, just to know what is available (truck specifics) and where it's located.

LOCATING YOUR V.I.N. STAMPINGS ON THE FRAME
In addition to the V.I.N. on the driver's door data plate, the number is also stamped on the frame in two different places, both on the topside of the right frame rail. The first one is in the engine compartment, just below the alternator on two-wheel-drive pickups or just behind the front axle on four-wheel-drive pickups. The V.I.N. has also been found on the left frame rail, just behind the shock absorber tower.

The second number is stamped just under where the seat would be located. You'll likely need a flashlight and small mirror to read this one.

These frame stamps are usually hard to read, so be sure to grab a wire brush and some rags to clean the grime off. (NOTE: the picture at right is a '67 frame, but the stampings should be located in the same locations. There have also be isolated reports of a VIN found stamped in non-typical locations, such as on the left-side frame rail under the seat area.)


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