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HOW TO DECODE YOUR CANADIAN
1962/63 VIN / WARRANTY TAG

The following guide pertains only to Canadian-built 1962/1963 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 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.

The 1962 Canadian truck rating plate contains exactly the same data as the 1963 plate. The only difference between the two plates is the lettering change from block type to script of "Ford Motor Company of Canada Limited" on the 1963 plate.

Some information contained on this page is not specifically applicable to light-duty F-series trucks but is also included strictly for informational and general education  purposes.

Typical 1963 Canadian Ford and Mercury Truck Rating Plate


Typical Parts Identification Plate


(mostly used on medium- and heavy-duty trucks
in addition to the Warranty tag / Rating plate)

In addition to the standard warranty tag, in some cases an auxiliary identification plate was also used and was located on the left-hand front body pillar which included:
  • Transmission assembly identification number which identifies the manufacturer, model number and transmission speeds
  • The front axle code with identifies the manufacturer, model number and ratio and/or capacity,
  • Rear axle assembly identification number(s) which identifies the manufacturer, model number, capacity and ratio of the rear
    axle(s).

 

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 CODE
 
CODE RATING
A 0 TO 6,000 lbs.
B 6,001 to 10,000 lbs.
C 10,001 to 14,000 lbs.
D 14,001 to 16,000 lbs.
CODE RATING
E 16,001 to 19,500 lbs.
F 19,501 to 26,000 lbs.
G 26,001 to 33,000 lbs.
H 33,001 lbs. and over
SOURCE: 1962-1963 Ford/Mercury Truck Shop Manual Supplement


 

MODEL (ENGINE)
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: 1962-1963 Ford/Mercury Truck Shop Manual Supplement


 

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: 1962-1963 Ford/Mercury Truck Shop Manual Supplement


 

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


 

DRIVE CODE

L = Left hand drive
R = Right hand drive



 

TRIM CODE (Conventional cab)
 
1962 TRIM CODES
01 Beige vinyl
02,
202
Beige fabric and vinyl
03 Black vinyl
04 Black vinyl (Bostrom seat)

1963 TRIM CODES

01 Gray and silver gray vinyl
02 Gray fabric and vinyl
03 Black - all vinyl (heavy duty)
04 Black - all vinyl (Bostrum seat)
05 Beige - fabric and vinyl
SOURCE: 1961-1964 Ford/Mercury Truck Master Parts Catalogue


 

Two similar letters = solid color
Two different letters = tutone

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

PAINT CODE
1962-1963 CANADIAN BUILT TRUCK EXTERIOR PAINT CHART - SOLID COLORS
CODE COLOR PAINT NUMBER TOUCH UP SPRAY
BOMB NUMBER
BB Raven Black M-30J-1724-SE (qt.)
M-30J-1724-SEG (gal.)
CB7A-19500-A
DD Pagoda Green (1963) MIJ-1638  
EE Oxford Blue Metallic (Dark) M-30J-1447-SE CC2AZ-I9500-C
FF Viking Blue Metallic (Medium) M-30J-1448-SE CC2AZ-19500-D
GG Silver Moss Metallic (Medium Green) M-30J-1454-SE CC2AZ-19500-H
HH Baffin Blue (Light) M-30J-1449-SE CC2AZ-19500-E
RR Rangoon Red M-30J-1515-SE CC2AZ-19500-L
TT Ming Green Metallic (Medium Turquoise) M-30J 1451-SE CC2AZ-19500-F
WW Corinthian White MC-30J-1238-SE CC2AZ-19500-N
YY Tuscon Yellow M-30J-1456-SE CC2 AZ-19500-J
 
1962-1963 EXTERIOR PAINT CHART COLOUR COMBINATIONS (46)
CODE REFER TO CANADIAN
SOLID COLOUR CODE
2BR 1BB and 1RR
2BW 1BB and 1WW
2EH 1EE and 1HH
2EW 1EE and 1WW
2FH 1FF and 1HH
2FW 1FF and 1WW
2GW 1GG and 1WW
2HE 1HH and 1EE
CODE REFER TO CANADIAN
SOLID COLOUR CODE
2HF 1HH and 1FF
2HW 1HH and 1WW
2RB 1RR and 1BB
2RW 1RR and 1WW
2SW 1SS and 1WW
2TW 1TT and 1WW
2WB 1WW and 1BB
2WE 1WW and 1EE
CODE REFER TO CANADIAN
SOLID COLOUR CODE
2WF 1WW and 1FF
2WG 1WW and 1GG
2WH 1WW and 1HH
2WR 1WW and 1RR
2WT 1WW and 1TT
2WY 1WW and 1YY
2YW 1YY and 1WW


 

REAR AXLE DRIVE RATIO CODE

(self explanatory)

 

SECOND LINE
   

F = Ford
M = Mercury


 

MODEL/SERIES

MODEL DESIGNATIONS

F Conventional Series
C Tilt Cab Series
T Tandem Axle Series
CT Tilt Cab Tandem Axle Series
B School Bus Series
N Cab Over Engine
P Parcel Delivery
100, 250, 350, 400 Light Duty Models
500, 550, 600 Medium Duty Models
700, 750, 800 Heavy Duty Models
3500, 4000, 5000,
6000, 7000
Dagenham Diesel

SOURCE: 1962-1963 Ford/Mercury Truck
Shop Manual Supplement



 

WHEELBASE (IN INCHES)


 

MAXIMUM  GROSS VEHICLE WEIGHT (IN POUNDS)

 

THIRD LINE
   

ENGINE CODE - 1962
(NOTE: Engine codes appearing on the USA rating plates are shown in parenthesis.)
SERIAL PLATE
STAMPING
ENGINE NUMBER
BLOCK CODE
ENGINE
P (A) PP, PPD 223 6-cylinder
Q, QT (B) PQ, PQT 262 8-cylinder
R, RT (C) PR, PRT 292 MD 8-cylinder, 2V
S, ST (D) PS, PST 292 HD 8-cylinder, 4V
 
ENGINE CODE - 1963
(NOTE: Engine codes appearing on the USA rating plates are shown in parenthesis.)
SERIAL PLATE
STAMPING
ENGINE NUMBER
BLOCK CODE
ENGINE
P (J) QP, QPD 223 6-cylinder
Q, QT (B) QQ, QQT 262 8-cylinder
R, RT (C) QR, QRT 292 MD 8-cylinder, 2V
S, ST (D) QS, QST 292 HD 8-cylinder, 4V
SOURCES: 1961-1964 Ford/Mercury Truck Master Parts Catalogue


 

TRANSMISSION SPEEDS

The number of forward transmission speeds is shown next to the engine code.



 

SPECIAL ORDER NUMBER

(if applicable)

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, abandon 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 usually 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 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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