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HOW TO DECODE YOUR CANADIAN 1964 VIN / WARRANTY TAG

The following guide pertains only to Canadian-built 1964 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.

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 1964 Canadian Ford and Mercury Truck Rating Plate


 

FIRST LINE

SERIAL (WARRANTY) NUMBER

Decodes as follows:

   

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: 1962-1963 Ford/Mercury Truck Shop Manual Supplement
   

BODY CODE
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: 1961-19643 Ford/Mercury Truck Master Parts Catalog
   

SERIES CODE

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

10 = F100
25 = F250
35 = F350

 

   

WHEELBASE CODE
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



 


 
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


 

TRIM CODE (Conventional cab)

TRIM CODE DESCRIPTION
A04 Beige - vinyl custom
A05 Blue - vinyl custom
A06 Red - vinyl standard
A07 Red - vinyl standard and red check stripe
A08 Blue - vinyl standard and blue check stripe
A10 Beige - vinyl standard and beige check stripe
TRIM CODE DESCRIPTION
A11 Green
A12 Gray and vinyl
B02 Black - vinyl
C01 White
C02 Red - vinyl custom
SOURCE: 1961-1964 Ford/Mercury Truck Master Parts Catalogue


 

 

Two similar letters = solid color
Two different letters = tutone

PAINT CODE

1964 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 MIJ-1638  
HH Skylight Blue MIJ-1623  
JJ Guardsman Blue MIJ-1622  
KK Navajo Beige MIH-1631  
RR Rangoon Red M-30J-1515-SE CC2AZ-19500-L
TT Dynasty Green MIJ-1625  
WW Wimbledon White MIJ-1619  
YY Phoenician Yellow MIJ-1633  

SOURCE: 1961-1964 Ford/Mercury Truck Master Parts Catalogue



 

REAR AXLE DRIVE RATIO CODE

(self explanatory)

 

SECOND LINE


SERIES CODE

M denotes Mercury truck
Only the series which are relevant to the light-duty trucks are shown here.

10 = F100 / M100
25 = F250 / M250
35 = F350 / M350



 

WHEELBASE (IN INCHES)


 

MAXIMUM  GROSS VEHICLE WEIGHT (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 (J) RP 223 6-cylinder
Q, QT (B) RQ, RQT 262 8-cylinder
R, RT, (C) RR, RRT 292 8-cylinder, 2V
S, ST (D) RS, RST 292 8-cylinder, 4V
SOURCE: 1961-1964 Ford/Mercury Truck Master Parts Catalogue



 

TRANSMISSION

The number of forward transmission speeds is shown. In some cases, transmission model information is also shown (usually on medium- and heavy-duty trucks).



 

SPECIAL ORDER NUMBER

(if applicable)

 

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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