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HOW TO DECODE YOUR CANADIAN 1965 VIN / WARRANTY TAG

The following tutorial pertains only to Canadian-built 1965 Ford F100, F250, F350 and Mercury M100, M250 and M350 trucks. 

From the factory, the 1965 warranty tag was located on the outer face of the driver's door. The information on the warranty tag includes the V.I.N. (serial) number,  trim, paint, axle, truck series, wheelbase in inches, gross vehicle weight rating, engine and transmission and special order  numbers (if applicable). 

NOTE: The V.I.N. can also 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.

 



1965 Canadian Warranty tag / Rating plate


1965 Canadian Auxiliary Identification plate
(used 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).

Let's start off with the primary warranty tag info:

FIRST ROW

 


ENGINE CODE
The first digit of the serial number indicates the number of cylinders, whether it's gas or diesel and whether it's a Ford or Mercury engine:
 
CODE GAS OR
DIESEL
CYLINDER DESC.
1 G 8 Mercury
4 G 8 Ford
CODE GAS OR
DIESEL
CYLINDER DESC.
5 G 6 Mercury
6 G 6 Ford


BODY TYPE CODES

The second and third digits of the serial number indicate the body type.

BODY TYPE MODEL

DESCRIPTION

81 F100/350 Conventional cab - with single rear axle and gas engine
83 F100/350 Conventional cab with flareside pickup box
84 F100/350 Conventional cab (less windshield)
99 F100/350 Conventional cab with styleside pickup box


TRUCK SERIES CODES

The fourth and fifth digits of the serial number indicated the truck series:

CODE SERIES CATALOGED AS

10

100 (Model) plus 100
25 250 (Model) plus 250
35 350 (Model) plus 350


WHEELBASE CODES

The sixth and seventh digits of the serial number indicated the wheelbase of the vehicle. In addition, the actual wheelbase in inches is shown on the rating or warranty plate.

CODE WHEELBASE (INCHES) * APPLICATIONS

14

114.8 (115) SWB pickup
28 128.8 (129) LWB F100, F250
32 132 F350


SIDE OF DRIVE

The eighth digit of the serial number indicates whether the truck is right or left hand drive.

L = Left hand drive
R = Right hand drive


NUMERICAL SEQUENCE OF ASSEMBLY


GROSS VEHICLE WEIGHT RANGE CODES
The last digit of the serial number indicates the gross vehicle weight range of the vehicle (based on minimum equipment required).

 
CODE RANGE
FROM TO
A 0M 6M
B 6.1M 10M
C 10.1M 14M
D 14.1M 16M
CODE RANGE
FROM TO
E 16.1M 19.5M
F 19.51M 26M
G 26.1M 33M
H 33.1M 60M



COLOR CODES
(Interior Paint and Exterior Paint)

The first digit of the "PAINT" code identifies the color of the interior paint of the vehicle.

The second and third digits of the "PAINT" code indicate the exterior color of the vehicle. For solid-color vehicles the digits are the same (e.g.: RR for solid Rangoon Red).
For two-tone vehicles the digits differ. The first code refers to the roof and lower body color, the second code refers to the contrasting color used on the mid-section.

NOTE: The codes shown below apply ONLY to 1965 Canadian-built trucks. 1965 U.S.-built trucks use different codes and different colors. The hexidecimal equivalents of some colors listed below will be added as they become available.

CODE YEAR
B Black
D Ivy
E Prairie Bronze
G Silver Smoke Gray Metallic
H Light Blue
J Caspian Blue
L Silver Blue
M Twilight Turquoise
CODE YEAR
P Champagne Beige
R Rangoon Red
S Vintage Burgundy
T Dynasty Green
U Honey Gold
W Wimbledon White
Y Sunlight Yellow
Z Prime

SOURCE: 1964-1972 Ford Trucks Master Parts Catalog 1975 Final Edition


REAR AXLE RATIO

 

SECOND ROW


MAKE CODES

The first digit above "SERIES" identifies the make of the vehicle

F - FORD       M - MERCURY


MODEL CODES

The model code is shown above "SERIES" and identifies the model as
listed in the Master Parts Catalog (MPC).


ACTUAL WHEELBASE

The number above "W.B" is the actual wheelbase in inches.
(See "Wheelbase Codes" above.)


GROSS VEHICLE WEIGHT

The gross vehicle weight rating for the vehicle (based on minimum equipment required) is shown in pounds (lbs).

 

THIRD ROW
 


ENGINE CODE
The code under the "ENGINE" indicates basic engine identification.
 
CODE GAS OR
DIESEL
CYLINDER C.I.D.
SP G 6 240
SR G 6 300 H/D
CODE GAS OR
DIESEL
CYLINDER C.I.D.
SRT G 6 300 H/D
SS G 8 352


TRANSMISSION SPEEDS

The number of transmission speeds is shown below "TRANS".


SPECIAL ORDER NUMBER

If a truck was special-ordered, the district code and invoice number will be listed here. If the truck is a regular production unit, only the District Code will appear.

NOTE: I'm still trying to track down the specific DSO (special order) district codes for '65. If you have access to this information, PLEASE e-mail me. These codes are not the same as the 1966-later trucks. I will update this section as new information becomes available.

Ford of Canada District Codes
(Source: 1967 Ford & Mercury
Truck shop manual

Mercury Code: Region: Ford Code:
A1
A2
A3
A4
A6
A7
H3
I1 thru I7
Central
Eastern
Atlantic
Midwestern
Western
Pacific
Government
Export
B1
B2
B3
B4
B6
B7
H3
I1 thru I7

The codes listed above are the Canadian D.S.O. codes from the 1967 Ford & Mercury Truck shop manual. I'm not certain they're the same codes for earlier model years, and are simply posted here as a way of archiving them and comparing them to the 'proper' codes once they can be 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 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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