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HOW TO DECODE YOUR 1963-1964 VIN / WARRANTY TAG

The following tutorial pertains only to U.S.-built 1963-1964 Ford F100, F250 and F350 trucks.

From the factory, the early '63 truck's warranty tag was located on the back side of the glove box door. Midway through the '63 model year the tag location was swapped to the outer face of the driver's door, where it remained through 1966. The information on the rating plate includes the V.I.N. number, the wheelbase in inches, color, model type, body type, transmission type, axle type, maximum gross vehicle weight in pounds, certified net horsepower and domestic special order (DSO) numbers (if applicable).

The warranty number identifies the truck series, engine type, assembly plant and consecutive unit number.
The complete official serial number is stamped on various frame and body locations. This number is the same as the warranty number, but is preceded and followed by asterisks.

NOTE: The V.I.N. can 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 make sure the V.I.N. stamped on the warranty tag matches the one on the frame.


1963-1964 Warranty tag / Rating plate

FIRST ROW - THE V.I.N. (SERIAL NUMBER)
   

SERIES
Letter and first two digits of series designation. (See Model Code below.)
F Conventional Series
C Tilt Cab Series
T Tandem Axle Series
B School Bus Series
P Parcel Deliver Series
100, 250, 350, 400 Light Duty Models
500, 550, 600 Medium Duty Models
700, 750, 800 Heavy Duty Models
For example: the F-350 is a Light Duty conventional model. The C-600 is a Medium Duty Tilt Cab model.
SOURCE: 1962-63 Ford Truck Shop Manual Supplement


 

ENGINE
CODE YEAR SALES
DESIGNATION
SERVICE AND
ENGINEERING
DESIGNATION
A* 1964 223 Six - 1V  
B 1963-64 262 Six - 1V  
C 1963-64 292 MD V8 - 2V EEH, EEJ** - Dual
D 1963-64 292 HD V8 - 4V EEK, 4-BBL
J 1963-64 223 Six - 1V  
* Export only
** P-Series only

SOURCES: 1962-63 Ford Truck Shop Manual Supplement
1957-1963 Ford Truck Master Parts Catalog
1964-1972 Ford Trucks Master Parts Catalog



 

ASSEMBLY PLANT
CODE PLANT
A (1) Atlanta
D Dallas
E Mahwah
G Chicago
H Lorain (Ohio)
K Kansas City
CODE PLANT
N Norfolk
P Twin Cities (St. Paul)
R San Jose
S Pilot Plant
U Louisville
(1) Shown in '57-'63 MPC, not shown in '63 Shop Manual
SOURCE: 1962-63 Ford Truck Shop Manual Supplement
1957-1963 Ford Truck Master Parts Catalog


 

CONSECUTIVE UNIT NUMBER

1963 MODEL
(325001 thru 445000)

August 1962 325001 thru 329999
September 1962 330000 thru 339000
October 1962 340000 thru 349999
November 1962 350000 thru 359999
December 1962 360000 thru 369999
January 1963 379000 thru 379999
February 1963 380000 thru 389999
March 1963 390000 thru 399999
April 1963 400000 thru 409999
May 1963 410000 thru 419999
June 1963 420000 thru 429999
July 1963 430000 thru 439999
August 1963 440000 thru 445000
SOURCE: 1957-1963 Ford Truck Master Parts Catalog

1964 MODEL
(445001 thru 580001)

August 1963 445001 thru 449999
September 1963 450000 thru 459999
October 1963 460000 thru 469999
November 1963 470000 thru 479999
December 1963 480000 thru 489999
January 1964 490000 thru 499999
February 1964 500000 thru 509999
March 1964 510000 thru 519999
April 1964 520000 thru 529999
May 1964 530000 thru 539999
June 1964 540000 thru 549999
July 1964 550000 thru 559999
SOURCE: 1964 Ford Trucks Shop Manual

 

SECOND ROW
 

WHEELBASE (IN INCHES)


 

COLOR CODE
CODE COLOR NAME PAINT
SPEC.
NO.
A Raven Black M30J-1724
B Caribbean Turquoise M30J-556
C Pure White
Arctic Milk White
M30J-1525
G Chrome Yellow
Schoolbus Yellow
M30J-1526
J Rangoon Red M30J-1515
K Driftwood Gray (1963) M30J-1618
K Bengal Tan (1964) M30J-1024
CODE COLOR NAME PAINT
SPEC.
NO.
L Dark Green
Holly Green
M30J-1237
M Corinthian White (1963) M30J-1238
M Wimbleton White (1964) M30J-1619
T Sandshell Beige M30J-1543
V Academy Blue M30J-1024
Y Glacier Blue
Skylight Blue
M30J-1553
SOURCES:
1962-63 Ford Truck Shop Manual Supplement
1957-63 Ford Truck Master Parts Catalog; 1964-72 Ford Truck Master Parts Catalog


 

MODEL CODE
Ford truck model designations consist of two elements, a letter and a three or four-digit number. The letter determines the type of truck and the number indicates the size:
F Conventional Series
C Tilt Cab Series
T Tandem Axle Series
B School Bus Series
P Parcel Deliver Series
100, 250, 350, 400 Light Duty Models
500, 550, 600 Medium Duty Models
700, 750, 800 Heavy Duty Models
For example: the F-350 is a Light Duty conventional model. The C-600 is a Medium Duty Tilt Cab model.
SOURCE: 1962-63 Ford Truck Shop Manual Supplement


 

CAB OR BODY TYPE
NOTE: 1963 is the only model year where the code shows the actual body style.
CODE BODY TYPE
66A Integral Standard Cab and Pickup Box (1963)
66B Integral Custom Cab and Pickup Box (1963)
80 Platform (Flatbed)
81 Conventional Cab (1964)
81A Conventional Standard Cab (1963)
81B Conventional Custom Cab (1963)
CODE BODY TYPE
83 Conventional Cab Flareside Pickup
84 Chassis and Cowl
85 Chassis Cowl and Windshield
86 Stake (Rack)
88 Stripped Chassis
99 Conventional Cab Styleside Pickup
SOURCES: 1957-1963 Ford Truck Master Parts Catalog; 1964-1972 Ford Truck Master Parts Catalog

 


NOTE: 1964 models include a letter or number in front of the '81'  identifies type and color of interior trim and also identifies unit as Standard or Custom model.

1964 TRIM SCHEME CODES

CODE BODY TYPE TRIM SCHEME
0 81A (F-N-NT-T100/1100) Black all vinyl (full width seat)
1 81A (F-N-NT-T500/1100) Silver gray crush vinyl and light gray crush vinyl
1 85 (P100/500) Light gray crush vinyl and light gray block weave vinyl
1 91A (except Hi-Tilt) Silver gray crush vinyl and light gray block weave vinyl
2 81A (F100/350) Medium blue crush vinyl and medium blue rib vinyl
2 87, 89 (except 89D) Medium blue crush vinyl and medium blue stitch pattern vinyl
3 81A (F100/350) Medium green crush vinyl and medium green rib vinyl
3 87, 89 (except 89D) Medium green crush vinyl and medium green stitch pattern vinyl
4 81A (F100/350) Light beige crush vinyl and light beige rib vinyl
4 87, 89 (except 89D) Light beige crush vinyl and light beige stitch pattern vinyl
5 81A (F100/350) Red crush vinyl and red rib vinyl
5 87, 89 (except 89D) Red crush vinyl and red stitch pattern vinyl
6 81A, 91A Black all vinyl
A 91B (except Hi-Tilt) Silver gray crush vinyl and gray twill stripe woven plastic
B 81B (F-N-NT-T100/1100) Medium blue crush vinyl and medium blue check stripe woven plastic
B 87, 89 (except 89D) Medium blue crush vinyl and medium blue check stripe woven plastic
B 89D Light blue crush vinyl and medium blue crush vinyl
C 81B (F-N-NT-T100/1100) Medium green crush vinyl and medium green check stripe woven plastic
C 87, 89 (except 89D) Medium green crush vinyl and medium green check stripe woven plastic
D 81B (F-N-NT-T100/1100) Light beige crush vinyl and medium beige check stripe woven plastic
D 87, 89 (except 89D) Light beige crush vinyl and medium beige check stripe woven plastic
E 81B (F-N-NT -T100/1100) Red crush vinyl and red check stripe woven plastic
E 87, 89 (except 890) Red crush vinyl and red check stripe woven plastic
F 81B Black all vinyl
F 91B Black all vinyl
J 81A (F-N-NT-T5 00/1100) Silver gray vinyl and light gray crush vinyl
K 81A (F100/350) Medium blue crush vinyl and medium blue rib vinyl
L 81A (F100/350) Medium green crush vinyl and medium green rib vinyl
M 81A (F100/350) Light beige crush vinyl and light beige rib vinyl
N 81A (F100/350) Red crush vinyl and red rib vinyl


 

TRANSMISSION CODE(S)
For light-duty trucks, this will be a single-digit code and identifies the vehicle's transmission. For some larger truck as required, the auxiliary transmission code will be stamped directly in front of the main transmission code.
CODE DESCRIPTION
A Manual 3-spd Ford Standard Duty
B Manual 3-spd Ford w/Warner T85, T86 Overdrive
D 3-spd Warner T89-C (MD)
CODE DESCRIPTION
E 3-spd Warner T87-E, G (HD)
F 4-spd Warner T98-A
G 3-spd HD Cruise-o-matic
SOURCES: 1962-1963 Ford/Mercury Truck Shop Manual Supplement
1964-1972 Ford Truck Master Parts Catalog


 

AXLE CODE(S)

The first two digits of the axle code identifies the vehicle's rear axle. As needed, the third digit identifies the vehicle's front axle.

FRONT AXLE CODES
CODE TYPE
A 3.92 - 3M (4WD) - Spicer 446F
B 4.56 - 3M (4WD) - Spicer 446F
D 4.56 - 3.5M (4WD) - Spicer 446HDF
SOURCES: 1962-1963 Ford Truck Shop Manual Supplement
1957-63 Ford Truck Master Parts Catalog
1964-72 Ford Truck Master Parts Catalog
REAR AXLE CODES
CODE YEAR NOTES RATIO &
CAPACITY
VENDOR MODEL
A1 1963 Locking 3.73 - 3.3M Spicer 44.1
1964 Locking 3.73 - 3M Ford WDF-D, H
A2 1963-64 Locking 3.92 - 3.3M Spicer 44.1
A3 1964 Locking 4.11 - 2.7M Ford WDF-A
A4 1964 Locking 4.57 - 2.7M Ford WDF-B
01 1963   3.50 - 2.3M Ford WCC
1964   3.50 - 2.3M Ford WCC-A
02 1963   4.00 - 2.3M Ford WCC
1964   4.00 - 2.3M Ford WCC-C
03 1963   4.11 - 2.7M Ford WCR
1964   4.11 - 2.7M Ford WCR-A, H
04 1963   4.57 - 2.7M Ford WCR
1964   4.57 - 2.7M Ford WCR-B, J
05 1963 (1) 4.10 - 2.3M  
1964   4.10 - 5.2M Dana/Spicer 60
10 1963 (2) 3.22 Ford WCC
1964   3.25 - 3.3M Ford WDM-A
11 1963-64   3.70 - 3.3M Ford WBG-E
12 1963-64   3.89 - 3.3M Ford WBG-F, H
13 1963   4.11 - 3.3M Ford WBG
1964   4.11 - 3.3M Ford WBG-L
21 1963 (1) 5.83 - 7.2M  
22 1963-64   4.88 - 7.2M Dana/Spicer 70
23 1963   5.13 - 7.2M Dana/Spicer 70
1964   5.13 - 7.4M Dana/Spicer 70
24 1963 F250, P350 4.56 - 5M Dana/Spicer 60
1964   4.56 - 5.2M Dana/Spicer 60
26 1963-64 F250, P350 4.88 - 5M Dana/Spicer 60
29 1963-64   5.87 - 7.2M Dana/Spicer 70
(1) As shown in '63 Shop Manual Supplement, not shown in '57-'63 MPC.
(2) As shown in '57-'63 MPC, not shown in '63 Shop Manual


 

THIRD ROW
 

MAX GROSS VEHICLE WEIGHT (IN LBS.)


 

NET HORSEPOWER AT SPECIFIED R.P.M.


 

DIRECT SPECIAL ORDER (D.S.O.) CODE
Identifies the district which ordered the vehicle. If the vehicle is specifically built on a D.S.O (Domestic Special Order), the complete order (invoice) number will also be reflected under the DSO space including the District Code Number.

If the truck is a regular production unit, only the District Code will appear.

 

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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