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1948 - 1951 Truck Vehicle Identification

  • Where to find your VIN
    • For 1948-51 Fords the VIN plate is located on the glove box door and on the left side of the frame near the steering gear mounting bracket. The information on the rating plate is the VIN number. The first four digits of the VIN number indicate year, series and number of cylinders. The last six digits indicate the production sequence.
  • Series Prefix:
    • F-1 = 1/2 Ton
    • F-2 = 3/4 Ton
    • F-3 = 3/4 Ton Heavy Duty
    • F-4 = 1Ton
  • Vehicle Identification Number -87HC 139260
  • Model Year
    • 8 = 1948
    • 9 = 1949, 1950 & 1951 continue the 1949 number
  • Engine Code
    • 7H = 6 Cylinder
    • 8R = 8 Cylinder
    • 1BC Carburetor
    • 2BC Carburetor
  • Models Line
    • C = 1/2 Ton Pickup
    • Y = 3/4 Ton Pickup
    • T = 1 Ton Pickup
  • Production Sequence (Series #)

    Key Information 1948-51

    • 1948: The 1948 trucks were redesigned, featuring wider, longer, and taller cabs. Model designations were changed as well; the 1/2 ton trucks were known as F-1s.
    • 1949: The most noticeable change on the 1949 trucks was the deletion of the red pinstripes on the silver painted grille bars. Also, wheels were painted to match body color, rather than the previous black.
    • 1950: A running change on the F-1s was the relocation of the standard three-speed shift lever to the steering column from the floor. No other changes were made.
    • 1951: The 1951 trucks were restyled with a single bar type grille and a headlight at each end of the grille bar. The grille was painted argent (silver) to complement the chrome headlight bezels. During the model year, the grille was painted ivory and the headlight rings argent (silver). The hood got new side spears and a three slot embellishment at the front. The front bumper was redesigned. A V-8 emblem was used on the upper grille support on trucks that were so equipped. The pickup bed and tailgate were redesigned. The bed used a hardwood floor instead of the previous all metal floor. The rear window was larger. Door panels were added.
  • How to Identify Your Transmission
    • C4 and C6 Transmissions can be identified by the shape of the transmission pan.

1952 Truck Vehicle Identification

  • Where To Find Your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
    • For 1952 Ford the VIN plate is attached to the rear face of the driver's door. The information on the rating plate is the VIN number. The VIN number identifies the series, model year, assembly plant and production sequence.
      Vehicle Identification Number - F1D2LU100001
  • Series Identification
    • F-1 = 1/2 Ton
    • F-2 = 3/4 Ton
    • Engine Code
    • D = 215ci 6 Cyl
    • E = 239ci 8 Cyl
    • 1BC Carburetor
    • 2BC Carburetor
    • Models Year 2 = 1952
  • Assembly Plant
    • AT = Atlanta, GA
    • BF = Buffalo, NY
    • CS = Chester, PA
    • CH = Chicago, IL
    • DL = Dallas, TX
    • DA = Dearborn, MI
    • EG = Edgewater, NJ
    • HM = Highland Park, MI
    • KC = Kanas City, MO
    • LB = Long Beach, CA
    • LU = Louisville, KY
    • MP = Memphis, TN
    • NR = Norfolk,VA
    • RH = Richmond, VA
    • SR = Somerville, MA
    • SP = St. Paul, MN
  • Production Sequence (Series #)

    Key Information 1952

    • 1952: Most of the exterior changes on the 1952 trucks were cosmetic. In the front, the Ford name was once again affixed to the upper grille support panel. The V-8 emblem was located in the center of the hood vent on models so equipped. On the sides of the hood, a round emblem indicating the model designation was added to the side spears. The front grille was painted white, as was the front trim work on the hood. In addition, the front fender braces were deleted.

1953-56 Truck Vehicle Identification

  • Where To Find Your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
    • For 1953-56 Ford the VIN plate is attached to the rear face of the driver's door. The information on the rating plate is the VIN number. The VIN number identifies the series, engine, model year, assembly plant and production sequence.
      Vehicle Identification Number F25D3U100001
  • Series Identification
    • F10 = F100 - 1/2 Ton
    • F25 = F250 - 3/4 Ton
    • F35 = F350 - 1Ton
  • Engine Code
    • D = 215ci 6 Cyl 1BC Carburetor 1953-54
    • D = 223ci 6 Cyl 1BC Carburetor 1955-56
    • R = 239ci 8 Cyl 2BC Carburetor 1953-54
    • V = 239ci 8Cyl 2BC Carburetor 1955
    • Z = 256ci 8Cyl 2BC Carburetor 1955
    • V = 272ci 8Cyl 2BC Carburetor 1956
  • Models Year
    • 3 = 1953
    • 4 = 1954
    • 5 = 1955
    • 6 = 1956
  • Assembly Plant
    • A = Atlanta, GA
    • B = Buffalo, NY
    • C = Chester, PA
    • D = Dallas, TX
    • F = Dearborn, MI
    • E = Edgewater, NJ
    • H = Highland Park, MI
    • K = Kansas City, MO
    • L = Long Beach, CA
    • U = Louisville, KY
    • M = Memphis, TN
    • N = Norfolk,VA
    • P = St. Paul, MN
    • R = Richmond, VA
      S = Somerville, Ma
  • Production Sequence (Series #)

    Key Information 1953-56

    • 1953: Because 1953 was Ford Motor Company's fiftieth anniversary, all trucks were equipped with a Fiftieth Anniversary horn button. Also new was the Ford truck crest, which was located on the front of the hood.
    • 1954: Styling changes on the 1954s were mostly visible in the new "strut-mounted" grille design. In the engine compartment, the standard Coast Slipper six-cylinder engine was bored to 223ci. The big change, though, was the introduction of a new Power King V-8 engine, known as the Y-block.
    • 1955: Visually, the 1955 models got a new V-type grille that was painted white; Inside the V was a star emblem denoting a six-cylinder engine of a V-8. Wheels on the F-100s were painted Snowshoe White, and parking lamps and hoodside medallions were new. Two- tone paint was optional.
    • 1956: Styling changes for 1956 amounted to a new, wraparound windshield and a different grille, and recessed headlamps were new. Automatic-equipped trucks came with Ford-O- Matic script under the crest.

1957-58 Truck Vehicle Identification

  • Where To Find Your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
    • For 1957-58 Ford the VIN plate is attached to the rear face of the driver's door. The information on the rating plate is the VIN number. The VIN number identifies the series, engine, model year, assembly plant and production sequence.
      Vehicle Identification Number - F25J7U100001
  • Series Identification
    • F10 = F100
    • F11 = F100 Light Duty
    • F25 = F250
    • F26 = F250 Light Duty
    • F35 = F350
  • Engine Code
    • J = 223ci 6Cyl 1BC Carburetor 1957-58
    • K = 272ci 8Cyl 2BC Carburetor 145hp 1957-58
    • L = 272ci 8Cyl 2BC Carburetor 153 hp 1957
  • Models Year
    • 7 = 1957
    • 8 = 1958
  • Assembly Plant
    • A = Atlanta, GA
    • G = Chicago, IL
    • D = Dallas, TX
    • H = Detriot, MI
    • K = Kansas City, MO
    • L = Long Beach, CA
    • U = Louisville, KY
    • E = Mahwah, NJ
    • M = Memphis, TN
    • N = Norfolk,VA
    • R = San Jose, CA
    • P = St. Paul, MN
  • Production Sequence (Series #)

    Key Information 1957-58

    • 1957: The 1957 trucks were totally restyled. The running boards were eliminated, and the cab design and dash design were new. The most noticeable feature was the Styleside pickup box, which had slab sides that blended in with the sides of the cab. The traditional pickup with fenders attached to the outside of the box was called Flareside. The Flareside pickups came with a wood floor, whereas the Stylesides got a steel floor.
    • 1958: The 1958 trucks were facelifted. The most noticeable changes were the use of quad-headlight arrangement, a new mesh type grille and new hoodside identification emblems.

1959-60 Truck Vehicle Identification

  • Where To Find Your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
    • For 1959-60 Ford the VIN plate is attached to the rear face of the driver's door. The information on the rating plate is the VIN number. The VIN number identifies the series, engine, model year, assembly plant and production sequence.
      Vehicle Identification Number - F25J9U100001
  • Series Identification
    • F10 = F100
    • F11 = F100 4WD
    • F25 = F250
    • F26 = F250 4WD
    • F35 = F350
  • Engine Code
    • J = 223ci 6Cyl 1BC Carburetor 1959-60
    • C = 292ci 8Cyl 2BC Carburetor 158hp 1959-60
    • D = 292ci 8Cyl 2BC Carburetor 160 hp 1959-60
  • Models Year
    • 9 = 1959
    • 0 = 1960
  • Assembly Plant
    • A = Atlanta, GA
    • G = Chicago, IL
    • D = Dallas, TX
    • K = Kansas City, MO
    • L = Long Beach, CA
    • U = Louisville, KY
    • E = Mahwah, NJ
    • M = Memphis, TN
    • N = Norfolk,VA
    • S = Allen Park, MI
    • R = San Jose, CA
    • P = St. Paul, MN
  • Production Sequence (Series #)

    Key Information 1959-60

    • 1959: The major styling changes on the 1959 trucks consisted of a woven nylon saran seat upholstry, foam rubber seat padding, sound deadening material, two-tone paint on the doors and the instrument panel, a left door armrest, a white steering wheel with a chrome horn ring, a passenger's side visor, an illuminated cigal lighter, a chrome grille, headlight bezels, parking light rims and windshield moldings, and matched door locks. A Custom Cab emblem was located on each door.
    • 1960: The 1960 trucks featured a new grille that incorporated quad headlight bezels. The hood also got new sculpturing and new side ornamentation. Several minor improvements appeared, such as modified door latches, new door seals, a redesigned armrest, a redesigned wiring harness with multiplug sockets, and a cowlside fuse box and circuit breaker box.

1961-66 Truck Vehicle Identification

  • Where To Find Your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
    • For 1961-66 Fords the VIN plate is attached to the rear face of the driver's side door. The information on the rating plate is the VIN number, the wheel base in inches, color, model type, body type, transmission type, rear axle, maximum gross vehicle weight in pounds, certified net horsepower and domestic special order (DSO) numbers. Vehicle Identification Number - F25BR350001
  • Truck Series Code
    • F10 = F100 - 2 Wheel Drive
    • F11 = F100 - 4 Wheel Drive
    • F25 = F250 - 2 Wheel Drive
    • F26 = F250 - 4 Wheel Drive
  • Engine Code
    • J = 36 Cyl 223 CID 1BC Carburetor 1961-64
    • A = 6 Cyl 240 CID 1BC Carburetor 1966
    • B = 6 Cyl 262 CID 1BC Carburetor 1963-64
    • B = 6 Cyl 300 CID 1BC Carburetor 1965-66
    • D = V8 292 CID 4BC Carburetor 1961-63
    • C = V8 292 CID 2BC Carburetor 1961-64
    • N = V8 302 CID 4BC Carburetor 1962-63
    • D = V8 352 CID 2BC Carburetor 1965-66
  • Assembly Plant Code
    • A = Atlanta, GA
    • C = Ontario, Can
    • D = Dallas, TX
    • E = Mahwah, NJ
    • G = Chicago, IL
    • H = Lorain, OH
    • J = Los Angeles, CA
    • K = Kanas City, MO
    • L = Michigan Truck
    • N = Norfolk, VA
    • P = Twin Cities, MN
    • R = San Jose, CA
    • S = Allen Park, MI
    • U = Louisville, KY
    • Y = Wixom, MI
    • V = Kentucky Truck
    • Z = St. Louis, MO
  • Consecutive Unit Number (Series #)

    Key Information 1961-66

    • 1961: The 1961 restyled trucks featured less front overhang, more rounded lines, a flatter hood and larger glass area on cab.
    • 1962: Restyled slightly with Ford letering relocated to the grille opening. As in previous years the custom cab option was available on all models. It consisted of woven upholstery, chrome trim on the instrument cluster, white steering wheel, two-tone interior, bright metal grille and windshield reveal moldings.
    • 1963: A rectangular grille pattern and hood side emblems are new. The 6 Cylinder 262 CID now available.
    • 1964: The F-100 styleside got a new separate double wall bed with a single handle tailgate latch. The F-100 was available with either 6-1/2 food bed or 8 foot bed in Stepside or Styleside form. The bed floor on the Stepside was wood covered and the Styleside bed floor was steel.
    • 1965: The twin I-beam suspension was added. It combined the strength of a solid front axle with the softer ride possible in a design using independent front suspension. The parking lights were now located above the headlights.
    • 1966: New grille added. The grille now featured a horizontal bar and twin spear shaped openings above two rows of small rectangular cutouts. A new Deluxe Ranger option included bucket seats. Trucks equipped with the Ranger dress-up package are identified with a Ranger emblem.

1967-72 Truck Vehicle Identification

  • Where To Find Your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
    • For 1967-72 Fords the VIN plate is located on the right side of the cowl top panel under the hood. The information on the rating plate is the VIN number, the wheel base in inches, color, model type, body type, transmission type, rear axle, maximum gross vehicle weight in pounds, certified net horsepower and DSO numbers. Vehicle Identification Number - F25BR746001
  • Truck Series Code
    • F10 = F100 - 2 Wheel Drive
    • F11 = F100 - 4 Wheel Drive
    • F25 = F250 - 2 Wheel Drive
    • F26 = F250 - 4 Wheel Drive
  • Engine Code
    • A = 6 Cyl 240 CID 1V Carburetor 1967-72
    • B = 6 Cyl 300 CID 1V Carburetor 1967-72
    • G = V8 302 CID 2V Carburetor 1970-72
    • Y = V8 352 CID 2V Carburetor 1967
    • Y = V8 360 CID 2V Carburetor 1968-72
    • H = V8 390 CID 2V Carburetor 1968-72
  • Assembly Plant Code
    • C = Ontario, Can
    • D = Dallas, TX
    • E = Mahwah, NJ
    • G = Chicago, IL
    • H = Lorain, OH
    • K = Kanas City, MO
    • L = Michigan Truck
    • N = Norfolk, VA
    • P = Twin Cities, MN
    • R = San Jose, CA
    • S = Allen Park, MI
    • U = Louisville, KY
    • V = Kentucky Truck
  • Consecutive Unit Number (Series #)

    Key Information 1967-72

    • 1967: F-Series trucks were redesigned to a squared-off look with the headlights worked into the rectangular grille. The parking lamps were located under the headlights. The interior increased in size and had more glass.
    • 1968: The grille got a new look and to comply with federal standards side marker lights and reflectors were addes. Inside Ford improved the armrests, changed to safety window cranks and redesigned the heater controls.
    • 1969: The grille was the same as 1968 except the black paint was changed to ivory for the standard grille which changed again midyear to chrome. The rear view mirror mounted on the windshield instead of the window frame. The Ranger Package had a red stripe in the center of the grille and blacked-out headlight bezels.
    • 1970: The grille again got a new look with a grid pattern. The parking lights were wraparound and the rear side markes moved. The trim packages changed names - what was Standard became Customs and Custom became Sport Custom Cab. A new top of the line trim package was offered, called the Ranger XLT.
    • 1971: The grille changed to six rectangular sections on each side of the center vertical bar. The interior had a new two-spoke steering wheel with a horn bar instead of the button. The F-100 hubcaps were passenger car style.
    • 1972: The grille changed slightly to four rectangular sections on each side of the center vertical bar. Engine and transmission choices stayed the same. Power brakes were optional on 4 wheel drive trucks.

1973-79 Truck Vehicle Identification

  • Where To Find Your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
    • For 1973-80 Fords the VIN plate is located on the rear face of the driver's door. The information on the rating plate is the VIN number, color, model type, body type, maximum gross vehicle weight in pounds, engine size and certified horsepower. Vehicle Identification Number - F10AU100001
  • Truck Series Code
    • F10 = F100 - 2 Wheel Drive
    • F11 = F100 - 4 Wheel Drive
    • F15 = F150 - 4 Wheel Drive
    • F25 = F250 - 2 Wheel Drive
    • F26 = F250 - 4 Wheel Drive
  • Assembly Plant Code
    • B = Oakville Ontario, Can
    • C = Ontario, Can
    • E = Mahwah, NJ
    • H = Lorain, OH
    • I = Highland Park, MI
    • K = Kanas City, MO
    • L = Michigan Truck
    • N = Norfolk, VA
    • P = Twin Cities, MN
    • R = San Jose, CA
    • S = Allen Park, MI
    • U = Louisville, KY
    • V = Kentucky Truck
  • Key Information 1973-79
    • 1973: The F-Series were redesigned in 1973 although the styling remained similar to the 1972 truck. The parking lights were moved above the headlights and the grille had rectangular slots divided by a vertical center bar. The side marker lights were located by a concave groove on the body side, which previously was a spear. The series emblem is located beneath the groove on the front fender, behind the wheel well.
    • 1974: There was no exterior styling changes made on the 1974 trucks. The Super-Cab was introduced.
    • 1975:No exterior styling changes were made, but some interior trim and upholstery changes were made. The F150 was introduced with a GVW rating of 6,050lb. It came with heavier springs and axles. Packages available; Northland Special, Ranger and Ranger XLT.
    • 1976: F-Series trucks received a new grille with the familiar split grille frame. Headlights were set in blacked out bezels and rectangular grille openings were larger. At midyear amber parking lamp lenses were replaced with clear lenses. The F100 Stepside fitted with the pre-1972 style 6-1/2 foot box is added. Spring of 1976 this old style box was replaced by a more 90 degree stepside body.
    • 1977:Minor details made the 1977 truck different from the 1976 models. Side nameplates were redesigned, and the fuel filler door was now rectangular and flush with the body side. New hubcaps and wheel covers were added.
    • 1978-79: New grille design was added to F Series trucks. The split grille was replaced by a 1 piece design.

1980-86 Truck Vehicle Identification

  • Where To Find Your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
    • For 1981-86 Fords the VIN plate is located on the Latch face of the left front door. The 1980-86 VIN number has 17 digits and identifies the World Manufacturer Identifier Numerical Sequence of Assembly. Vehicle Identification Number - 1FDHF25F@BLA00,001
  • World Mfr. Identifier
    • 1FD = Ford Motor Company, USA
    • 2FD = Ford Motor Company, Canada
  • GVWR Class
    • B = 3,001 to 4,000 pounds
    • C = 4,001 to 5,000 pounds
    • D = 5,001 to 6,000 pounds
    • E = 6,001 to 7,000 pounds
    • F = 7,001 to 8,000 pounds
    • G = 8,001 to 8,500 pounds
    • H = 8,501 to 9,000 pounds
    • J = 9,001 to 10,000 pounds
  • Series Code
    • F10 = F100 - 2 Wheel Drive 1981-83 only
    • F14 = F150 - 4 Wheel Drive
    • F15 = F150 - 2 Wheel Drive
    • F25 = F250 - 2 Wheel Drive
    • F26 = F250 - 4 Wheel Drive
  • Check Digit (internal usage)
  • Model Year Code
    • B = 1981
    • C = 1982
    • D = 1983
    • E = 1984
    • F = 1985
    • G = 1986
  • Assembly Plant Code
    • N = Norfolk, VA
    • P = Twin Cities, MN
    • S = Pilot Plant
    • U = Louisville, KY
    • Z = St. Louis, MO
  • Key Information 1980-86
    • 1980:The restyling that occurred for 1980 is so mild and subtle that unless a 1979 or earlier and a 1980 or later Ford Truck are parked side by side, it's easy to miss the fundamental changes that occurred. Rather than softening the squarish styling of 1979 and earlier models, Ford's 1980 and newer full sized trucks have an even crispier look, seen most prominently in the angled corner at the rear of the cab as well as a similarly angled opening at the rear of the doors. Taller side windows that dip below the base of the windshield as well as a taller windshield that now blends with forward edge of the cab roof mark the remaining, most visible changes.
    • 1981:There was no exterior styling changes made on the 1981 trucks. A premium sound system was introduced. An all new, compact size Ranger entered production in January of 1981.
    • 1982: The most noticeable styling change for 1982 was the removal of the Ford name from the face of the hood. It was replaced by the Ford oval in the center of the revised, rectangular slots theme grille. Also new were lubed-for-life ball joints and adjustable camber.
    • 1983: Styling was carried over from the previous year. As a means of saving horsepower and fuel, F-Series trucks came with a viscous type fan clutch. It engaged the fan only as needed. Standard features included, chrome front bumpers and bright door mounted mirrors. In 1983, Ford regained its traditional first spot in sales from Chevrolet. Sales of the F-Series Pickups gave that model the number one sales rank among all cars sold in the U.S. Ford's F-Series models were simply America's most popular vehicle of any type.
    • 1984: The F-150 was now Ford's base light duty truck. Styling was carried over from last year. Among standard features were key-in-ignition warning buzzer and a parking brake engaged warning light.
    • 1985: Basic styling was unchanged for 1985 although optional bodyside moldings now started below the front side-marker lights. Standard features included Twin-I-Beam IFS (4X4's had Twin-Traction Beam IFS).
    • 1986: The F-250 was only offered with the 8 foot Styleside box. F-Series conveinence options included carpeted lower door panels with map pockets and a soft wrapped steering wheel with wood-tone insert.

1987 - 1996 Truck VEHICLE IDENTIFICATION

  • Where to Find Your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
  • Example VIN: 1FTFF25N@JKA00,001
  • World MAnufacture Identification
    • 1FT = Ford Motor Company USA
    • 2TF = Ford Motor Company Canada
  • GVW Class
    • C = 4,001 To 5,000 pounds F150 U150
    • D = 5,001 to 6,000 pounds F150 U150
    • E = 6,001 to 7,000 pounds F150 F250
    • F = 7,001 to 8,000 pounds F250
    • G = 8,001 to 8,500 pounds F250
    • H = 8,501 to 9,000 pounds F250 HD F350
    • J = 9,001 to 10,000 pounds F350
  • Series Code
    • F15 = F1502 Wheel Drive Standard Cab
    • X15 = F1502 Wheel Drive Super Cab
    • F14 = F1504 Wheel Drive Standard Cab
    • X14 = F1504 Wheel Drive Super Cab
    • F25 = F2502 Wheel Drive Standard Cab
    • X25 = F2502 Wheel Drive Super Cab
    • F26 = F2504 Wheel Drive Standard Cab
    • X26 = F2504 Wheel Drive Super Cab
    • U15 = U1504 Wheel Drive Bronco Wagon
  • Engine Code
    • Y = 6 Cyl 4.9 Liter EFI1987-1993
    • Y = 6 Cyl 4.9 Liter MFI1994-1996
    • N = V8 5.0 Liter EFI1987-1993
    • N = V8 5.0 Liter MFI1994-1996
    • H = V8 5.8 Liter 4 BBL Carb1987
    • H = V8 5.8 Liter EFI1988-1993
    • R = V8 5.8 Liter (F150 Lightning) EFI1993
    • H = V8 5.8 Liter MFI1994-1996
    • R = V8 5.8 Liter (F150 Lightning) MFI1994-1995
    • 1 = V8 6.9 Liter Diesel1987 M V8 7.3 Liter Diesel1988-1994 F V8 7.3 Liter Turbo
    • Diesel 1994-1996
    • K = V8 7.3 Liter Turbo Diesel1994
    • L = V8 7.5 Liter 4BBL Carb 1987
    • G = V8 7.5 LiterEFI 1988-1993
    • G = V8 7.5 Liter MFI 1994-1996 Check Digit (internal use only) @ Model Year
  • Model Year Code
    • H = 1987
    • J = 1988
    • K = 1989
    • L = 1990
    • M = 1991
    • N = 1992
    • P = 1993
    • R = 1994
    • S = 1995
    • T = 1996
  • Assembly Plant
    • C = Oakville, Ontario, Canada
    • H = Lorain, OH
    • K = Kansas City, MO
    • L = Wayne, MI
    • N = Norfolk, VA
    • P = St. Paul, MN
    • U = Louisville, KY
  • NUMERICAL SEQUECE OF ASSEMBLY

    1987-96 Key Information

    • 1987 : Ford introduced smoother more aerodynamic body styling. New aerodynamic impact resistant headlights with easy to install halogen bulbs replaced the old inset sealed beam style. The interior was also redesigned to a more streamlined appearance. Standard equipment now included rear wheel antilock braking systems, power steering and power brakes. The 4.9L and 5.0L Engines now had Electronic Fuel Injection and serpentine drive belts. The F250 was given heavier duty front and rear suspension, and included 16 inch 8 lug wheels for an increased GVW rating.
    • 1988 : Electronic Fuel Injection and serpentine drive belts became standard for all gas engines. The Flareside bed was dropped. Manuel transmissions were now five speed and the heavy-duty 5 speed is now standard in the F250.
    • 1989 : Basic styling was unchanged for 1989. The four speed transmission was brought back as an option.
    • 1990 : An all new Heavy-duty E40D electronically controlled 4-speed automatic transmission was offered with the 5.8L engine and was later available with the 4.9L and 5.0L.
    • 1991 : Basic styling was unchanged for 1991. An all black “Night” model was also offered for the F150 with aluminum deep dish wheels and a handling package.
    • 1992 : A 75th Anniversiary F150 was offered. The Flareside was brought back on the sport chassis only. The front and cab of the Truck were restyled, most noticably to the grille. The grille was redesigned with park and turn signal lamps now fully under the headlamps and wrapped around the side. Two vertical bars on the grille replaced the three bar style used since 1982.
    • 1993 : The F150 Lightning was introduced mid year with a 240hp 5.8L engine. The “Custom” trim packages were dropped as the base model and replaced by the XL. The “Night” model and the 4.9L engine were no longer avalible and the transfer case becamse the New Process 200.
    • 1994 : Driver side airbag, side door guard beams and stainless steel exhaust were added as standard equipment.
    • 1995 : A new Eddie Bauer trim level was added to the F150. This was also the last year for the F150 Lightning series.
    • 1996 : No significant changes were made for the F-Series this year as Ford began tooling for the resdesigned 1997 models.

1966 - 1996 Bronco Vehicle Identification

  • 66-77 Where to Find Your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
    • The VIN plate is attached to the rear face of the driver’s door. The VIN identifies the Series, Engine, Assemble Plant, Year, and Production Sequence. Example: U15SLAE0010 .
  • Series Identification:
    • U13 U100 Roadster (1966-68)
    • U14 U100 Pickup
    • U15 U100 Wagon
  • Engine Code CID Liters Cylinders Carb Years
    • F 170ci 2.8L 6 Cyl 1BC 66-72
    • S 200ci 3.3L 6 Cyl 1BC 73-74
    • A 240ci 3.9L 6 Cyl 1BC 68
    • N 289ci 4.7L V8 2BC 66-68
    • G 302ci 5.0L V8 2BC 68-77
  • Assembly Plant H Lorain, OH
    • Michigan Truck
    • R San Jose, CA
    • S Allen Park, MI
  • Production Sequence
    • From To Year
    • 732001 914000 66
    • A00,001 B82,000 67
    • C00,001 D82,000 68
    • D82,001 G30,000 69
    • G30,001 J70,000 70
    • J70,001 M30,000 71
    • M40,001 Q00,000 72
    • Q00,001 S60,000 73
    • S60,001 V00,000 74
    • V00,001 X40,000 75
    • A00,001 C75,000 76
    • 00,001 Z20,000 77
  • 78-79 Where to find your VIN:
    • For 1978-79 Broncos the VIN plate is attached to the rear face of the driver’s door. The information on the rating is the VIN number. The VIN number identifies the Series, Engine, Assembly Plant, Model Year and Production Sequence. Example: U15SLAE0010
  • Series Identification:
    • U15 U150 Bronco Station Wagon
    • Engine Code CID Liters Cylinders Carb Years
    • H 351Mci 5.8L V8 2BC 78-79
    • S 400ci 6.6L V8 2BC 78-79
  • 80 Where to find your VIN:

    • For 1980 Broncos the VIN plate is located on the latch face of the left front door. The VIN number has 11 digits and identifies Series, Engine, Assembly Plant and Numerical Sequence of Assembly. Example: U15FLGA0000 .

  • Series Identification:
    • U15 U150 Bronco Wagon 4 Wheel Drive
    • Engine Code CID Liters Cylinders Carb Years
    • E 300CID 4.9L 6Cyl 1BBL 80
    • F 302CID 5.0L V8 2BBL 80
    • W 351MCID 5.8L V8 2BBL 80
  • Assembly Plant
    • C Ontario Truck
    • H Lorain, OH
    • J Monterrey, Mexico
    • K Kansas City, MO
    • L Michigan
    • Numerical Sequence of Assembly
  • 81-86 Where to find your VIN:

    • For 1981-86 Broncos the VIN plate is located on the latch face of the left front door. The 1981-86 VIN number has 17 digits and identi­fies the World Manufacturer Identifier Code, Brakes/GVW Code, Series, Engine, Model Year, Assembly Plant and Numerical Sequence of Assembly.

  • Example: 1FTBU15F@BPA00,001
  • World Mfr. Identifier:
    • FT Ford Motor Company, USA
    • 2FT Ford Motor Company, CAN
  • GVW Class:
    • B 3,001 to 4,000 pounds
    • C 4,001 to 5,000 pounds
    • D 5,001 to 6,000 pounds
    • E 6,001 to 7,000 pounds
    • F 7,001 to 8,000 pounds
  • Series Code
    • U15 U150 Bronco Wagon 4 Wheel Drive
    • Engine Code CID Liters Cylinders Carb Years
    • E 6Cyl 300CID 4.9L 1BBL 81-82
    • Y 6Cyl 300CID 4.9L 1BBL 83-86
    • F V8 302CID 5.0L 2BBL 81-85
    • N V8 302CID 5.0L EFI 85-86
    • W V8 351MCID 5.8L 2BBL 81
    • G V8 351WCID 5.8L 2BBL 81-85
    • H V8 351WCID 5.8L 4BBL 84-86Check Digit (Internal usage)
  • Model Year Code
    • B 81
    • C 82
    • D 83
    • E 84
    • F 85
    • G 86
  • Assembly Plant
    • N Norfolk, VA
    • P Twin Cities
    • S Pilot Plant
    • U Louisville, KY
    • Z St. Louis, MO
    • Numerical Sequence of Assembly
  • 87-96 Where to find your VIN:

    • For 1987-96 Broncos the VIN plate is mounted on the driver’s side of the instrument panel and is visible through the windshield

  • Example: 1FTDU15N@JKA00,001
  • World Mfr. Identifier:
    • 1FT Ford Motor Company, USA
    • 2FT Ford Motor Company, CAN
  • GVW Class:
    • C 4,001 to 5,000 pounds
    • D 5,001 to 6,000 pounds
  • Series Code
    • U15 U150 Bronco Wagon 4 Wheel Drive
  • Engine Code
    • Y 6Cyl 4.9L EFI 87-92
    • N V8 5.0L EFI 87-93
    • N V8 5.0L MFI 94-96
    • H V8 5.8L 4BBL 87
    • H V8 5.8L EFI 88-93
    • H V8 5.8L MFI 94-96
  • Production Sequence
    • From To Year
    • 732001 914000 66
    • A00,001 B82,000 67
    • C00,001 D82,000 68
    • D82,001 G30,000 69
    • G30,001 J70,000 70
    • J70,001 M30,000 71
    • M40,001 Q00,000 72
    • Q00,001 S60,000 73
    • S60,001 V00,000 74
    • V00,001 X40,000 75
    • A00,001 C75,000 76
    • 00,001 Z20,000 77
  • 1966-1996 BRONCO KEY INFORMATION
    • 1966 :The latest addition to the truck line was the four wheel drive Bronco utility vehicle. Built on a 92” wheel base, the Bronco was powered by the 170ci inline 6 and later in the year, the 289ci V8 became optional. The Bronco was available in 3 styles, the standard Bronco was the Roadster, with no roof or doors and a fold down windshield; the sport utility was a pickup with a bolted on, removable steel roof over the front seat; and the Bronco wagon came with a full length roof and large side windows.
    • 1967:New additions to the basically unchanged Bronco included variable-speed wind­shield wipers, padded sun visors, back-up lights, a dual master brake cylinder and self-adjusting brakes. The sports utility model is now called a pickup. A new Sports Package available for the wagon and pickup included bright horn rings, headlight bezels, tail light bezels, tailgate handle, windshield rails, instrument panel trim, side window frames, a grille, chrome plated bumpers with bumper guards, dual armrests, trimmed headboard liner, wheel covers, cigar lighter and a floor mat for the wagon.
    • 1968:The Bronco continued with the same body shell which now got side marker lights on the front and reflectors on the lower rear quarter panels. The front bumpers were new as well, featuring curved rather than squared off ends. The interior’s door handles and window cranks were improved, and a heater and defroster were standard. free­wheeling front hubs and the Bronco’s swing away spare tire carrier were new.
    • 1969:The Bronco roadster model was deleted and the other Bronco models got minor cosmetic changes. However, many mechanical improvements were made to reduce noise and improve Bronco’s structural integrity, including elimination of the Bronco’s folding windshield.
    • 1970:The most noticeable change on the Bronco was the now flush mounted side marker lamps, which were also positioned higher. The base engine was still the 170ci, 105hp inline six. The Sports Package still included bright exterior moldings and trim, an argent grille, Parchment pleated upholstery, floor mats, lighter, chrome front and rear bumpers, wheel covers and Sport Bronco emblem.
    • 1971:Basically no changes were made to the Bronco. It did get a heavier duty front axle and 12.7 gallon gas tank. Only three speed manual transmission available.
    • 1972:Basically no changes were made to the Bronco. When fitted with the optional 302ci V8 engine, bucket seats and a 3.5:1 rear axle were included.
    • 1973:Bronco now one model series, as the pickup version was dropped. Base engine was 200ci version of the inline six, and the 302ci V8 was optional. Power steering and the Cruise-O-Matic transmission were new options on the V8 equipped Broncos.
    • 1974:Exterior was unchanged. Selector dial for transmission was lighted and a dome light replaced the map light, which became an option. New is a different steering gear mechanism. Six cylinder engine was phased out during the year.
    • 1975:Exterior was unchanged but underwent several mechanical changes, including new use of a catalytic converter.
    • 1976:Mechanical enhancements like heavier axle and front disc brakes were made. New options included front stabilizer bar, quicker power steering system and heavy-duty shocks. Also new was the Special Décor Group consisting of a blacked-out grille, color-keyed hood and body side tape stripe, bright windshield moldings and window frames and bright wheel covers. 200ci inline six with a 3 speed transmission. Optional was the 302ci V8 and Cruise-O-Matic automatic transmission.
    • 1977:The Bronco had minor refinements for its last year with this body style.
    • 1978:Beginning with the 1978 model year, Bronco was completely redesigned, bearing no relationship with the earlier models. 1978-79 Bronco is built on an F150 pickup chassis. The 1978-79 models are identical insofar as equipment goes. Engine availability was limited to a base 351 ci V8 with an optional 400 V8 also available.
    • 1979:No dramatic changes were made.
    • 1980:The 4x4 Bronco trimmed down a bit for 1980. Although the front end treatment resembled the 1978-79 models, it was different. The grille was revised and the park­ing lights were now recessed directly beneath the headlights. New wrap-around tail lights were used. Also new was twin beam independent front suspension, replacing the former rigid axle.
    • 1981:Styling of the four-wheel drive Bronco was unchanged for 1981. Standard features included: bucket seats, vinyl sun visors, padded instrument panel, arm rests, door lock
      buttons and inside hood release.
    • 1982:The 4x4 Bronco received a mild facelift for 1982. The revised grille had only three vertical bars and the Ford script in an oval emblem in its center. This emblem was also placed on the lower left corner of the tailgate.
    • 1983:Styling of the four-wheel drive Bronco was carried over from the previous year. Convenience options included a headlight-on warning buzzer. The under hood light had a 20-foot cord..
    • 1984:Styling of the four-wheel Bronco was carried over from the previous year. Standard features included: black front and rear bumpers; bright hubcaps and black scuff plates. Options included an under hood tool box.
    • 1985:Outside of some new options, the four-wheel drive Bronco was unchanged for 1985. New options included white styled steel wheels.
    • 1986:The attractive full-sized Bronco was basically unchanged for 1986. The Eddie Bauer Bronco included two-tone paint, dual body side paint stripes, privacy glass, all terrain raised white-letter tires and Eddie Bauer garment and equipment bags.
    • 1987:Ford introduced smoother more aerodynamic body styling. New aerodynamic, impact-resistant headlights with easy-to-install halogen bulbs replaced the old inset sealed beam style. The interior was also redesigned for a more streamlined appearance. Standard equipment now included rear wheel anti-lock braking system, power steering and power brakes. The 4.9L and 5.0L engines now had Electronic Fuel Injection and serpentine drive belts. The Eddie Bauer Trim package was offered and a 4,000 lb. chrome step bumper became standard.
    • 1988:Electronic Fuel Injection and serpentine drive belts became standard for all engines. Manual transmissions were now 5-speed.
    • 1989:Basic styling was unchanged for 1989. The 4-speed manual transmission was brought back as an option.
    • 1990:An all new heavy-duty E4OD electronically controlled 4-speed automatic transmis­sion was offered with the 5.8L engine and was later available with the 4.9L and 5.0L.
    • 1991:In commemoration of 25 years of Ford sports utilities, a Bronco silver anniversary model was offered. An all black Night model was offered with aluminum deep dish wheels and a handling package.
    • 1992:The grille was redesigned with park and turn signal lamps now fully under the head­lights and wrapping around the side. Two vertical bars on the grille replaced the three- bar style used since 1982.
    • 1993:Four-wheel ABS became standard equipment. The Night model and the 4.9L engine were no longer available. The transfer case became the New Process 200.
    • 1994:A driver’s side airbag became standard equipment. The XLT sport package was introduced with bright red exterior paint and body-colored cab steps.
    • 1995:The XLT sport package continued with bright red exterior paint and body-colored cab steps.
    • 1996:The last year of production offered no significant changes besides the new signal mirrors offered with the XLT and Eddie Bauer Series.