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You are here: Home Technical Articles V.I.N. Data Decoding Your V.I.N. Tag - 1968
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Decoding Your V.I.N. Tag - 1968

THE FIRST ROW (THE VIN)
The first three digits
identify the series:
Series Code
F-100 2WD F10
F-100 4WD F11
F-250 2WD F25
F-250 4WD F26
F-350 2WD F35
The fourth digit identifies
the engine:
Engine Code
240 cid, 6-cyl. A
300 cid, 6-cyl. (LD) B
390 cid, 8-cyl. H
360 cid, 8-cyl. Y

See Engine Specifications chart below

   
The fifth digit identifies the assembly plant:
Assembly Plant Code
Ontario, CAN C
Dallas, TX D
Mawah, NJ E
Lorain, OH H
Kansas City K
Michigan Truck L
Norfolk, VA N
Twin Cities, MN P
San Jose, CA R
Allen Park, MI (Pilot plant) S
Louisville, KY U
The remaining six digits are the consecutive unit numbers:
Aug. 1967 -  C00,000 thru C13,999
Sep. 1967 -  C14,000 thru C27,999
Oct. 1967 -  C28,000 thru C41,999
Nov. 1967 -  C42,000 thru C55,999
Dec. 1967 -  C56,000 thru C69,999
Jan. 1968 -  C70,000 thru C83,999
Feb. 1968 -  C84,000 thru C97,999
Mar. 1968 -  C98,000 thru D11,999
Apr. 1968 -  D12,000 thru D25,999
May 1968 -  D26,000 thru D39,999
Jun. 1968 -  D40,000 thru D53,999
Jul. 1968 -  D54,000 thru D67,999
Aug. 1968 -  D68,000 thru D81,999

CLICK HERE to view actual production figures.

NOTE 1: The consecutive numbers for trucks were assigned just like Ford cars in the period, IE each assembly plant started with the same sequential number. Thus, the first truck in Kansas City production in 1968 would be assigned C00,000, as the first truck assigned to San Jose would also be C00,000. The unique serial number identifier would be the plant code.

NOTE 2: While researching these VIN pages, there have been many conflicting sets of numbers discovered. The numbers listed above are those listed in the 'Catalog of Ford Truck ID Numbers 1946-1972' and supported by the Oct. 1972 issue of Ford's technical bulletin 'Shop Tips' which also lists the same consecutive numbers. The 1975 Ford Master Parts Catalog shows the 1968 figures as C00,001 thru D82,000 (starting one unit earlier and ending one unit later). However, reportedly the figures in the shop manuals are off some because they were printed at the beginning of the production year run, and I've also heard from several truck owners who report higher unit numbers than those listed here...so the research will continue. Stay tuned!

 
THE SECOND ROW
The W.B. (Wheelbase) code indicates the wheelbase in inches:
115" is a short wheelbase truck, while a long wheelbase truck is 131".
The Exterior color code indicates the paint color:
Color Code
Raven Black A
Maroon B
Pure White C
Sky View Blue E
Chrome Yellow G
Rangoon Red J
Holly Green L
Wimbledon White M
Dark Blue O
Medium Ivy Green P
Lunar Green U
Meadowlark Yellow W
Yellow Green 3
Pebble Beige 6
Harbor Blue 7
Prime 9

   
The Model code indicates the model type and the gross vehicle weight in lbs.
Model GVW
F-100 5,000
F101 4,200
F-102 (1) 5,000
F-103 4,500
F-104 4,800
F-110 (4x4) 5,600
F-111 (4x4) 5,000
F-112  (4x4)(1) 5,600
F-113 (4x4) 4,600
F-250 7,500
F-252 (1) 7,500
F-253 6,100
F-254 6,900
Model GVW
F-255 (1) 6,100
F-256 (1) 6,900
F-260 (4x4) 6,800
F-262 (4x4) 7,700
F-263 (4x4) 6,300
F-264 (4x4)(1) 7,700
F-350 10,000
F-351 8,000
F-352 (1) 8,000
F-353 6,600
F-354 8,300
F-355 9,000
(1) - Reference Pennsylvania registration data
 
The Body code: The first one or two digits identifies the interior trim and the last two digits indicates the type of cab.
NOTE: Information about back-of -cab equipment (pickup box, flatbed, racks) was not included on '67-'69 VIN tags.

SOURCES:
(1) 1964-1972 Ford Truck Master Parts Catalog - 1975 Final Issue
(2) 1968 Ford Truck Parts Catalog (FD7753-68)

BODY STYLE

 CODE
Conventional Cab 81
Cowl and chassis 84
Cowl and windshield 85
Code Body Type Trim Scheme Source
14 F100/350 (81A)
Bucket seats
Pastel parchment crinkle vinyl and pastel parchment kiwi pattern vinyl (1, 2)
2 F100/350 (81A) Medium blue crush vinyl and medium blue ladder pattern vinyl (1, 2)
23 F100/600 (81A) Medium blue crush vinyl and medium blue leeds pattern woven plastic (1)
24 F100/350 (81A)
Bucket seats
Light blue crinkle vinyl and dark blue kiwi pattern vinyl (1, 2)
2B F100/750 (81A) Black all vinyl (1, 2)
2C F100/750 (81A) Black all vinyl (1, 2)
3 F100/350 (81A) Medium beige crush vinyl and medium beige ladder pattern vinyl (1, 2)
33 F100/600 (81A) Medium beige crush vinyl and medium beige leeds pattern woven plastic (1)
3B F100/750 (81A) Black all vinyl (1, 2)
3C F100/750 (81A) Black all vinyl (1, 2)
4 F100/750 (81A) Charcoal black crush vinyl and charcoal black ladder pattern vinyl (1, 2)
43 F100/600 (81A) Charcoal black crush vinyl and charcoal black leeds pattern woven plastic (1)
44 F100/350 (81A)
Bucket seats
Charcoal black crinkle vinyl and charcoal black kiwi pattern vinyl (1, 2)
4B F100/750 (81A) Black all vinyl (1, 2)
4C F100/750 (81 A) Black all vinyl (1, 2)
4N F100/750 (81A) Black all vinyl (2)
4O F100/750 (81A) Black all vinyl (2)
5 F100/350 (81A) Red crush vinyl and red ladder pattern vinyl (1, 2)
5 F100/350 (81A) Red crush vinyl and red ladder pattern vinyl (1, 2)
53 F100/600 (81A) Red crush vinyl and red leeds pattern woven plastic (1)
54 F100/350 (81A)
Bucket seats
Dark red crinkle vinyl and dark red kiwi pattern vinyl (1, 2)
5B F100/750 (81A) Black all vinyl (1, 2)
5C F100/750 (81 A) Black all vinyl (1, 2)
A4 F100/350 (81B)
Bucket seats
Pastel parchment crinkle vinyl and pastel parchment kiwi pattern vinyl (1, 2)
B F100/750 (81B) Medium blue crush vinyl and medium blue leeds pattern woven plastic (1, 2)
BB F100/750 (81B) Black all vinyl (1, 2)
B4 F100/350 (81B)
Bucket seats
Light blue crinkle and dark blue kiwi pattern vinyl (1, 2)
C F100/750 (81B) Medium beige crush vinyl and medium beige leeds pattern woven plastic (1, 2)
CB F100/750 (81B) Black all vinyl (1, 2)
D F100/750 (81B) Charcoal black crush vinyl and medium beige leed pattern woven plastic (1, 2)
DB F100/750 (81B) Black all vinyl (1, 2)
D4 F100/350 (81B)
Bucket seats
Charcoal black crinkle vinyl and charcoal black kiwi pattern vinyl (1, 2)
E F100/750 (81B) Red crush vinyl and red leeds pattern woven plastic (1, 2)
EB F100/750 (81B) Black all vinyl (1, 2)
E4 F100/350 (81B)
Bucket seats
Dark red crinkle vinyl and dark red kiwi pattern vinyl (1, 2)
J F100/250 (81B) Pastel parchment crinkle vinyl and light parchment granada pattern vinyl (1, 2)
J4 F100/250 (81B)
Bucket seats
Pastel parchment crinkle vinyl and pastel parchment kiwi pattern vinyl (1, 2)
K F100/250 (81B) Dark blue crinkle vinyl and dark blue granada pattern vinyl (1, 2)
K4 F100/250 (8IB)
Bucket seats
Light blue crinkle vinyl and dark blue kiwi pattern vinyl (1, 2)
M F100/250 (81B) Charcoal black crinkle vinyl and black granada pattern vinyl (1, 2)
M4 F100/250 (81B)
Bucket seats
Charcoal black crinkle vinyl and charcoal black kiwi pattern vinyl (1, 2)
N F100/250 (81B) Dark red crinkle vinyl and red granada pattern vinyl (1, 2)
N4 F100/250 (8IB)
Bucket seats
Dark red crinkle vinyl and dark red kiwi pattern vinyl (1, 2)
 
The Transmission code indicates the transmission installed in the vehicle

TYPE CODE
4-Speed New Process 435 A
3-speed overdrive B
3-speed Ford Light Duty C
3-speed Warner Medium Duty T89C, E, F D
3-speed Warner T87E, G E
4-speed Syn. Warner F
Automatic G
4-speed Synchronized Warner T-19 P
 
The Rear Axle code indicates the ratio of the rear axle installed in the vehicle
REAR AXLE CODES
TYPE RATIO &
CAPACITY
VENDOR MODEL Code
Locking 3.25 (3.3M) Ford (WFE) A1
Locking 3.70 (3.3M) Ford (WFE) A2
Locking 3.00 (3.05M) Ford (WDF-M) A7
Locking 3.54 (3.3M) Dana 44, 44.3 A8
Locking 3.54 (3.3M) Dana 60.2, 60.3 A9
Locking 3.50 (3.05M) Ford (WDF-L) B1
Locking 4.11 (3.05M) Ford (WDF-J) B2
Locking 4.57 (3.05M) Ford (WDF-K) B3
Locking 4.10 (5.2M) Dana 60 B4
Locking 4.56 (5.2M) Dana 60 B5
Locking 4.88 (5.2M) Dana 60 B6
Traction Lock (3.3M) Ford (WFE) B9
Locking 3.31 (3.3M) Dana 44, Dana 44.3 C1
Locking 3.73 (3.3M) Dana 44, Dana 44.3 C2
Locking 4.09 (3.3M) Dana 44, Dana 44.3 C4
Locking 4.10 (3.3M) Dana 60.2, 60.3 C5
Locking 3.54 (5.2M) Dana 60 C7
Locking 3.73 (5.2M) Dana 60 C8
Locking 4.88 (7.4M) Dana 70 D2
Locking 3.73 (7.4M) Dana 70 D6
Locking 4.10 (7.4M) Dana 70 D7
Locking 4.56 (7.4M) Dana 70 D8
Locking 4.10 (3.6M) Dana 60.3 E5
Locking 3.54 (3.6M) Dana 60.3 E9
REAR AXLE CODES
TYPE RATIO &
CAPACITY
VENDOR MODEL Code

-

3.50 (2.3M) Ford (WCC-M) 01

-

4.00 (2.3M) Ford (WCC-N) 02
- 4.11 (3.3M) Ford (WDM-L -V -Z -AB) 05
- 4.57 (3.3M) Ford (WEW-B) 06
- 3.00 (3.05M) Ford 07
- 3.50 (3.3M) Ford (WDM-J -W -T) 08
- 3.70 (3.3M) Ford (WDM-K -U) 09
- 3.25 (3.05M) Ford 10
- 3.50 (3.05M) Ford 11
- 4.11 (3.05) Ford (WCR-M) 12
- 4.57 (3.05M) Ford (WCR-N) 13
- 3.25 (3.3M) Ford (WDM-H -S) 17
- 4.88 (7.4M) Dana 70 22
- 5.13 (7.4M) Dana 70 23
- 4.10 (5.2M) Dana 60 24
- 4.56 (5.2M) Dana 60 25
- 4.83 (5.2M) Dana 60 26
- 4.10 (7.4M) Dana 70 27
- 4.56 (7.4M) Dana 70 28
- 5.87 (7.4M) Dana 70 29
- 3.73 (7.4M) Dana 70 36
- 3.54 (5.2M) Dana 60 37
- 3.73 (5.2M) Dana 60 38

SOURCE: 1964-1972 Ford Truck Master Parts
Catalog (1975 Final Edition)

 
FRONT AXLE CODES
TYPE RATIO &
CAPACITY
VENDOR MODEL Code
4WD - F100 3.73 (3.0M)
3.54 (3.0M)
4.09 (3.0M)
Dana 44-7F * K
4WD - F100
  Free Running
3.73 (3.0M)
3.54 (3.0M)
4.09 (3.0M)
Dana 44-7F
4WD - F250 4.55 (3.5M) Dana 44-6HDF
4WD - F250 4.55 (3.0M) Dana 44F
4WD - F250
  Free Running
4.55 (3.5M) Dana 44-6HDF
4WD - F250
  Free Running
4.55 (3.0M) Dana 44F
* Code K includes both F100 & F250 units with 3M or 3.5M frt. axles and regular or free-running hubs. Determine type of unit, axle size and type hubs before ordering parts.

  SOURCE: 1964-1972 Ford Truck Master Parts Catalog
  (1975 Final Edition)

 

 
THE THIRD ROW
The MAX. G.V.W. LBS. code indicates the maximum gross vehicle weight in pounds
The CERT. NET. H.P. code indicates the certified net horsepower at specified rpm.
 

The D.S.O. code:
Identifies the district which ordered the vehicle. If the vehicle is built on a D.S.O (Domestic Special Order), F.S.O. (Foreign Special Order) or L.S.O. (Limited Production Option), the complete order (invoice) number will also be reflected under the DSO space including the District Code Number. (CLICK HERE to see an example of a 1969 Ford truck order form, with the invoice number which would have been included.)

District Code
Boston 11
New York 13
Newark 15
Philadelphia 16
Washington 17
Atlanta 21
Charlotte 22
Jacksonville 24
Richmond 25
Cincinnati 27
Louisville 28
Cleveland 32
Detroit 33
Indianapolis 34
Lansing 35
Buffalo 37
Pittsburgh 38
Chicago 41
Fargo 42
Milwaukee 43
Twin Cities 44
District Code
Davenport 45
Denver 51
Des Moines 52
Kansas City 53
Omaha 54
St. Louis 55
Dallas 61
Houston 62
Memphis 63
New Orleans 64
Oklahoma City 65
Los Angeles 71
San Jose 72
Salt Lake City 73
Seattle 74
Phoenix 75
Government 83
Home Office Reserve 84
American Red Cross 85
Transportation 89
Export 90's

Ford of Canada
District Code
Central B1
Eastern B2
Atlantic B3
Midwestern B4
Western B6
Pacific B7
Export I1 thru I7
 
1968 Ford Truck Engine Specifications
Engine Code No. Cyl. CID Horsepower Comp. Ratio Carb
A 6 240 150 9.2:1 1-bbl
B 6 300 165 8.8:1 1-bbl
Y 8 360 215 8.4:1 2-bbl
H 8 390 255 8.6:1 2-bbl

Sources:

- Standard Catalog of Ford Trucks 1905-2002
  - Cars & Parts Magazine's Ford Truck ID Numbers 1946-1972
  - 1965-1972 Ford Truck Master Parts Catalog - 1975 Final Edition
 

 
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