You may want to consider:
If you own a 1966 Full Size Ford and have a Facebook account, you may want to consider registering it with the 1966 Ford Full Size Registry. Tom and the guys there will help you decode it and may tell you more about your '66, as very little records exist for Ford from this year. There are no Marti reports that exist for vehicles before 1967.
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The figures above illustrates the Ford Warranty/Data plates. The plate is located on the rear (lock)
face of the left front door panel.
The official Vehicle Identification Number for title and registration purposes is stamped on a tab
attached to the top right side (weld flange) of the dash panel in the engine compartment (see below).
Do not use the Vehicle Warranty Number which appears on the Warranty plate for title or
VEHICLE WARRANTY NUMBER
The vehicle warranty number is the second line of numbers and letters appearing on the Warranty Plate.
The first number indicates the model year. The letter following the model year indicates the assembly
plant at which the car was manufactured. The next two numbers designate the Body Serial Code. The
letter following the Body Serial Code designates the Engine Code. The remaining numbers indicate the
Consecutive Unit Number. The charts that follow, list in detail the various Vehicle Warranty Number codes.
The vehicle data appears in a line across the top of the warranty plate. The first two letters
and a number identify the Body Style. The following one or two letters identify the Exterior
Paint Color. The next code consisting of two numbers, or a letter and a number, identifies
the Interior Trim. The Date Code showing the date the car was manufactured follows the
Trim Code and consists of two numbers and a letter. The next code gives the district in
which the car was ordered and consist of two numbers. The next to the last code is the
Axle Ratio Code and is designated by a number for a conventional axle or a letter for an
Equa-Lock axle. The last code in the vehicle data is the Transmission Code and consist of
one number. The charts that follow, list in detail the various vehicle data codes.
The numeral "6" designates 1966.
* Denotes where full size Fords were assembled.
A Atlanta *
B Oakville *
D Dallas *
E Mahwah *
G Chicago *
J Los Angeles *
K Kansas City
L Michigan Truck
N Norfolk *
P Twin Cities *
R San Jose
S Pilot Plant (Allen Park, MI)*
U Louisville *
W Wayne *
Z St Louis
The model code number indentifies the product line series and the particular body style:
the first of the two digits shows the product line, and the second digit shows a two-door
style by and odd number or a four-door style by an even number.
Body Serial Code | Body Style Code | Body Type
53 62A 2-Door Sedan
54 54E 4-Door Sedan
Ford Custom 500
52 54B 4-Door Sedan
51 62B 2-Door Sedan
62 54A 4-Door Sedan
64 57B 4-Door Fastback
66 63B 2-Door Fastback
65 76A 2-Door Convertible
Galaxie 500 XL
68 63C 2-Door Fastback*
69 76B 2-Door Convertible*
Galaxie 500 7 Litre
61 63D 2-Door Fastback*
63 76D 2-Door Convertible*
Galaxie 500 LTD
60 57F 4-Door Fastback
67 63F 2-Door Fastback
71 71D 4-Door 6 Passenger
72 71B 4-Door 6 Passenger
74 71C 4-Door 9 Passenger
76 71E 4-Door 6 Passenger
78 71A 4-Door 9 Passenger
B 6-Cylinder 240 Cubic Inch (1V) (Police)
C 8-Cylinder 289 Cubic Inch (2V)
E 6-Cylinder 240 Cubic Inch (1V) (Taxi)
H 8-Cylinder 390 Cubic Inch (2V Spec.)
M 8-Cylinder 410 Cubic Inch (4V)
P 8-Cylinder 428 Cubic Inch (4V Spec.) (Police)
Q 8-Cylinder 428 Cubic Inch (4V)
R 8-Cylinder 427 Cubic Inch (8V Hi Pref.)
V 6-Cylinder 240 Cubic Inch (1V)
X 8-Cylinder 352 Cubic Inch (4V)
Y 8-Cylinder 390 Cubic Inch (2V)
Z 8-Cylinder 390 Cubic Inch (4V)
3 8-Cylinder 289 Cubic Inch (2V Lo Compression)
5 6-Cylinder 240 Cubic Inch (1V Lo Compression)
8 8-Cylinder 428 Cubic Inch (4V Lo Compression)
CONSECUTIVE UNIT NUMBER
Each assembly plant. with each model year, begins with a consecutive unit number 10001
and continues on for each car built.
Two-tone paint codes us the same symbols as the single colors except that two symbols are used.
The lower body color will appear first in the warranty plate paint color space.
If a special paint is used, the paint color space will not be stamped.
Code "M"Number Color Sales Name
A M30J-1724-A Black Raven Black
C M30J-1900-A Dk ExecGrayMet Coventry Gray (Mercury)
F M30J-1226-A Lt Blue Arcadian Blue
H M30J-1912-A Lt Beige Antique Bronze Poly
K M30J-1903-A Dk Blue Met NightMist Blue Poly
M M30J-1619-A White Wimbledon White
P M30J-1910-A Med Palomino Met. Sandalwood
R M30J-1879-A Dk Green Met Ivy Green
T M30J-2008-A Red Candy Apple
U M30J-1070-A Med Turq Met Tahoe Turquoise
V M30J-1921-A Copper Met Emberglo Poly
X M30J-1632-A Maroon Met. Vintage Burgundy Poly
Y M30J-1269-A Lt. Blue Met Silver Blue Poly
Z M30J-1915-A Med Sage Gold Met Sauterne Gold Poly
4 M30J-1901-A Med Silver Med Silver Frost Poly
5 M30J- Bright Red Signal Flare Red
8 M30J-1955-A Yellow Springtime Yellow
* "M-32-J" Acrylic Paint Alternate with "M-30-J"
***in the sample below, colors may vary based on your monitor calibration, age, usage.
Deviation trim sets will use existing trim codes plus a suffix. A trim code with a numerical
suffix is not serviced, while a trim code with an alphabetical suffix is serviced.
12 Blue and Lt. Blue Met. Fabric & Vinyl
15 Red Fabric & Vinyl
16 Black Fabric & Vinyl
17 Aqua Cloth and Aqua Vinyl
19 Palomino and Med. Palomino Fabric & Vinyl
22 Lt. Blue Met. Vinyl
25 Red Vinyl
26 Black Vinyl
31 Silver Cloth & Silver Vinyl
32 Blue and Blue Met. Vinyl
35 Red Cloth & Red Vinyl
36 Black Cloth & Black Vinyl
37 Aqua Cloth and Aqua Vinyl
38 Ivy Gold and Ivy Gold Vinyl
39 Palomino Cloth & Palomino Vinyl
42 Blue Vinyl
45 Red Vinyl
46 Black Vinyl
47 Aqua Vinyl
48 Ivy Gold Vinyl
51 Silver cloth & Silver Vinyl
52 Blue Cloth & Blue Vinyl
53 Burgundy Cloth and Burgundy Vinyl
55 Red Cloth & Vinyl
56 Black Cloth& Vinyl
57 Aqua. Cloth & Vinyl
58 Ivy Gold Cloth & Vinyl
62 Blue Vinyl
64 Emberglo Vinyl
65 Red Vinyl
66 Black Vinyl
67 Aqua Vinyl
68 Lt. Ivy Gold Vinyl
72 Blue Vinyl
75 Red Vinyl
76 Black Vinyl
77 Aqua Vinyl
82 Blue Vinyl
84 Emberglo Vinyl
85 Red Vinyl
86 Black Vinyl
92 Blue Vinyl
93 Burgundy Fabric & Vinyl
95 Red Vinyl
96 Black Vinyl
A3 Burgundy Leather
B2 Blue with Parchment Vinyl
B3 Burgundy with Parchment Vinyl
B6 Black with Parchment Vinyl
B7 Aqua with Parchment Vinyl
B8 Gold with Parchment Vinyl
B9 Palomino with Parchment Vinyl
D6 White with Black Vinyl
E6 White with Black Vinyl
F2 Blue with White Vinyl
F3 Burgundy with White Vinyl
F4 Emberglo with White Vinyl
F6 Black with White Vinyl
F7 Aqua with White Vinyl
F8 Ivy Gold with White Vinyl
F9 Palomino with White Vinyl
G2 Blue with White Vinyl
G3 Burgundy with White Vinyl
G4 Emberglo with White Vinyl
G6 Black with White Vinyl
G7 Aqua with White Vinyl
G8 Ivy Gold with White Vinyl
G9 Palomino with White Vinyl
K2 Blue Vinyl
K6 Black Vinyl
N2 Blue Vinyl
N5 Red Vinyl
03 Green Vinyl
04 Beige Vinyl
S2 Blue with Parchment Vinyl
X5 Red Vinyl
XD Parchment Vinyl
Y5 Red Vinyl
Z6 Black Vinyl
ZD Parchment Vinyl
The code letters for the month are preceded by a numeral to show the day of the month when
the car was completed. The second year code letters are to be used if 1961 model production
exceeds 12 months.
Month First Model Year Second Model Year
January A N
February B P
March C Q
April D R
May E S
June F T
July G U
August H V
September J W
October K X
November L Y
December M Z
Domestic Special Orders, Foreign Special Orders, and Pre-Approved Special Orders have
the complete order number recorded in this space. Also to appear in this space is the two-digit
code number of the district which ordered the unit. If the unit is regular production, only the
District code number will appear.
13 New York
44 Twin Cities
52 Des Moines
53 Kansas City
55 St. Louis
64 New Orleans
65 Oklahoma City
71 Los Angeles
72 San Jose
73 Salt Lake City
81 Ford of Canada
84 Home Office Reserve
85 American Red Cross
89 Transportation Services
1 3-Speed Manual-Shift
4 C-6 Automatic Dual Range
5 4-Speed Manual-Shift
6 C-4 Automatic Dual Range
7 Cruise-O-Matic (Ford)
8 Cruise-O-Matic (Ford) Multi Drive (Mercury)
A number designates a conventional axle, while a letter designates an EquaLock differential.
Tread- Front & Rear: 62.0"
Length Overall: 210"
Width Overall: 78.7"
Model 57F : 78.8
Height Overall: Models 54A, 54B, 54E, 62B, 62E: 55.6"
Models 57B, 57F, 63B, 63C, 63D, 63F: 54.7"
Models 76A, 76B, 76D: 54.8"
All Wagons: 56.9"
Usable Luggage Capacity: 19.1 cu ft.
Conv: 18.7 cu ft.
Front Compartment Dimensions:
Effective Headroom: Models 54A, 54B, 54E, 62B, 62E: 38.9"
Models 57B, 57F, 63B, 63C, 63D, 63F: 38.0"
Models 76A, 76B, 76D: 39.0"
All Wagons: 39.1"
Maximum Effective Legroom: 41.8"
Models 63C, 64D, 76B, 76D: 41.5"
Shoulder Room: 60.0"
Models, 63C, 63D, 76B, 76D: 59.6"
Hip Room: 62.6"
Wagon Cargo Dimensions:
Floor Length - Minimum, Front Seat Back to closed Tailgate: 93.0"
Floor Width- Minimum 6 Passenger: 48.6"
Dual Facing Rear Seats: 48.4"
Cargo Volume: 91.3 cu ft.*
*storage area under floor has additional 11.7 cu ft of additional space on 6 passenger models; but only 7.6 cu ft of additional space with dual
facing rear seats
Curb Weight -62E: 3535 lbs. (289 & Manual Trans)
54E: 3635 lbs. (289 & Manual Trans)
62B: 3570 lbs (289 & Manual Trans)
54B: 3640 lbs. (289 & Manual Trans)
54A: 3655 lbs. (289 & Manual Trans)
63B: 3610 lbs. (289 & Manual Trans)
57B: 3730 lbs. (289 & Manual Trans)
76A: 3845 lbs. (289 & Manual Trans)
63F: 3745 lbs. (289 & CruiseOMatic)
57F: 3840 lbs. (289 & CruiseOMatic)
63C: 3785 lbs. (289 & Manual Trans)
76B: 3930 lbs. (289 & Manual Trans)
63D: 4050 lbs (428 & Auto Trans)
76D: 4195 lbs. (428 & Auto Trans)
71D: 4110 lbs. (289 & Manual Trans)
71B: 4140 lbs. (289 & Manual Trans)
71C: 4190 lbs (289 & Manual Trans)
71E: 4210 lbs. (289 & Manual Trans)
71A: 4225 lbs (289 & Manual Trans)
1966 ORIGINAL PRICES & OPTIONS