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. 

The weblink is here:

Ford Fullsize Registry

 
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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
registration purposes.

 

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.

 

VEHICLE DATA

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.

 

MODEL YEAR
The numeral "6" designates 1966.

ASSEMBLY PLANT

Code Letter

A   Atlanta

B Oakville

C Ontario

D   Dallas

E   Mahwah

F   Dearborn

G   Chicago

H   Lorain

J   Los Angeles

K  Kansas City

L   Michigan Truck

N  Norfolk

P  Twin Cities

R  San Jose

S  Pilot Plant

T  Metuchen

U  Louisville

W  Wayne

Y  Wixom

Z  St Louis

 

MODEL

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

Ford Custom

53                               62A                 2-Door Sedan 

54                               54E                 4-Door Sedan 

Ford Custom 500

52                               54B                4-Door Sedan 

51                                62B                2-Door Sedan 

Galaxie 500

62                                54A                 4-Door Sedan 

64                                57B                 4-Door Fastback 

66                                63B                2-Door Fastback 

65                                76B               2-Door Convertible 

Galaxie 500 XL

68                                63C              2-Door Fastback* 

69                                76B              2-Door Convertible* 

Galaxie 500 7.0 Litre

61                                63D              2-Door Fastback* 

63                                76D              2-Door Convertible* 

Galaxie 500 LTD

60                                 57F               4-Door Fastback

67                                 63F               2-Door Fastback

Ranch Wagon

71                                 71D                4-Door 6 Passenger

Country Sedan

72                                 71B                4-Door 6 Passenger

74                                 71C               4-Door 9 Passenger 

Country Squire

76                                71E              4-Door 6 Passenger 

78                                71A              4-Door 9 Passenger

 

ENGINE

Code

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.

 

Color
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"

 

TRIM

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
 

 

DATE
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

 

DSO
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.

District Code

CodeDistrictCodeDistrict

11  Boston

12 Buffalo

13 New York

14 Pittsburgh

15 Newark

21 Atlanta

22 Charlotte

23 Philadelphia

24 Jacksonville

25 Richmond

26 Washington

31 Cincinnati

32 Cleveland

33 Detroit

34 Indianapolis

35 Lansing

36 Louisville

41 Chicago

42 Fargo

43 Rockford

44 Twin Cities

45 Davenport

51 Denver

52 Des Moines

53 Kansas City

54 Omaha

55 St. Louis

61 Dallas

62 Houston

63 Memphis

64 New Orleans

65 Oklahoma City

71 Los Angeles

72 San Jose

73 Salt Lake City

74 Seattle

81 Ford of Canada

83 Government

84 Home Office Reserve

85 American Red Cross

89 Transportation Services

90 Export

 

TRANSMISSION

Code.....Type

1      3-Speed Manual-Shift

2     Overdrive

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)

 

AXLE
A number designates a conventional axle, while a letter designates an EquaLock differential.

Code.....Ratio

1       3.00:1

4      3.25:1

5      3.50:1

8      3.89:1

9      4.11:1

A     3.00:1

E      3.25:1

F      3.50:1

H     3.89:1