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Old 09-29-2012, 10:48 AM
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Some more vin decoding needed

Hoping some wonder can decipher my recent purchase Ranchero chassis and drive train for me.

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F3A47H254598

Body 97 Color 6F Trim VFA Trans X Axle 6 DSO 74
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Hey Mitch, tell us more about what you've got.. 63 or 73?

Here's one link I found that might help: http://www.ranchero.us
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Hey Jerry;
Long time no hear! I purchase a 57 F100 swb Big window project; setting on a 73 Ranchero chassis & Drive train.
appericate the link; isn't as user friendly as a truck vin access. The chassis is for sure a 73; the motor valve covers are 351C; doesn't mean its a 351c; the trans looks to be C4. I would love to have a means to get the whole thing decipher; to include the rear axle ratio.
I might be force to doing it the old school way thought.
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Hoping some wonder can decipher my recent purchase Ranchero chassis and drive train for me.
thanks;

F3A47H254598

Body 97 Color 6F Trim VFA Trans X Axle 6 DSO 74
i just went though some of this on my 78GT.
1st letter F. just means its a Ford.
so on that note.

3 - 1973
A - Built in Atlanta
47 - Ranchero 500
H - 351 Engine v8 2b Windsor and Cleavland have the same Engine code in the vin.
254598 - unit number

that was the easy part.

Body 97- Supposta be GT body but the Vin Code doesnt match for this.
In the Veh Vin for a GT its 48.
Color F6 - all i can find was a Metallica Green.
Trim VFA - this is the interior color code. i cant find this one.
Axle 6 - Conventional 3.00:1 Ratio Axle
Trans X- FMX
DSO 74- Seattle region

i cant take all the credit for this some of it was copy paste from what ive found and some of it is what ive learned off mine.
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You realize that your 78 ranchero is NOT a Gt then right? Since you have the 47 that means it's a 500.
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The vin for customs chero frame is 47 for the ranchero 500. His body code is 97. might wana double check the door tag.

My 78 is a 48 for GT and 97R for GT body.

His is 3a47hxxxxxx
Mines 8h48hxxxxxx

It took me a few days to find all the info for my door tag. Out of boardom i did spend about an hour looking up the info for his vin. Though the years between ours are far some info is the same.

These are the 3 codes for the dash vin between the 3. I don't know the codes for the body door tag between them.
Besides 97D being 500 and 97R is GT. My dads old chero was a 97D and his 2nd chero was 97R, 1 year older and paint negitive to mine.

Ranchero 1970 - 1979
47 500 -- 97D
48 GT -- 97R
49 Squire --
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Thanks for the data; Coop Wa; it really helps clarify somethings for me!
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