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Old 03-04-2014, 05:17 AM
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1968 F250 info wanted

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I have inherited my father in-laws 1968 F250 dual rear wheel truck with about a 4 meter tray and 6cylinder petrol motor (300), I am having trouble getting accurate information on it. The VIN plate has perished some what Click the image to open in full size.

Can anyone decipher this VIN plate and tell me where I can get accurate records on Australian based F trucks,
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It was used as a work truck up until my father in-law passed away 14 months ago, I wish to restore it and maybe add some power steering etc to make it nicer!! to drive, a V8 would be nice Click the image to open in full size.

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Sadly the images you linked, I (and others) can't see.
If you upload them to imgur.com and link them here, it might help
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Bugger, it worked when I put them in, look in albums, titled Big Red the pictures are there.
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Ok, got it:

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Cheers mate, I actually think the VIN plate aligns more an Aust. played built FORD. Simon
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tassie ~ Welcome to FTE

Adrian asked me to chime in, but I have no info to decode South African and "Down Under" VIN's and codes stamped on plates.

Looking at the pic in post 4, only the 3 codes on the last line look familiar.

May decode to: 7,600 lbs. Gross Vehicle Weight Rating / 129 net HP @ 4,000 RPM ~ This would be a 240 1V I-6, standard equipment: 1965/74 F100/600.

300 1V I-6 looks identical, shares the same block casting number, has 150 net HP @ 4,000 RPM

US: F250's did not come with DRW's until 1985. 1953 thru today F350's available with DRW's, but not with a pickup (Styleside) bed until 1980. DRW fibreglass rear fenders bolted to bed sides.

btw: After looking at pics of Big Red, the 6 lug front wheels are not from any F250, nor 1967/98 F350's.

US: 1953/98 F250's, 1967/98 F350's came with 8 lug wheels on a 6.50" bolt circle. 1953/66 F350's came with 6 lug wheels on a 7.25" bolt circle.
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Cheers numberdummy, I have come to the same conclusion about the bottom line, I believe the truck did have an 250 motor fitted originally but I think my father inlaw got hold of a 300 had it rebuilt and fitted it. Could the second line be M - transmission C - front axle load rating B - rear axle load rating and L the paint code, this is based on Aust. built Ford of the same year. I will measure the PCD of the wheel nuts tomorrow and see if I can get a VIN number off the chassis. Thanks Simon
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Cheers numberdummy, I have come to the same conclusion about the bottom line, I believe the truck did have an 240 motor fitted originally but I think my father inlaw got hold of a 300 had it rebuilt and fitted it.

Could the second line be M - transmission / C - front axle load rating / B - rear axle load rating / L the paint code, this is based on Aust. built Ford of the same year.
US: There are no codes stamped on plates inre to front/rear axle load ratings.

In 1970, Safety Standard Certification Label introduced, was glued to the B pillar below the striker plate, had the actual front/rear load rates in lbs. printed on it.

M = 1968/72 Clark 5 Speed Direct, but would not have been installed in F100/350's, 500 and larger series trucks only.

1965/72 F100/350 TRANS codes: A = New Process 435 4 speed (N =1965 only) / B = Warner T-85N 3 speed w/Overdrive (1965/71 F100 only) / F = Warner T-18 4 speed / G = A/T.

1961/78: The idiots at FoMoCo used the G A/T code for all F100/350 A/T's. One had to know which A/T was used with a specific engine size.

1965/77 F250 240/300 I-6's were available with C4's.

COLOR code L = Dark (aka Holly) Green / J = Rangoon Red
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This has a 4 speed with non synchro first, I think I read somewhere that our regs at the time stipulated that you have to have load ratings for the axles but I may be wrong, now I do have a picture of the truck when it was white, although the interior is the original red so I don,t know if it was originally white exterior then painted red or started red and painted white then red again by my father inlaw, the plot thickens. Simon
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This has a 4 speed with non synchro first, I think I read somewhere that our regs at the time stipulated that you had to have load ratings for the axles but I may be wrong.

Now I do have a picture of the truck when it was white, although the interior is the original red, so I don't know if it was originally white exterior then painted red or started red and painted white then red again by my father inlaw, the plot thickens. Simon
1964/72 Exterior COLOR codes related to white: C = Pure White / M = Wimbledon White.

1968 BODY (trim) codes related to 1968 bench seat red interior:

E81: E = Red Crush Vinyl & Red Leeds Pattern Woven Plastic / 81 = 81B Custom Cab/Ranger.

5 = Red Crush Vinyl & Red Ladder Pattern Vinyl / 81 = 81A Standard Cab.

1967/69 Custom Cab/Ranger have an anodized aluminum grille, stainless steel windshield reveal mouldings that Standard Cabs do not have.

Anodized aluminum: 1967 grille is 1967 only, 1968 Custom Cab/Ranger, 1969 Custom Cab grille same. 1969 Ranger grille specific to Rangers only.

Standard Cabs came with a white painted steel grille, 1967 grille is 1967 only, 1968/69 different.
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This has a 4 speed with non synchro first, I think I read somewhere that our regs at the time stilulated that you hax to have load ratings for the axles but I may be wrong, now I do have a picture of the truck when it was white, although the interior is the original red so I don,t know if it was originally white exterior then painted red or started red and painted white then red again by my father inlaw, the plot thickens. Simon
It might be also worth a call to Ford Australia Customer Service Center.


They usually have a copy of all marketing brochures from every model on hand, and they might be able to give you the specs from it, if they have one for your model year.
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Yeah good idea, I will do you don't want to donate the running gear from your truck to go into mine, LOL Am going to do some research to see what would be the best motor upgrade and also to see if there is a rear body that could be used in place of the current tray, I read a article on a 56 intrnational truck where they fitted a 95/98 dodge ram rear body to it, air bagged the suspension and fitted a thumping 2 stroke gm diesel, spent big money on it which I do nit have but it could happen if done in stages. Cheers Simon
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Right so Ford Aust. reply was :

Thank you for your e-mail to Ford Motor Company ofAustralia Limited (Ford Australia).
In response to your email, due to the age of yourvehicle, we are unable to provide any individual build details.
We regret we cannot be of further assistance.

So that went well I have posted a picture of an VIN plate from an Aust. built Ford from the same year in my album, I think it matched the layout of my VIN plate but it not going to help me identfy anything because Ford AUST. reckon they have no details.... grrrrr

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Thats a bummer - well, it was worth asking anyway, you never know
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Okay I have based the following on an AUST. built Ford Falcon of the same year as my truck, if it's correct then I will get someone in a Ford club here to tell me what it means.

The plate read as follows with what I think each section is in brackets:

Vehicle Prod. (Body SER. NO.? ) (SIDO No.? ) (Model ? )
AK2JHE ----------- 39942 --------- 407816--- - 73811D41

Engine (Trans.?) (Front Axle ? ) (Back axle ? ) (Paint ? ) Trim

D------------ M-------- C------------- B-------------- L------- 7

7600 GVM in LB 129 HP of engine 4000 RPM

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