Ford Parts Number Decoder

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  1. CaptainComet

    CaptainComet Large Member

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    Hi all,

    I found this really comprehensive parts number decoder posted on a Mustang board. I have looked at a few numbers here and it seems to be accurate.

    I knew about the first two characters being decade and year in that decade, but this covers a lot more.

    Enjoy ...


    Prefix

    The first character indicates the decade of design:

    A = 1940s (often omitted)
    B = 1950s
    C = 1960s
    D = 1970s
    E = 1980s
    F = 1990s

    The second character indicates the last digit of year of introduction or revision. The number remains the same until the part goes through a major revision. Example: All '87-'95 Mustang (exc. Cobra) cylinder heads have the same Service Part Number prefix (E7TE) aka Casting Number. Decipher the Date Code to indicate when the part was actually made.

    The third character of the prefix indicates the product the part was originally designed for:

    A = Ford (generic), Galaxie
    B = Bronco (1970-73), Maverick (1975-77), Fairmont (1978-83)
    C = Remanufactured parts (1966-75), Elite (1975), Capri (1979-up)
    D = Falcon (1960-69), Maverick (1970-74), Granada (1975-82), LTD (1983-up)
    E = Truck (Cab over Engine 1970-73), Pinto (1976-80), Escort (1981-up), Explorer
    F = Outside (Foreign) sales, Trans Am Racing
    G = Comet (1961-67), Montego (1968-76), EXP (1982-up)
    H = Holman/Moody Hi-Po Parts, Heavy-duty truck (1966-82), Medium-duty truck (1983-up)
    I = N/A
    J = Industrial
    K = Edsel (1958-60), Tilt-Cab Trucks (1970-73), Comet (1975-77), Zephyr (1978-83), Marquis (1983-up)
    L = Lincoln
    M = Mercury
    N = Tractor
    O = Fairlane, Torino (1969-76), LTD II (1977-79), LN7 (1982-83)
    P = Autolite/Motorcraft
    Q = N/A
    R = Rotunda Brand (Generic), Ford of Europe (1970-up)
    S = Thunderbird
    T = Light-duty and Medium-duty truck (1966-82), Bronco (1966-82, except 1970-73), Light-duty truck and Bronco I (1983-up)
    U = Econoline/Club Wagon Van
    V = Continental (1961-81)
    W = Cougar (1967-up, except 1981-82), XR7 (1981-82)
    X = Trucks (short highway 1970-73)
    Y = Meteor (Canada 1962-72), Bobcat (1975-80), Lynx (1981-up)
    Z = Mustang
    1 = N/A
    2 = Pinto (1972-75)
    3 = Tempo (1984-up)
    4 = Comet (1971-74), Monarch (1975-80), Cougar (1981-82), Marquis (1983-up)
    5 = Recreational Vehicles, Continental (1982-up)
    6 = Pantera (1971-75), Topaz (1984-up)
    7 = Courier (1971-82), Ranger/Bronco II (1983-up), Explorer (1991-up)
    8 = Ford Capri (US designed parts, 1972-75)
    9 = Turbine engine parts (1970-75)

    The fourth character indicates the following Ford Design Engineering/Division Offices:

    A = Light Truck Engineering
    B = Body and Electrical
    C = Chassis
    D = Overseas Products
    E = Engine
    F = General Parts/Electrical and Electronics
    G = N/A
    H = Climate Control (1972-up)
    I = N/A
    J = Autolite/Ford Service Parts
    K = N/A
    L = Industrial Engine Service Parts
    M = Special Vehicle Operations, Ford Racing Performance Parts, Holman/Moody
    N = Tractor Parts, Diversified Products Operations
    O = N/A
    P = Automatic Transmissions
    Q = N/A
    R = Manual Transmissions
    S = Light and Heavy Truck Special Order Parts
    T = Heavy Truck Engineering
    U = Special Vehicles Operations
    V = Vehicle Special Ordering and Engineering Section
    W = Axle and Driveshaft
    X = Emissions, Economy and Special Vehicle Engineering (Muscle Car Parts)
    Y = Lincoln/Mercury Service Parts
    Z = Ford Service Parts

    Basic Part Numbers (general range)

    Regular (except interior or trim):
    1000-1250 = Wheels, hubs, drums
    1350-1499 = Spare wheel
    2001-2285 = Brakes (service)
    2307-2438 = Brakes (power)
    2442-2482 = Brake controls
    2505-2900 = Brakes (parking)
    3000-3359 = Front suspension and steering linkage
    3500-3764 = Steering gear
    4000-4296 = Rear axle
    4600-4859 = Drive shaft
    5000-5176 = Frame
    5200-5299 = Muffler and exhaust pipe
    5300-5499 = Front spring and stabilizer
    5550-5832 = Rear spring
    6000-6898 = Engine
    6905-6968 = Transmission overdrive and engine steady rest
    7000-7997 = Transmission (Automatic or Manual) and Clutch
    8000-8499 = Radiator and grille
    8500-8689 = Water pump and fan
    9002-9296 = Fuel tank
    9301-9420 = Fuel pump
    9421-9499 = Manifolds, clamps, etc.
    9500-9599 = Carburetor
    9600-9699 = Air cleaner
    9700-9999 = Accelerator and choke control rods
    10000-10449 = Generator and alternator
    10500-10653 = Voltage regulator
    10654-10756 = Battery
    10838-10990 = Instruments
    11000-11382 = Starter motor
    11450-11688 = Lighting and ignition switch
    12000-12390 = Ignition coil, distributor, condenser
    12402-12425 = Spark plugs
    13002-13248 = Lamps (head and parking)
    13402-13796 = Lamps (rear)
    13809-13853 = Lamps (license and pillar) and horn
    14197-14689 = Wiring
    15000-15858 = Miscellaneous accessories
    16000-16550 = Front fender
    16600-16999 = Hood
    17005-17125 = Tools
    17248-17383 = Speedometer and tachometer
    17402-17666 = Windshield wiper and washer
    17700-17730 = Mirror
    17736-17999 = Bumper
    18000-18125 = Shock absorber
    18148-18249 = Comfort/convenience accessories
    18250-18699 = Heater
    18800 = Radio and antenna
    18900 = Speakers and radio accessories
    19000 = Gasoline
    19100 = Fire extinguishers
    19500-19585 = Custom accessories; appearance and maintenance materials
    19600-19980 = Air conditioner

    Interior and trim basic part numbers use seven digits; the first two identify the basic bodystyle (i.e. 61), with the last five identifying the specific part within a general body area.

    Interior or trim:
    01000 = Instrument Panel Area (Lower)
    02000 = Windlace
    03000 = Windshield
    04000 = Instrument Panel (Upper) and Visor Area
    06000 = Glove Compartment
    10000-12000 = Floor (Exterior)
    13000 = Floor (Interior)
    20000-27600 = Doors
    27700-30000 = Quarter Panel/Quarter Window
    40000-49999 = Hood, Rear Window, Trunk and Rear Valence
    50000-59999 = Top and Roof
    60000-69999 = Seats

    Subassembly parts or accessory kits may add an additional letter (starting with A, then B, then C, etc.) following the Hundreds digit (interior and trim) or Thousands digit (non-interior or trim) in the basic part number.

    Example: E1ZB-660045C90-B ('81 Mustang Turbo instrument cluster overlay subassembly)

    Suffix

    Single letter indicates specific application. Increases alphabetically (A, B, C, etc.) for each minor revision (same prefix and basic part number) and then double letters (AA, AB, AC, etc.) when all single letters are used.

    Three-letter code usually indicates color.
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  2. draggon13

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    Awesome info! I have always had to look in multiple places to get all of that, never in just one spot.
    Mods, any chance this can be placed on here with a sticky?

    rk
     
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    Good info. How about a link to the parts info?:)
     
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    Great info thanks for posting.
     
  5. CaptainComet

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    This is all the info that I found.

    I know it will be good for IDing some of the stuff out in the garage that I grabbed out of the salvage yards years ago thinking "maybe this will work" ... only to gather dust.:rolleyes:

    Time for a "garage sale" ... if it doesn't fit a car I own, it's gotta' go. (y)
     
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    rayzorsharp I "AM" a Maverick!

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    It may or may not help you with the stuff in the garage. Most of the numbers stamped into a Ford part is actually a "casting" number, not necessarily a part number. They look similar but are different. If there is a sticker or tag on the part, it's most likely a part number. You cannot order a part from Ford using the "casting" number unless the counter person is able to cross it over to a regular part number. Most good counterpeople can and will do it if the info is available to them. All the late model stuff is in their computer programs but it's getting hard to find a source with the old stuff unless it's maybe online somewhere. Most counterguys now don't even want to help you with anything in the 70's or older.
     
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    hmm...that sucks, I wanted to get the brazilian mounts with the parts numbers.
     
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    I used this today for ebay bid. Thanks (I think)
     
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    Great Info:thumbs2:
     
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    Shinysideup Chillin the most

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    Great info Jeff, thanks!
     
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    Good to have.
     
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    AWSOME!!!!:yahoo:
     
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    The numbers found cast, stamped or printed on a part are more accurately refered to as the "Engineering" numbers. :D
     
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