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Technical '61 Ford Wagon Weird VIN Codes

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Single Fin, Dec 1, 2015.

  1. Single Fin
    Joined: Nov 7, 2015
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    Single Fin

    Hey gentlemen, I'm looking at a '61 Ford Wagon (Galaxie) in a wrecking yard in Washington. The VIN plate has odd codes I can't find. The Trans code is R and the Axle code is 0. Any ideas???
     
  2. Johnnee D.
    Joined: Aug 16, 2005
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    Canadian car?
     
  3. Those don't correspond to any standard Ford identifiers; maybe this was a special order/fleet car. Some government agencies bought some strange cars, I'd look at the plant/DSO info to see if this was a special. Does the rest of the data plate agree with what you see?
     
  4. 54monarch
    Joined: Feb 28, 2011
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    54monarch
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    from Calgary

    It would say Ford Motor company of Canada on the top of the Vin tag.
     

  5. Single Fin
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    Single Fin

    That was my first thought too so I checked. It's a US wagon...

    Everything else matches fine. I had someone else come out and look too. Same answer without being prompted.
     
  6. low budget
    Joined: Nov 15, 2006
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    low budget
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    from Central Ky

    Heres a favorite of mine, 61 wag, not actually mine but I sure do like it.
    [​IMG]
     
  7. Single Fin
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    Single Fin

    That was my first thought too so I checked. It's a US wagon...

    Everything else matches fine. I had someone else come out and look too. Same answer without being prompted.
     
  8. Single Fin
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    Single Fin

    That was my first thought too so I checked. It's a US wagon...

    Everything else matches fine. I had someone else come out and look too. Same answer without being prompted.
     
  9. I'm assuming the OEM motor/trans is gone.. is the rear axle still in it? Make sure it's a 9" and check the ratio, Ford did have a few other ratios generally not available in cars, and did offer a 'heavy duty' rear axle as an option (very rare; I've seen one...) with a Dana centersection.
     
  10. Single Fin
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    Single Fin

     
  11. Single Fin
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    Single Fin

    I'll go back Thursday and look. I'm close to finishing my '60 Sunliner and want to do a wagon. If it does have special options I'd find it more interesting to restore...

    I need to see what that R code is for the transmission means... LOL
     
  12. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
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  13. Type out the whole code and I'll look at it. Is the vin plate (driver's door jamb) original?
     
  14. Single Fin
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    Single Fin

     
  15. Single Fin
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    Single Fin

    Yes @bobss396 its the original plate. I'm tied up at work and will go get all the data Thursday and send it to you. I appreciate the help.
     
  16. spooler41
    Joined: Feb 25, 2007
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    FIN, the vin#'s you are looking for were not used until 1968. Prior to '68 vin# were
    nothing more than company S/N and identifiers. 1968 the government mandated that
    manufactures use ,the now universal "Vehicle Identification Number".

    .............................. Jack
     

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