Decoding Ford Casting Numbers

Ford had a cool cast / part number system that make identifying parts easy. The first letter of any cast or part number is a letter designation for the decade. A = 1940s, B = 1950s, C = 1960s, D = 1970s, and E = 1980s. The second is a number for the year and the third is a letter code for the model. If the part number starts with C3A, then you know it is for a 1963 full size Ford. Another example is D5T which is 1975 truck. The model codes in the 1960s are as follows:

A = Full size Ford Galaxie or general Ford part that fits all models

D = Falcon

G = Comet, Montego, Cyclone

J = Marine & Industrial

K = Edsel

M = Mercury

O = Torino, Fairlane

S = Thunderbird

T = Truck

V = Lincoln

W = Cougar

Z = Mustang

This snippet of information is direct from Dave’s book “Classic American Car Parts”  get more great part picking information like this and learn to run an eBay business selling classic car parts by buying the book today.

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