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Ford Code Numbers
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I've been assembling Ford code numbers for some time. The attached spreadsheet has Buck Tag Codes, Data (Door) Plate Codes, VIN Codes, DSOs, Basic Part Numbers, and Date Codes.

The most difficult one to nail down are the buck tag codes, they can change from year to year, and be different from different assembly plants. This is still a work in progress and will likely change when and if I find more sources.

Edit: Updated spreadsheets 5/31/2019 (-V2)
Updated 9/24/2019 (V3), added two missing codes


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.xlsx   Ford Codes-V2.xlsx (Size: 52.49 KB / Downloads: 9)
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Great work Don! Thanks for doing it and sharing it with us. Chuck
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(05-29-2019, 05:10 PM)Don C Wrote: I've been assembling Ford code numbers for some time. The attached spreadsheet has Buck Tag Codes, Data (Door) Plate Codes, VIN Codes, DSOs, Basic Part Numbers, and Date Codes.

The most difficult one to nail down are the buck tag codes, they can change from year to year, and be different from different assembly plants. This is still a work in progress and will likely change when and if I find more sources.

Very nice, you did a great job on this Don, thanks for putting this together.

Tom
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Don,
Are you bored man, lol. Must be an accountant that loves spread sheets.
Since you are getting into this so deep here is a pic of my Buck Tag off my 73 Mach 1 with all the options. It is a 4 speed, AM / 8 track. Has all options but the block heater. Well you can't get all options on one car due to one eliminating another.
See if you see anything new there or different.
Are the two spread sheets the same just saved in a different format? Looked to be same to me.
My car would be a Dealer ordered car since I went in and ordered.
I also put a pic of a door tag off of a Special Order Paint & Trim non factory option car I have. I am sure you know about the 6 digit DSO code and they leave the paint code blank. There were no records kept for the Special Order cars they are long gone. Marti cannot tell anything either.
I have a hard copy of the Ford Corporate Acronym dictionary somewhere. I will keep and eye open for it. Might have some info in it also. About a 1/2" thick so lots of them for sure. You would think the Buck tag info would be in there.
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Thanks David, I'll see if all of your codes are in there.

Yes, same spreadsheet, just the different format. Some folks using older programs can't open the .xlsx.

I use a lot of spreadsheets in my line of work, still working part time. I am a civil engineer specializing in traffic engineering and transportation planning. I review and analyze huge amounts of data. Freight analysis data I get from the USDOT are thousands of lines of data, crash data from the states aren't as big, but when looking at crash data from places like Las Vegas they will run into a few thousand lines. So, I use a lot of formulas and sorting and filtering to extract what I need. The latest Excel spreadsheets can hold most of the data I use, used to have to start with Access to break it down into spreadsheet size.

If anyone has any codes that don't show up in the buck tag sheet, let me know and I'll see if I can track them down.



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A man who loves his spreadsheets Smile

Couple things I noticed - color 6 for '71 is called Bright Blue Metallic, same as '72 3J, both were Ford paint color 3077. Different paint chip books used various names - Medium Blue Poly, Acapulco Blu Poly etc. That's from other car lines.

3.50 open was available in '73 as code A


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Nice Job! FYI. in '71, the interior trim code for white vinyl was also 1W (off my buck tag.)
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Don, 

Some of these buck tag codes may need further explanation for our 71-73 cars, For example, on your list the "QM Quarter Molding"....

From my research and by reading what others have decoded and documented about buck tag data states "QM" refers to Quarter Molding. It is identified this way on the 302 Boss and a few other forums. On early years for coupe and verts QM may have referred to the chrome ornamental molding on the quarter panel behind the door.  71-73 cars don't have this ornamental quarter molding and it's not a designation for the rocker and wheel lip moldings which is identified as "RM" on Buck Tags I have seen. One of my 73 Vert's with rocker and wheel lip moldings has RM on the buck tag.

With all that said, my theory on 71-73 cars is that QM came to designate the Decor option moldings along the top of the rocker blackout since this required holes for the clips and deleted the rocker and wheel lip moldings, which required different holes. Why am I convinced of this, because after comparing various buck tags to invoices and/or Marti reports, I have seen a correlation where cars with the decor option (the blackout) had bucks with "QM" and also "BO". Whereas cars with the decor option (the blackout) and the decor body side tape stripe option (which meant the decor moldings were deleted), only have "BO" on the buck (no QM). My  73 vert is one of these, I have "BO" without "QM" and the invoice indicates Decor option with the body side tape stripe. This applies to Coupes, Verts, and Sportsroofs.

Furthermore, I have never seen a buck tag with "RM" and "QM" or "BO". Which makes sense because we know that this combination of options was not available.

I could be wrong. I will continue to look at more examples of buck tags with "BO" "QM" "RM" and match them up with their invoice or Marti reports to confirm my theory.

There was once a very comprehensive list available on the FIRST MUSTANG CLUB OF GERMANY 1964-73 e.V. 1965-66, but the link I saved does not work anymore. I have the list of buck tag code from it, if you would like a copy.

Buck Tag Decoder - FIRST MUSTANG CLUB OF GERMANY 1964-73 e.V. 1965-66 Buck Tag information 
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