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    How do you decode a vin plate?

    Hi guys

    Does anyone have a link to somewhere that tells you how to decode a mk2 rs2000 chassis plate - e.g, trim colour, type etc? I've seen it somewhere on here before but I cant find it now!

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    Re: How do you decode a vin plate?


    Chassis Plate (early type)
    Chassis Plate Codes for Escorts up to August 1970

    Vehicle Chassis Number Example: BB48HB54321

    All Possible Codes are:

    1st character, letter decodes as Source Company.
    B= Ford of Britain. or
    C= Ford of Britain- Affiliate company. or
    G=Ford of Germany

    2nd character, letter decodes as Assembly Plant
    B= Halewood. or
    F= Aveley. or
    C= Saarlouis. or
    K= Sidney.

    3rd & 4th characters, two numbers or number & letter decodes as body type.
    40= 2 door Standard saloon. or
    41= Super estate car. or
    42= 2 door De Luxe saloon. or
    43= De Luxe estate car. or
    44= 2 door Super saloon. or
    48= 2 door GT saloon. or
    49= Twin Cam saloon*, RS1600. or
    50= Standard van 6cwt. or
    51= De Luxe van 8cwt. or
    5A= Standard van 8cwt. or
    5D= 4 door De Luxe saloon. or
    5G= 4 door GT saloon. or
    5P= 4 door Super saloon. or
    5S= 4 door Standard saloon.
    * Very Early Twin Cams were built on Type 48 GT shells.

    5th character, letter decodes as year of manufacture.
    6th character, letter decodes as month of manufacture.
    1967= G
    - Jan= C or Feb= K or Mar= D or Apr= E or May= L or Jun= Y or
    Jul= S or Aug= T or Sep= J or Oct= U or Nov= M or Dec= P or
    1968= H
    - Jan= B or Feb= R or Mar= A or Apr= G or May= C or Jun= K or
    Jul= D or Aug= E or Sep= L or Oct= Y or Nov= S or Dec= T or
    1969= J
    - Jan= I or Feb= U or Mar= M or Apr= P or May= B or Jun= R or
    Jul= A or Aug= G or Sep= C or Oct= K or Nov= D or Dec= E or
    1970= K
    - Jan= L or Feb= Y or Mar= S or Apr= T or May= J or Jun= U or
    Jul= M or Aug= P

    7th to 11th characters, vehicle serial number, produced that month= 00001 - 99999

    Drive, codes: 1 or R = Right Hand Drive. - 2 or L = Left Hand Drive.

    Engine, codes: B= 1100cc HC or C= 1100cc LC or S= 1300cc HC or
    T= 1300cc LC or T= 1300cc GT or
    Z= 1558cc Twin Cam or V= 1601cc RS1600

    Transmission, codes: 1 or 5= Manual - 7= Automatic

    Axle, codes: 9= 3.77:1 or 2= 3.89:1 or B= 4.125:1 or C= 4.444:1




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    Chassis Plate (later type)

    Chassis Plate Codes for Escorts August 1970 onwards

    Vehicle Chassis Number Examples: Non RS - BBATMB54321 RS BFATNP54321

    All Possible Codes are:

    1st letter decodes as Source Company.
    B= Ford of Britain. or
    C= Ford of Britain- Affiliate company. or
    G=Ford of Germany

    2nd letter decodes as Assembly Plant
    B= Halewood. or
    F= Aveley. or
    C= Saarlouis. or
    K= Sidney.

    3rd letter decodes as Ford Model.
    A= Escort.

    4th letter decodes as Body Type.
    T= 2 door saloon. or
    D= Estate car. or
    V= Van. or
    F= 4 door saloon.

    5th character, letter decodes as year of manufacture.
    6th character, letter decodes as month of manufacture.
    1970= K
    - Aug= P or Sep= B or Oct= R or Nov= A or Dec= G or
    1971= L
    - Jan= C or Feb= K or Mar= D or Apr= E or May= L or Jun= Y or
    Jul= S or Aug= T or Sep= J or Oct= U or Nov= M or Dec= P or
    1972= M
    - Jan= B or Feb= R or Mar= A or Apr= G or May= C or Jun= K or
    Jul= D or Aug= E or Sep= L or Oct= Y or Nov= S or Dec= T or
    1973= N
    - Jan= J or Feb= U or Mar= M or Apr= P or May= B or Jun= R or
    Jul= A or Aug= G or Sep= C or Oct= K or Nov= D or Dec= E or
    1974= P
    - Jan= L or Feb= Y or Mar= S or Apr= T or May= I or Jun= U or
    Jul= M or Aug= P or Sep= B or Oct= R or Nov= A or Dec= G or
    1975= R
    - Jan= C

    7th to 11th characters, vehicle serial number, produced that month= 00001 - 99999

    Drive, codes: 1 or R = Right Hand Drive. - 2 or L = Left Hand Drive.

    Engine, codes: G2= 1100cc HC or G1= 1100cc LC or J2= 1300cc HC or
    J1= 1300cc LC or J3= 1300cc GT or L7= 1598cc Mexico or
    K6= 1558cc Twin Cam or L5= 1558cc RS1600 or NE= 1998cc RS2000

    Version, Codes: W= 1300E or G= GT or X= Mexico or
    L= Twin Cam* or C= RS1600 or Q= Sport or S= Standard
    P= XL or M= L or D= Base or Y= RS2000
    * Many 1972 year mexico's had version letter 'L', and had RS1600 washer bottle and engine bay bulkhead cut out

    Transmission, codes: 1 or 5= Manual - 7= Automatic

    Axle, codes: W= 3.77:1 or 2= 3.89:1 or B= 4.125:1 or C= 4.444:1 or Z= 3.54:1

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    Re: How do you decode a vin plate?

    fook typing all that out,

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    Re: How do you decode a vin plate?

    fook typing all that out,
    I am not that helpful

    Cut and paste mate ..............

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    Re: How do you decode a vin plate?

    from where

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    Re: How do you decode a vin plate?

    from where
    I think it may have been on here somewhere

    I copied them and saved them to a text file for later reference.....why do you think they are wrong ?

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    Re: How do you decode a vin plate?

    no just for reference if you had a URL or summat

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    Re: How do you decode a vin plate?

    Does this work for 1979 RS2000?

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    Re: How do you decode a vin plate?

    the decoder was mine with pictorial help from Mr Hoarder, but the sticky seem to be gone from here now, but here is the original PDF file

    just click and veiw or right click save YOU must have Adobe Acrobat readr intalled or download from www.adobe.com ITS FREE !!
    http://www.rs2000.plus.com/files/VINdec2.pdf

    Cheers
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    PS yes it work just the best for a MK2 that was my original intention
    Last edited by Banishit; 22-09-2006 at 10:03.

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    Re: How do you decode a vin plate?

    Quote Originally Posted by Trickster View Post
    Does this work for 1979 RS2000?
    Yes mate but the 5th and 6th build date letter codes you will need to get from somewhere. The Burton catalogue has the full matrix within the first few pages.

    It may be on their website www.burtonpower.co.uk

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    Re: How do you decode a vin plate?

    This is a helpful thread!!

    I have a GCAT V5 for my rs2000, going to get a vin plate made for it.

    Is the “Type” box for an RS2000 just GCAT?

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    Re: How do you decode a vin plate?

    No. Type will be "GATR".

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    Re: How do you decode a vin plate?

    Quote Originally Posted by Miniliteman View Post
    No. Type will be "GATR".
    That code makes no sense?
    A mk2 RS will / should have a GCAT prefix = Germany / Saarlouis / Escort / 2 Door Saloon.

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    Re: How do you decode a vin plate?

    Quote Originally Posted by Miniliteman View Post
    No. Type will be "GATR".
    Sorry Buddy, but this is incorrect. In the top left "Typ/Type" box, you can have GATR:
    G = Germany.
    A = Escort.
    T = 2 door.
    R = 1975.

    The long top right box "Fahrgestell/Vehicle No" is where you will find GCAT, followed by the rest of the additional numbers.

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    Re: How do you decode a vin plate?

    I found the CF article that indeed suggest the 4th letter is date. Mine was built 77, first reg 78 so in fact i think it's GATT actually.

    Cheers for everyone's help though.

    Is it normal just to have all the boxes on the vin plate complete? Including colour, trim, brakes, transmission, drive side etc?
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    Re: How do you decode a vin plate?

    I'm sure everyone has seen it but the CF article is here:

    https://www.classicfordmag.co.uk/wp-...te-decoder.pdf
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    Re: How do you decode a vin plate?

    Bit confused that it says type should have 5 letters and a number for an escort though...
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    Re: How do you decode a vin plate?

    Quote Originally Posted by Baron von Teuchter View Post
    Bit confused that it says type should have 5 letters and a number for an escort though...
    The PDF is pretty good, but has to cover a load of different cars.
    My RS only has 4 in the Type box, then the next box "Version" has an A in it. If I look on the PDF, there is no A for Escort.
    The next box over is where my GCAT number is.

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    Re: How do you decode a vin plate?

    Yeah i guessed that. I'm just going to use GATT

    Do you have something in the other boxes?
    Version (A)
    Drive (2)
    Engine (NE)
    Transmission (B)
    Axle (A)
    Colour (i need the code for black)
    Trim (?)
    Ref (?)
    Brakes (?)

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    Re: How do you decode a vin plate?

    Quote Originally Posted by Baron von Teuchter View Post
    Yeah i guessed that. I'm just going to use GATT

    Do you have something in the other boxes?
    Version (A)
    Drive (2)
    Engine (NE)
    Transmission (B)
    Axle (A)
    Colour (i need the code for black)
    Trim (?)
    Ref (?)
    Brakes (?)

    Cheers
    I have:
    Do you have something in the other boxes?
    Version (A)
    Drive (2)
    Engine (NE)
    Transmission (B)
    Axle (A)
    Colour (9)
    Trim (A7) Mines a Custom
    Ref (Blank)
    Brakes (Blank)

    I think Black is code A.

    Message me a WhatsApp number and I'll send you 2 documents I have. trying to attach them here is a nightmare.

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    Re: How do you decode a vin plate?

    In fact the fourth letter of the "Type" is referring to the homologation year.
    My car is from 1979 and still has GATR.

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    Re: How do you decode a vin plate?

    Quote Originally Posted by dt36 View Post
    Sorry Buddy, but this is incorrect. In the top left "Typ/Type" box, you can have GATR:
    G = Germany.
    A = Escort.
    T = 2 door.
    R = 1975.

    The long top right box "Fahrgestell/Vehicle No" is where you will find GCAT, followed by the rest of the additional numbers.
    Apologies - quite right! Didn't appreciate the difference between type / Chassis #. Strange having essentially same info, bar the date addition as different code and next to each other!

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    Re: How do you decode a vin plate?

    Ahhh so does everyone have GATR for a mk2 rs2000, regardless of year?
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    Re: How do you decode a vin plate?

    Quote Originally Posted by dt36 View Post
    I have:
    Do you have something in the other boxes?
    Version (A)
    Drive (2)
    Engine (NE)
    Transmission (B)
    Axle (A)
    Colour (9)
    Trim (A7) Mines a Custom
    Ref (Blank)
    Brakes (Blank)

    I think Black is code A.

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    Re: How do you decode a vin plate?

    Quote Originally Posted by Miniliteman View Post
    In fact the fourth letter of the "Type" is referring to the homologation year.
    My car is from 1979 and still has GATR.
    Exactly the same as mine. Mine is a 79 RS and also has GATR in the Type box.
    I did think that maybe mine was stamped incorrectly, but the homologation year makes sense. :-)

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    Really helpful lads, thank you
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    Re: How do you decode a vin plate?

    Quote Originally Posted by dt36 View Post
    Exactly the same as mine. Mine is a 79 RS and also has GATR in the Type box.
    I did think that maybe mine was stamped incorrectly, but the homologation year makes sense. :-)
    Ditto - didn't believe it myself so checked my own plate!
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    Re: How do you decode a vin plate?

    the colour plate has a 'Q' in the code which denotes Special Options

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