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Old 09-21-2009, 09:02 PM
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Getting ready to sign up for the T-Bird registry, have a couple of questions on my plate that has the vin and other numbers. Body= 76A, color H, trim 54, date 26B, trans 4 and axle 3. I know the car is a convertible , color is beachwood beige and the interior is light/dark beige. How about the date code and trans and axle codes? Thanks for the help....
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Old 09-21-2009, 09:30 PM
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the 4 means a CruiseOMatic transmission
the 1 means a 3.10 : 1 rear end ratio

On the date, the 26B means the 26th day of the Bth production month for 1960s. I believe that B refers to February . This is the scheduled day of production for the car and probably differs from the actual day of production (see old posts from last summer - much discussion of that distinction)

What I wish I had a link to at this moment was the months of 1960 production as I don't want to give you the impression that Feb was the second month of production just because they used the second letter in the alphabet. Rather, production of 1960s began back in the Fall of 1959.

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Old 09-21-2009, 10:08 PM
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Hey Guys, I looked in the Catalog of Thunderbird ID Numbers and got kinda confused when I looked at the 1960 bird page as it shows monthly letters for year one and year two. I have inserted a pic of the page out of the book 4U2C. Granted it is my understanding that '60 birds were rolling off the line in '59, but look at the letter B. It codes to February in the First year. This doesn't make sense if '59 would have been the first year of production. Then again if '60 was the first year, does this imply that '61 was the second year of production? I don't get it???

I see in the Catalog for years '61, '62 and later it denotes the same 1st and 2nd year production monthly codes. However in '58 and '59 it shows just the 1st year production letter codes.
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The first month of production for the 1960 Tbird was September 1959 on the 8th. That makes it a date code of 8J for September 8th, 1959. The production continued through the rest of 1959, into 1960, up until September 9th, 1960.. So the first full year was from September 8th, 1959 until August, 1960. Hence they used J = Sept., K = Oct., L = Nov., M = Dec., Jan. 1960 = A, Feb., = B and so on through August = H. This was the first year of production and that is the letter series to use for that first year. NOW, comes September of 1960, and they are still producing 1960 Tbirds until September 9th, 1960. Soooo, they had to use W = September, 1960, the letter for the second year month of September. Though they stopped production on the 9th of September, they still had cars slated for production up until the 13th. Rather than change the data plates, which were already produced, they produced some of those cars that were scheduled through the 13th. Hence, Greg Prince's last Squarebird off the line has a 13W Date on it...

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