How To Decode Ford Part Numbers

Decoding Ford Motor Company Part Numbers

Decoding Ford Motor Company Part Numbers

Ford Part Numbers (other than hardware parts) are coded in two basic ways:

  1. Parts originating from the USA have a four character prefix (C4GY), a four or five digit part number, ( 1130 ) and a one-letter suffix.( C ) . Example: C4GY-1130-C      (Front Hub Cap on XRT GT and XWY GS Falcons)Australian numbers that start with AR and then the USA number following, usually means the part has been modified or change in some way for Australian Requirements.Example: ARC6DR 3504 C      (Steering Box on XRT GT Falcons)Part numbers that start with XW , XA or similar , are generally parts made for Australian Models only. 
  2. Many body-style specific sheet metal, body, interior and trim parts use seven digits in the part number, the first two of which identify the basic body type application, with the last five (“Body Group”) identifying the specific part within a general body area. A three-letter suffix may be used, usually to indicate color.Example: AR C6DZ   54   454A56   B01  ( Boot Mat XR – XT Falcon Black )So , this part number reads as follows.AR – Australian RequirementsC   – Decade of the 60’s6    – Year number 6 ( 1966 )D   – FalconZ    – Ford Service Part54   – Body style 4 Door

    454A856  – Back Group ( Luggage Compartment )

    B01  – Black


Note: Part numbers used for ordering and inventory purposes, and marked on parts boxes, tags and labels should not be confused with engineering or casting numbers (normally stamped on or cast in the part for identification during the manufacturing process). They are not interchangeable — however all follow the same general rules, so these charts may be used to provide approximate interpretations of all types of these markings.


Ford Part Number Codes:

Decoding Ford Part Numbers

  • Decade

A = 1940’s (often omitted)
B = 1950’s
C = 1960’s
D = 1970’s
E = 1980’s
F = 1990’s

  • Year

Last digit of year of introduction or revision

  • Vehicle Type / Model

A = Ford (Generic) / Galaxie
B = Bronco (1970-73)
       Maverick (1975-77)
       Fairmont (1978-83)
C = Remanufactured Parts (1966-75)
       Elite (1975)
       Capri (1979-up)
D = Falcon (1960-69)
       Maverick (1970-74)
       Granada (1975-82)
       LTD (1983-up)
E = Truck (Cab over Engine) (1970-73)
       Pinto (1976-80)
       Escort (1981-up)
F = Foreign / Trans Am Racing
G = Comet (1961-67)
       Montego (1968-76)
       EXP (1982-up)
H = Holman/Moody HiPo Part
       Heavy Truck (1966-82)
       Medium Heavy Truck (1983-up)
J = Industrial
K = Edsel (1958-60)
       Tilt Cab (1970-73)
       Comet (1975-77)
       Zephyr (1978-83)
       Marquis (1983-up)
L = Lincoln
M = Mercury
N = Tractor
O = Fairlane
       Torino (1969-76)
       LTD II (1977-79)
       LN7 (1982-83)
P = Autolite (Later Motorcraft)
R = Rotunda (Generic)(1962-69)
       Ford of Europe (1970-up)
S = Thunderbird
T = Truck (1958-65)
       Light/Medium Truck (1966-82)
       Bronco (1966-82, Except 1970-73)
       Light Truck & Bronco I (1983-up)
U = Econoline/Club Wagon Van
V = Lincoln
W = Cougar (1967-80)
       XR7 (1981-82)
       Cougar (1983-up)
X = Truck (Short Highway) (1970-73)
Y = Meteor (Canada) (1962-72)
       Bobcat (1975-80)
       Lynx (1981-up)
Z = Mustang
2 = Pinto (1972-75)
3 = Tempo (1984-up)
4 = Comet (1971-74)
       Monarch (1975-80)
       Cougar (1981-82)
       Marquis (1983-up)
5 = Recreation Vehicles (1974-75)
       Continental (1982-up)
6 = Pantera (1971-75)
       Topaz (1984-up)
7 = Courier (1971-82)
       Ranger/Bronco II (1983-up); Explorer (1991-up)
8 = Capri (U.S. Parts) (1972-75)
9 = Turbine Engine Parts (1970-75)

  • Engineering Group 

A = Light Truck Engineering Division
B = Body and Electrical Product Division
C = Chassis
D = Overseas Product Engineering
E = Engine
F = General Parts/Electrical and Electronics Division
H = Climate Control (1972-up)
J = Autolite/Ford Parts & Service Division
L = Industrial Engine Parts & Service
M = Performance/Special Vehicle Operations (Incl Holman Moody)
N = Tractor Parts
P = Auto Transmission
R = Manual Transmission
S = Light & Heavy Truck Special Order Parts
T = Heavy Truck Engineering
U = Special Vehicle Operations
W = Axle and Driveshaft
X = Emissions, Economy and Special Vehicle Engineering (Muscle Car Parts)
Y = Lincoln/Mercury Service Parts
Z = Ford Service Parts


Ford Motor Company Regular Part Numbers

Basic Part Number:

1000-1250 = Wheels, hubs and drums
1350-1499 = Spare wheel carrier
2001-2285 = Brakes (service)
2307-2438 = Brakes (power)
2442-2482 = Brake controls
2505-2900 = Brakes (parking)
3000-3359 = Front suspension and steering linkage
3500-3764 = Steering gear
4000-4296 = Rear axle
4600-4859 = Drive shaft
5000-5176 = Frame
5200-5299 = Muffler & exhaust pipe
5300-5499 = Front spring and stabilizer
5550-5832 = Rear spring
6000-6898 = Engine
6905-6968 = Transmission overdrive and engine steady rest
7000-7997 = Transmission (Automatic or Manual) and Clutch
8000-8499 = Radiator and grille
8500-8689 = Water pump and fan
9002-9296 = Fuel tank
9301-9420 = Fuel Pump
9421-9499 = Manifolds, clamps, etc.
9500-9599 = Carburetor
9600-9699 = Air cleaner
9700-9999 = Accelerator and choke control rods
10000-10449 = Generator and Alternator
10500-10653 = Voltage regulator
10654-10756 = Battery
10838-10990 = Instruments
11000-11382 = Starter motor
11450-11688 = Lighting and ignition switch
12000-12390 = Ignition coil, distributor, condenser
12402-12425 = Spark plugs
13002-13248 = Lamps (head and parking)
13402-13796 = Lamps (rear)
13809-13853 = Lamps (license & pillar) & horn
14197-14689 = Wiring
15000-15858 = Miscellaneous accessories
16000-16550 = Front fender
16600-16999 = Hood
17005-17125 = Tools
17248-17383 = Speedometer & tachometer
17402-17666 = Windshield wiper & washer
17700-17730 = Mirror
17736-17999 = Bumper
18000-18125 = Shock absorber
18148-18249 = Comfort-Convenience Accessories
18250-18699 = Heater
18800 = Radio & Antenna
18900 = Speakers and radio accessories
19000 = Gasoline
19100 = Fire Extinguishers
19500-19585 = Custom Accessories; Appearance and maintenance materials
19600-19980 = Air Conditioner

Note: Subassembly parts or accessory kits may add an additional letter (starting with “A”, then “B”, and so on) following the Thousands digit in the part number identifier. Thus, we have a 351 4V  LH exhaust manifold with part number “D0AZ -9431-B”, while the accompanying LH exhaust manifold ( Extactor ) for an XY GTHO  would be “XY – 9B431 – A” for the front section and “XY – 9C431 – A” for the rear section.


Ford Motor Company Body, Interior & Trim Parts

  • Body Type

53 = Lincoln
54 = Falcon / Fairlane
57 = 
60 = Ford
62 = 2-Door Sedan/Coupe Early
63 = 2-Door Hardtop (Mustang Fastback)
65 = 2-Door Hardtop 
66 = Ute
71 = Wagon
78 = Van
81 = Truck
83 = Truck
87 = Truck
89 = E100
91-99 = Bronco

  • Body Group

00000-09999 = Front End Group:
  01000 = Instrument Panel Area (Lower)
  02000 = Windlace
  03000 = Windshield
  04000 = Instrument Panel (Upper) and Visor Area
  06000 = Glove Compartment
10000-19999 = Floor Group
  10000-12000 = Floor (Exterior)
  13000 = Floor (Interior)
20000-39999 = Side Assembly Group
  20000-27600 = Doors
  27700-30000 = Quarter Panel/Quarter Window
40000-49999 = Back Group
  (Rear Window, Trunk & Rear Valence)
50000-59999 = Top and Roof Group
60000-69999 = Seat Group

  • Change

Single letter indicates specific application. Three-letter code usually indicates colour.

Note: As above, subassembly parts or accessory kits may add an additional letter, in this case following the Hundreds digit of the part number identifier. Thus the Australian 1966 Falcon Boot Mat (Black) features Ford part number “ARC6DZ 54    454A56    B01”

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