Chrysler RAM50/D50/Arrow 1979-1993 Repair Guide

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)

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The Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is located on a plate attached to the left front of the dash panel so it can be seen through the windshield when you stand beside the vehicle. All vehicle identification numbers on the 1979-80 models contain 13 digits. The letters and numbers in the VIN digits can be interpreted according to their positions in the sequence as follows:

  1. Truck line
  2.  
  3. Wheelbase and Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW)
  4.  
  5. Price class
  6.  
  7. Body code
  8.  
  9. Engine code
  10.  
  11. Model year
  12.  
  13. Transmission code
  14.  
  15. Trim code
  16.  
  17. Followed by a 5-digit sequential (serial) number
  18.  

On 1981-93 models, the VIN number contains 17 digits which are composed of letters and numbers and can be interpreted according to their positions in the sequence as follows:

  1. Manufacturing country
  2.  
  3. Make
  4.  
  5. Vehicle type
  6.  
  7. Type of seat belt system, weight class of truck/multi-purpose vehicle.
  8.  
  9. Vehicle line
  10.  
  11. Trim code/price class
  12.  
  13. Body type
  14.  
  15. Engine displacement
  16.  
  17. Check digit-a special letter or number code used to verify the serial number. This contains no useful information for the vehicle owner
  18.  
  19. Model year

    B = 1981
     
    C = 1982
     
    D = 1983
     
    E = 1984
     
    F = 1985
     
    G = 1986
     
    H = 1987
     
    J = 1988
     
    K = 1989
     
    L = 1990
     
    M = 1991
     
    N = 1992
     
    P = 1993
     

  20.  



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Fig. Fig. 1: The VIN is also located on the drivers door jam



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Fig. Fig. 2: The VIN number consists of 17 digits on models built after 1979



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Fig. Fig. 3: Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) plate coding-1981 model shown

  1. Plant where the vehicle was built.
  2.  
  3. On 1985 and earlier vehicles, the 12th digit represents the transmission code, followed by a 5-digit sequential (serial) number. For 1986 and all later vehicles, all 6 digits are the sequential number.
  4.  

 
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