Ford Thunderbird/Cougar 1983-1997 Repair Guide



See Figure 1

The serial number contains seventeen or more digits or letters. The first three give the world manufacturer code. The fourth is the type of restraint system. The fifth will remain the letter P. The sixth and seventh are the car line, series and body type. The eighth is the engine type. The ninth is a check digit. The tenth is the model year. The eleventh is the assembly plant. The last 6 digits of the vehicle identification number indicates the consecutive unit number of each unit built at each assembly plant. The consecutive unit numbers begin as follows: 100 001 through 600 000: Ford division vehicles, 600 001 through 999 999: Lincoln/Mercury division vehicles.

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Fig. Fig. 1: This 17 digit VIN is visible through the driver's side windshield

There are two locations of the vehicle identification number. One is on the driver's door jam. This label also has many other codes; so be sure to specifically find the word VIN on the tag. The other location of the identification number is on the lower left driver's side dash. As you look through the windshield, there is a long thin tag with the VIN number stamped on it.