Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: Tucson, Arizona
Re: vin decode and warranty no.
Hopefully I can get you what you want. One thing that was missing from your post is the paint code which would have been one or two letters depending on whether your car is two tone or not. Where do you live in the UK? OK, here's the decode, some of which was correct before: 3 = 1963 model year. J = Los Angeles, California assembly plant. 66 = 2 door hardtop fastback. Z = 390 cubic inch (6.4L) 4bbl carb, dual exhaust, 300 (gross) horsepower FE V8 engine. 183017 = consecutive unit number. 63B = Galaxie 500 bench seat 2 door hardtop fastback. 66 = Black vachette vinyl and crush vinyl interior upholstery and trim. 15G = 15 July 1963 scheduled for assembly date. 72 = San Jose, California district sales office from where the car was ordered. 2551 = Domestic Special Order number - the car was specially ordered, not just bought off the dealer's lot. Unfortunately, Ford threw away all of their records prior to 1967 model year so no further information on your special order car exsists unless you get lucky and find the build sheet. 1 = 3.00 Ford 9 inch non-limited slip axle. 4 = Cruise-O-Matic 3 speed automatic transmission. Hope this helps! If you find the exterior paint code(s) pass them along. Cheers!