I'm a newbie to this Forum & a great mind of infomation it is to me. I live in England U.K & own an export from new to the U.K 1964 Galaxie 500XL 390V8. Can anybody help me with the decoding of the vin, cant find any info anywhere on this.
23 7 0
1 5 9
1WW 641 JC R
012039 463C L
This is exactly how it looks on the vin plate.
P.S forgot to mention the car has now been fully restored awaiting the British summertime for cruising
Thanks guys , this has been buging me for some time now. Funny thing is this car was not a general export it was a special order export , i have managed to work out some of the codes & i may be clutching at straws hear or miss reading the information but it seams to say that it was a 427 R code with 4 speed manual & built in the Philadelphia plant allthough it is now equiped with a period FE 390 & cruiso. & hear is the killer , the only U.K history i can find is that it was circuit raced from new 1964 to 68 then laid up untill 1975 when the guy i bought it of 2 years ago fully restored it. I will just have to keep digging.
I have managed to de code some of the info as follows.
1WW = 1 SOLID COLOUR, WW = WIMBLEDON WHITE
641 = RED VINYL
JC = 390 CID 8CYL 4V DUAL RANGE AUTO
R = ?
012039 = I'M GUESSING THAT THIS IS THE CONSECUTIVE SERIAL NUMBER
4 = 8 CYL
63C = GALAXIE 500XL 2 DOOR FAST BACK
L = LEFT HAND DRIVE
IM NOT SURE WHAT THE OTHER DATA TRANSLATES INTO, MAY BE BUILD DATE AND BUILD LOCATION
THERE SHOULD ALSO BE A ENGINE NUMBER STAMPED ONTO THE ENGINE BLOCK JUST BELOW THE LEFT HEAD (LOOKING AT THE CAR FROM THE FRONT) MAY BE "RJL ####"?
This shows the Canadian "warranty" plate info for '63 which is similar. I'm thinking the R may stand for an axle code. Usually lettered axles are limited slip units. Just a guess at this point.
No 427 cars were built in Canada. Stu