1997 Ford F-150 4.6L, Vin6 or vinW?

Tiny
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1997 Ford F150 V8 Automatic 221000 miles

How do you tell which 4.6L I have? Vin 6 or vin W Vehicle ID is 1FTDX18W6VKC57347 When ordering a part online they wanted to know. Thanks in advance.
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Friday, November 7th, 2008 AT 12:28 PM

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Tiny
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Hello --

The information you requested

Vehicle Identification Number


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The Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is a seventeen digit combination of letters and numbers. The VIN is stamped on a metal tab riveted to the instrument panel where it can be read through the windshield on the driver side. The VIN is repeated on the Vehicle Certification (VC) label. See: Vehicle Certification Label


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The first two Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) position codes indicate:

1F - Ford Motor Company, USA.
2F - Ford Motor Company of Canada, Ltd.
3F - Ford Motor Company of Mexico.

The third VIN position code is for the vehicle type:

T - Completed vehicle.


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The fourth VIN position is for the brake system and the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) class. All brake systems are hydraulic. The codes are:

A - Less than 3,000 pounds.
B - 3,001 to 4,000 pounds.
C - 4,001 to 5,O00 pounds.
D - 5,001 to 6,000 pounds.
E - 6,001 to 7,000 pounds.
F - 7,001 to 8,000 pounds.


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The fifth, sixth, and seventh VIN positions are the codes for the model or line, series, chassis and cab or body type.

The (A) cab type codes are:

F - Regular cab.
X - SuperCab.

The (B) series and box type codes are:

07 - Flareside 4x2.
08 - Flareside 4x4.
17 - Styleside 4x2.
18 - Styleside 4x4.
27 - Styleside 4x2.
28 - Styleside 4x4.


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The eighth VIN position is for the engine displacement and number of cylinders. The codes are:

2 - 4.2L (256 cu. in.) OHV V6 gasoline, Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI).
W - 4.6L (280 cu.in.) SOHC V8 gasoline, EFI, Romeo Plant.
6 - 4.6L (280 cu.in.) SOHC V8 gasoline, EFI, Windsor Plant.
9 - 4.6L (280 cu.in.) SOHC V8 natural gas.
L - 5.4L SOHC V8 gasoline.
M - 5.4L SOHC V8 natural gas.


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The ninth VIN position is a check digit. The check digit for the 1997 model year may be any digit from 0 to 9.


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The tenth VIN position is the code for the model year. The codes are:

V - 1997.
W - 1998.
X - 1999.
Y - 2000.
1 - 2001.
2 - 2002.


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The eleventh VIN position is the code for the assembly plant. The codes are:

C - Ontario Truck; Oakville, Ontario, Canada.
K - Kansas City; Claycomo, Missouri.
L - Michigan Truck; Wayne, Michigan.
N - Norfolk; Norfolk, Virginia.


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The last six VIN positions are an alphanumeric code for the build sequence. This is also the serial and warranty number. The first vehicle built would be A00001 and the next would be A00002. After A99999, the next number would be B00001.
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Saturday, November 8th, 2008 AT 12:28 AM
Tiny
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Thanks for the explanation of the Vin no. You answered my question and then some.
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Saturday, November 8th, 2008 AT 6:54 AM
Tiny
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Hello -

You are welcome - please ensure if you do ask auto questions in the future you inlcude all that data.

Many folks do not. They say I have a 1996 Chevy Pickup V8. There are numerous Chevy pick ups, 1500, 2500, 2WD, 4WD, cab, extended cab etc, then just as many V8s. Then with the V8 the engine VIN (8th digit) is on that.

Glad to help
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