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can someone assist decoding this vin tag. the 9t number i can decode it is what is after that starting with the 4 i can not deciper please see the attachment
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thats not a VIN tag that is whats called a "buck tag" it was used by the factory as a sort of note pad for the trim level, body color, and stuff like that. a 69' should have a vin plate on the drivers side of the dash visible from outside the car through the windshield.

although, according to the vin on that buck tag, you have a 1969 (first digit) that was built in metuchen new jersey ( T ) coupe (third and fourth 01=coupe 02 fastback 03 convertible),
it originally had a 250 inline six ( L)
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vin plate is gone the only thing i have is the buck plate, thats for explaining what it is called.
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are you positive? There should definitely be a vin plate on the dash around where it would be on a new car, its a little tin plate that barely sticks up, if the bottom inch of your windshield is dirty you wont even see it.
If you have no vin plate then you are going to run into trouble trying to register the car.
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you should also be able to find the VIN on both shock towers. it's probably hidden by the fenders though.

you can get a new stamped door tag.
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thanks I have the vin number. i would like to figure out some of the other information that the vin tag (which is not on the door like it should be) all i have is this buck tag. the vin matches on the buck tag matches whats on the dash board so i am good there, but what does the other information tell me. Ie original color, rear end ratio etc...
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thanks I have the vin number. i would like to figure out some of the other information that the vin tag (which is not on the door like it should be) all i have is this buck tag. the vin matches on the buck tag matches whats on the dash board so i am good there, but what does the other information tell me. Ie original color, rear end ratio etc...
the tag on the dash is the official Vin plate. that is the one that counts.

the plate that goes on the door isnt technically the vin plate, the vin number is on it, but it has an extra character at the beginning or end i forget where. and it says on the tag "not for title or registration purposes"


I'm not sure if this is correct But.

ignoring the 446 in the top left. the first line is
Dealer (DSO) 14 would be pittsburgh 08G would be your production date, July 8th 65A is your trim level. which is a standard interior. I think the 2 would be the rear axle code which is a 2.75:1 ratio.
then you have your vin number, i'm not sure what 4 is but the next is obviously the paint color medium emerald

i dont know what RM or 3S would be.

you should be able to find a tag under one of the nuts holding the rear axle center unit in. and it would have specific information about the rear axle. the ratio is actually stamped right on the tag, not encoded.

look up Marti reports. there is a guy that owns all of fords records and he can send you a sheet with all of the info for the car from the vin number

Marti Auto Works - Marti Report
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446 - shift rotation number
14 - Pittsburgh district code
08G - build date July 8 1969
65A - 2 door hardtop standard interior
2 - 2.75 conventional rear axle
9 - 1969
T - Metuchen, NJ
01 - 2 door hardtop
L - 250 1v inline 6
212744 - consecutive build number
4 - Silver Jade paint
MED - medium
EMER - emerald
RM - rocker molding
3S - 3 speed automatic
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thanks gang that is exactly the info i was looking for. specifically the color because the car has been repainted (very poor paint job)
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