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In the 70s, truck model designations offered a lot of information about the truck.

Each Model had TWO parts

a letter and a number

Here are the designators:

B = Vans and Wagons

C = Front Section Vehicle

D = Conventional Cab

P = Forward control Chassis

S = School Bus

M = Motor Home
 

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ELEMENT 1:

The letter tells us what type of truck you have - for example:

D = 2WD

W = 4WD

B = Vans and Wagons

AD = Two wheel drive sport utility

AW = Four wheel drive sport utility

M = Motorhome
 

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the 2nd part of the model designation is the NUMBER

the Number indicates the GVW range of that model

For example, a D 200 has a higher range GVW than a D 100
 

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Here are the Element number break downs:

B1 = B100

B2 = B200

B3 = B300

C3 - C300

C4 - C400

D1 = D100

D2 = D200

D3 = D300

D4 = D400

D5 = D500

D6 = D600

D7 = D700

D8 = D800

F3 = B300

F4 = MB400

M3 = M300

M4 = M400

M5 = M500

M6 = M600

P3 = P300

S6 = S600

S7 = S700

W1 = W100

W2 - W200

W3 = W300

W4 = W400

W6 = W600

X3 = WM300
 

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Element 2

0 = Forward Control and Motor Home Chassis, Incomplete Chassis, CB300 Caravan, CB400 Caravan, Sport Utility truck type vehicles

1 = Tradesman Van, Conventional Cab and Chassis

2 = Sportsman, Crew Cab and Chassis, CB300 Cab and Chassis (and Step Van in Canada ONLY)

3 = Conventional Cab w/ Utiline, MB3 Low Line

4 = Conventional Cab w/ Sweptline, MB3 Hi Line, Chassis, Cab Tractor

5 = Tradesman Maxi Van, Crew Cab w/ Utiline

6 = Sportsman MAXI Wagon, Crew Cab w/ Sweptline

B = Windshield Cowl, Club Cab
 

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Element 3: GVW Class

numbers are in pounds

A = 6,000 or less

B = 6,001 - 10,000

C = 10,001 - 14,000

D = 14,001 - 16,000

E = 16,001 - 19,500

F = 19,501 - 26,000

G = 26,001 - 33,000

X = Non Certified Export
 

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Element 4: Engine Type

GAS ENGINES:

A - 440-3

B - 225-1

C - 225-2

D - 440-1

E - 318-1

F - 360 1 or 2 barrel

F - 318-3

J - 400-1

K - 360-3

M - 361-4

R - 413-3

X - Special 6

Y - Special 6



DIESEL / CUMMINS ENGINES:

8 NH 230

L SHC 270
 

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ELEMENT 5: Year Built

5 = "5" Series or 1975

6 = "6" Series or 1976

7 = "7" Series or 1977

8 = "8" Series or 1978

9 = "9" Series or 1979
 

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Element 6: Assembly Plant

J = Windsor Truck Plant, Tecumsech Rd, Canada

K = Windsor (Compact), Ontario, Canada

N = Burt Road (KDX) Michigan

S = Warren Plant #1, Warren, MI

V = Warren Plant #3, Pillette Road Truck, MI

X = Missouri Truck, Missouri
 

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ELEMENT 7: Sequential Serial Number

that last series of numbers is the Plant Sequential Serial number

For Example, if the PICKUP Truck VIN reads:

D13BD7S13445

the 13455 is the Plant Sequence number


and Example for a Van would be:

B12AB7V100001

In this example, the break down would be:

B1 = Van or Wagon

2 = Sportsman

A = 6000 lbs or less

B = 225-1 engine

7 = built in 1977

V = Warren Truck #3 plant

and the 1000001 is the sequence number

(and the next one would be 1000002, 1000003, 1000004 etc ...)

Hope this helps
 

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The 'C' designation for the front section van wasn't used until after the low cab forward models were discontinued in the 1975 model year. And when it was used, it was for the commercial use front sections only. The motor home front sections used the 'F' designation starting with the 1976 model year.
Also, the Plymouth Voyager and Plymouth Trail Dusters used letters instead of numbers for their gvw ranges. They were known as PB100, PB200 and PB300 for the vans, PD100 for the two wheel drive Trail Dusters and PW100 for the four wheel drive Trail Dusters.
The element number breakdowns would be BA for the PB100, BB for the PB200, BC for the PB300, EA for the PD100 and AA for the PW100.
Also, your element number breakdown didn't include the two wheel drive Ramchargers(AD100) which was an E1 or the four wheel drive Ramchargers(AW100)which was an A1.
The Lil Red Express had its own special engine which was coded 'S'. All Lil Reds began their VIN's with D13JS.
The 360 4bbl engines had a 'T' engine designation. Chrysler also offered Perkins and Detroit Diesels as well during some of the seventies.
I hope this helps out.
 

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thanks

that was some general info, I did make some separate posts with more specific info, like for the LRE

but I appreciate your info
 
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