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Ford XW GT Identification

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Falcon XW GT Identification

Ford Falcon XW GT
Ford Falcon XW GT
Holden Colour Codes A - L
Ford Colour Codes A - L
Holden Colour Codes M -Z
Ford Colour Codes M -Z

Identifying your XW GT:

  • Finding the ID Numbers and Plates:
  • The engine number is stamped on the front of the block behind the alternator
  • The engine number is also stamped on the passenger side front spring tower.
  • Manual cars started with the letters GL...
  • automatic cars start with the letters GJ...
  • All XW GT engine numbers ended in a "C"
  • Windsor XW's up to December 1969, had a single small ID plate on the driver's side of the radiator support panel
  • From January 1970, the ID plate changed to the larger format and was located on the passenger side of the upper section of the firewall.
  • Additionally, a large proportion of the January 1970 cars had their plates mounted sideways, this changed quickly and from February 1970 the plate was mounted in its normal upright position.
  • Decoding the Body Prefix Number:
    • Prior to 1971 Ford used a dual numbering system.
    • They had a V.I.N. (Vehicle Identification Number) - which was the same as the engine number - stamped on the front edge of the passenger side spring tower
    • The body prefix and serial number - which also corresponded to the numbers stamped on the I.D plate - stamped on the passenger side front of the radiator support panel.
    • From January 1971 onwards, Ford went to a one number system, whereby the body prefix and serial number, as it appeared on the Compliance Plate, was the same number stamped on the engine and spring tower, (which by this time had shifted from the front, to the side facing the passenger front guard).
  • Body prefix numbers of Australian produced cars:
    • JG33AB12345
    • J – identifies the country of production (Australia)
    • G – identifies the assembly plant (Broadmeadows)
    • 33 – identifies the model of car (Falcon GT Sedan)
    • A – identifies the year of production (See chart below for year and month codes)
    • B – identifies the month of production (See chart below for year and month codes)
    • 12345 – is a unique number identifying each vehicle
  • Date Codes:
Year Codes
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
1969
J
J
U
M
P
B
R
A
G
C
K
D
E
1970
K
L
Y
S
T
J
U
M
P
B
Y
A
G
  • Paint Codes:
    • K = Starlight Blue
    • R or 5 = Diamond White
    • G = Candy Apple Red
    • Y = Grecian Gold
    • M = Reef Green
    • Z or 8 = Silver Fox metallic
    • T = Track Red
    • S = Electric Blue
    • E = Polar White
    • F280 = Zircon Green
    • F289 = Surfer Orange
    • F117 = Brambles Red
    • F = Vintage Burgundy
    • B = Jet Black
    • V = Go Green
    • SPEC = Whatever You Like
  • Engine Codes:
    • T = 351 4V
    • H = 351 4V GTHO only
  • Transmission Codes:
    • L = Four speed manual
    • B = Floor shift automatic
  • Trim Codes:
    • B = Black XT onwards
    • K = Dark Saddle XW only
    • 2 = Cloth Inserts. This code followed the trim colour code eg B2 was black with cloth inserts
  • Model Code:
    • 18938 = XW GT
    • 18939 = XW GTHO
  • Production Numbers:
    • Built May 1969 - October 1970 = 2287 GT units
    • Built July 1969 - October 1970 = 662 GT HO units
    • 1969 GT 351 Windsor V8 = 1010 units
    • 1970 GT 351 Windsor V8 = 258 units
    • 1970 GT 351 Cleveland V8 = 1019 units
    • 1969 GT HO 351 Windsor V8 = 260 units
    • 1970 GT HO 351 Cleveland V8 = 402 units
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