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Ford Vehicle Certification Label
(Door Tag or VCL)



How To Tell How Your Car is Equipped

There is a small metal tag that is mounted inside of the front-passenger door.  This tag, known as a Vehicle Certification Label, contains a lot of information about how your car is built and equipped.  Diagram 1 below shows what a typical VCL for a 93-97 PI might look like.


There are several code fields on a VCL.  It makes it easier to remember that there are codes that are above and below the horizontal dividing line.  The two character code on the left side of the tag, and above the dividing line, designates the body paint color code.  The codes on the right side, and above the dividing line, are District codes that designate where the car was built, and special order codes.

The codes below the dividing line, from left to right, are as follows:

BODY = Body Type
MLDG = Moulding Color/Type
INT TRIM = Interior Trim (Seat Type/Color)
Tape = Tape Trim Type
R = Radio Type
S = Sun Roof or Roof Sliding Panels Type (N/A on a PI)
AX = Axle Type (Ratio and locked/unlocked)
TR = Transmission type and suspension spring type

The following are the known (at least by me) codes for each of these fields:

Body Color:

DZ = Light Saddle
FG = Medium Berry Metallic
FL = Toreador Red
HB = Ivory
LD = Medium Wedgewood Blue
LL = Dark Wedgewood Blue
SL = Light Willow Metallic
SH = Medium Willow Metallic
TS = Silver Frost
TR = Medium Graphite
UA = Ebony Black
WT = Performance While

Body Code:

FC = Police Interceptor (P71)
BA4 = P72 Fleet Car or P73 Basic CV
LX4 = LX Model CV

Moulding:  Should always be CC for color coded to exterior paint color.

Interior Trim (First Part = Seat Type):

K or M= Cloth K-Split Bench
C = Leather K-Split Bench
E = Vinyl K-Split Bench
H = Cloth Bucket
I = Cloth/Vinyl Bucket

Interior Trim (Second Part = Interior Color):

C = Currant
N = Cordovan
G = Willow
L = Willow and Ivory
P = Portofino
S = Saddle
X = Oxford White and Light Graphite
2 = Light Graphite
M = Portofino and Light Graphite

Tape Trim Type: N/A

Radio Type:

6 = AM/FM/MPX, Electronic Premium Cassette
F = AM/FM Stereo, Electronic
H = AM/FM Stereo/Cassette, Electronic
L = Luxury Radio AM/FM Stereo/Cassette
2 = Radio Delete

Sun Roof/Sliding Panel Codes (N/A on a PI):

B = Sliding
C = Removeable

Axle Ratio:

8 = 2.73:1
Z = 3.08:1
5 = 3.27:1 (Unlocked)
E = 3.27:1 (Locked)

Transmission Type:

U = Automatic Overdrive, 4R70W (Standard on all CVs)
X = Automatic Overdrive 4-Speed, AX4N

Suspension Spring Type (This is a four character code.  The letters represent, in order, left-front, right-front, left-rear, and right-rear):

Front Spring Codes (Part Number and Catch Word):

2 = F4AC-AA/AFD
3 = F4AC-BA/BOS
4 = F4AC-CA/CKV
5 = F4AC-DA/DHL
6 = F4AC-EA/TERM
7 = F4AC-FA/FPK
N = F4AC-ANA/NUL

Rear Spring Codes (Part Number and Catch Word):

E = D9AC-AEA/TOW
J = F4AC-AA/ARP
K = F4AC-BA/BKM
L = F4AC-CA/CWT
X = DZAB-DA/HDS
Z = DZAB-CA/AIR
C = F6AC-C/CMG
D = F6AC-D/DSJ

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