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1956 Ford Thunderbird VIN # XXXXX From this, can you ...

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1956 Ford Thunderbird VIN # XXXXX : From this, can you tell where this car was shipped to from Ford? Is there anyway to find out where the car was shipped to and/ or get historical info on the car? Thanks!!
Submitted: 11 years ago.
Category: Ford
Customer: replied 11 years ago.
Relist: I still need help.
The same question, no one has responded. My first experience with JUSTANSWER has been a disappointment at this point.
Expert:  Duke350 replied 11 years ago.
This is what I come up with. Your car would be a 1956 made in Dearborn Mich.
P Position #1 is the Engine

6 Position #2 is the Year

3 = 1953, 4
= 1954, 5 = 1955,

6 =
1956, 7 = 1957, 8 = 1958, 9 = 1959

F Position #3 is the
Assembly Plant Identification

A = Atlanta, Georgia

B = Buffalo, New York

C = Chester,

D = Dallas, Texas

E = Edgewater, New
Jersey (1953 - mid-1955)

E = Mahwah, New Jersey
(beginning in mid-1955)

F = Dearborn Michigan

G = Chicago, Illinois

H = Highland Park,

J = Los Angeles,

K = Kansas City,

L = Long Beach,

M = Memphis, Tennessee

N = Norfolk, Virginia

P = St. Paul, Minnesota

R = Richmond, Virginia

R = San Jose, California
(1955 and later)

S = Somerville,
Massachusetts (through March 16, 1958)

S = Allen Park, Michigan
Pilot Plant (starting in 1959)

U = Louisville, Kentucky

Y = Wixom, Michigan

H Position #4 is the Body
Series Code Identification

298445 Positions #5 through #10 are the
Consecutive Unit Number

Consecutive Unit Numbers begin at 100001
for Ford cars, 400001 for Lincoln cars, 500001 for Mercury cars, and
700001 for Edsel cars at each assembly plant (where those cars were
produced). This number represents the
scheduled sequence order. When a car was ordered, it was immediately
assigned a VIN with a Consecutive Unit Number. It was then assigned a
scheduled production date based on availability of trim, parts, other
components, and taking into account downtime and production workloads at
the assembly plant.

A scheduled production date was very often out of sequence with the
Consecutive Unit Number. And more often than not, the actual production
date (the day the car rolled off the line) was earlier or later than what
was originally planned. Therefore, a Thunderbird with a Consecutive Unit
Number of 105678 may have actually been produced and ready for shipping
before a Thunderbird with a Consecutive Unit Number of 105432. The
Consecutive Unit Number should be considered to be a unique identification
that shows when the order was received and when it was planned for

Customer: replied 11 years ago.
Reply to Duke350's Post: I read that same info yesterday on the internet after I did not hear from ya'll. The other part of my question was how to determine where 1st shipped & other historical info on the car.
Expert:  Duke350 replied 11 years ago.
Yes, there are ways, but being with the age of the car and the record keeping or the era, I am not sure they would be so accurate. It takes LOTS of time and effort to get it figured out. About the best I can do for you on this is to suggest you get involved with one of, if not more, classic ford clubs. I know this isn't the answer you are looking for, but it takes lots of networking to get it figured out. The first thing I would do is contact Ford themselves and see if there is anything they can do to help you. I can get you the contact information of thier public relations dept. if you would like.

Customer: replied 11 years ago.
Reply to Duke350's Post: Yes, I would like the FoMoCo info & then I will ACCEPT. THANKS!!
Expert:  Duke350 replied 11 years ago.
This is what I have on file for ford for now. If it helps you then thats great, but if I can do anything else to help you out please let me know. Thanks.

Phone(NNN) NNN-NNNNbr>800-232-5952 (TDD for the Hearing Impaired)

Ford Motor Company
Customer Relationship Center
P.O. Box 6248
Dearborn, MI 48126

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