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1961 Dodge Lancer fender tag decode?
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slantsixdan
Posted 2021-09-27 9:34 PM (#615394)
Subject: 1961 Dodge Lancer fender tag decode?



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Hiya, all. Subject line says most of it. This is a '61 Lancer wagon. Thanks for any assistance!



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slantsixdan
Posted 2021-09-28 11:26 AM (#615409 - in reply to #615394)
Subject: Re: 1961 Dodge Lancer fender tag decode?



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…and here's the VIN:



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frwl
Posted 2021-09-28 2:38 PM (#615415 - in reply to #615394)
Subject: RE: 1961 Dodge Lancer fender tag decode?


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The VIN: 7512312650

7 = Dodge Lancer
5 = Lancer 170 Station Wagon
1 = 1961 Model Year
2 = Hamtramck Assy
312650 = Consecutive Unit Number

The Tag:

SO 0922 = Scheduled on September 22, 1960
NUMBER 9626 = 26th car built that day
BDY 756 = Dodge Lancer (7); 170 (5); 4 Door Station Wagon (6)
TRM 255 = Red Vinyl Upholstery
PNT WW1 = Paint Snow (White); Paint Scheme Monotone (1)

A very little info about letter optional codes, but still:

A7 = 287 = Torqueflite Transmission used with L6 Engine (A1 option would be manual trans)
B2 = 302 = Power Brakes
Not sure for E5, but I guess that would be a Power Tail Gate Window 305 (Heater 315 or Accessory Group maybe too)
No idea for S2; it is might be an Outside Left Mirror with Manual Control 382
Z3 = Variable Speed Windshield Wipers and Windshield Washer 513, probably…

Hope this helps

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Powerflite
Posted 2021-09-28 4:55 PM (#615420 - in reply to #615394)
Subject: Re: 1961 Dodge Lancer fender tag decode?



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Congratulations on the Lancer wagon purchase. I own one as well, except a 770 version. It's odd though because mine was built at the same plant, but has a lightly stamped 77 at the beginning of the VIN, whearas yours has fully formed numbers there. I wonder why they were stamped differently. Yours is also a very early production. You can see what I have done with mine here:
http://www.forwardlook.net/forums/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=54790
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slantsixdan
Posted 2021-09-28 5:17 PM (#615425 - in reply to #615394)
Subject: Re: 1961 Dodge Lancer fender tag decode?



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Ah, the car's not mine; it belongs to a friend in Argentina and I'm helping him out. I sold my '62 Lancer and 30-year accumulation of parts and accessories into Australia a couple years ago. I dig your white-over-blue '61 wagon! Nicely built and thoughtfully upgraded; the only quibble I'd raise is with your crankcase ventilation setup, assuming it's still the same as shown in the pics. That's a different discussion for a different thread, though. :-)


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Powerflite
Posted 2021-09-28 5:20 PM (#615426 - in reply to #615394)
Subject: Re: 1961 Dodge Lancer fender tag decode?



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Yeah, it's not great. That was done by the previous owner. I would prefer a PCV, and will swap to that at some point.
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frwl
Posted 2021-09-29 1:54 AM (#615443 - in reply to #615394)
Subject: RE: 1961 Dodge Lancer fender tag decode?


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Dodge Lancer Body Codes for 1961:

Lancer 170:

711 = 2 Door Sedan; VIN started at 71…
713 = 4 Door Sedan; VIN started at 71…
756 = 4 Door Wagon; VIN started at 75…

Lancer 770:

732 = 2 Door Hardtop; VIN started at 73…
733 = 4 Door Sedan; VIN started at 73…
776 = 4 Door Wagon; VIN started at 77…

In 1962 Lancer GT line was added:

742 = 2 Door Hardtop; VIN started at 74…

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