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Old 10-11-2002, 10:59 AM
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I'm traveling 300 miles tomorrow to maybe buy this car. Owner says it has new plexigas on top. How can I spot a clowned skyliner. Is there a code in the vin or something else that would give it away? Thanks

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1955 FORD VIN (Serial No.) Breakdown;
  • The first character of the VIN designates engine type: (A) 223-cid 6 cylinder: (M) 272-cid V-8 4V; (U) 272-cid V-8 2V; (P) 292-cid V-8.
  • The second character designates model year: '5' for 1955.
  • The third character designates final assembly plant: A = Atlanta, B = Buffalo, C = Chester, D + Dallas, G = Chicago, F = Dearborn, E = Mahwah, K = Kansas City, L =Long Beach, M = Memphis, N = Norfolk, R = San Jose, S=Somerville, U = Louisville, P = Twin City (St. Paul).
  • The fourth character designates body type: C = Sunliner; F = Skyliner; R = Ranch Wagon; T = Fairlane (2dr and 4dr); X= Country Sedan; V = Victoria; G = Mainline and Customline 2dr sedan, 2dr coupe and 4dr sedan.
  • The fifth through tenth digits designates the number of the unit built at each assembly plant.

The data plate is placed on the cowl directly beneath the windshield where it can be seen when the door is opened.

The first line of characters will be the serial number.

The second line of characters will be;

First to left...Body Code;
  • 60B 2dr Fairlane Victoria HDTP.
  • 64A 2dr Fairlane Crown Victoria (Crown Mldg).
  • 64B 2dr Fairlane Crown Victoria Skyliner (Crown Mldg. Plus Plexiglass Front Roof Panel).

You will also notice a Color (Paint) Code and a Trim Code.

Recently, I noticed a take-off Skyliner roof assembly for $5,000.00.

Data plates can also be reproduced.
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boy you can't ask for a more precise response then that

way to go!
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[quote]Originally posted by helrazr3:


<strong>boy you can't ask for a more precise response then that

way to go! </strong><hr></blockquote>

...please...you'll turn my pretty head...

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No Mr Cool Tools. You just blew me away.

Many many years ago these cars were worthless in SoCal because of the leaking pounded out rear mains, frozen distributors and bad rockers. Plus the fact you flat cooked in one of these things after the vinyl cover up thing disappeared in 1955 1/2. Because they were as cheap as I was, at least 50 of them wound their way through life over several years. And you know? I don't think I ever looked at the plate you're describing so perfectly. Bet I never forget it now.

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Very Interesting...

I have never actually been in a Skyliner. Do you mean that there was like a vinyl shade that was pulled to keep the sun off of you? And say this option disappeared in the mid 1955 production run?

Learn something every day...

You see very few of them out here I guess because of the cancer factor...
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I thought that all Ford Sunliners and Mercury SunValleys had the cover on the inside which either slid forward intracks or pulled forward from a roller, then fastened with snaps(?) at the front. I'll never forget the first time I saw an NOS Plexi top insert, and the the next time, and the next time. Sometimes I think there are more surviving inserts than cars to install them in. But then again, how dumb am I for passing a SunValley for $450.00 in Missouri City TX. in 1975?
Does any one remember the plexi-window hoods for 1954? I'll tell the story some other day.
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KULTULZ you saved my can with your great info. The car was cloned. These glass tops are back into production. I owe!
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I was hoping you had a chance to read it before looking at the car. Was the seller attempting to represent it as origional or a conversion?

Oh...BTW...I enjoy Michelob Light... :p
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[quote]Does any one remember the plexi-window hoods for 1954? I'll tell the story some other day.<hr></blockquote>

No...I don't...but would.

That would still be a Hot Lick now...
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Yes. There is a 54 with the show off the valve cover hood that has been on the street forever in Spokane Wa. It is Blue and White. To the best of my knowledge it was just restored once again.

What I meant on the missing plexiglass cover was the covers seemed to disappear after six months use. They were all probably related to the top boots that are never with a used convertible. I firmly believe there is an astral lost and found bin with all these parts, owner's manuals and removable radio face plates. Something on the line of the mystical valley of elephant bones.

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