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Help Identify 96 Explorer 5.0


Gozi

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Gozi

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The vin stamp is on the engine block. Its on the other side from the starter. It reads V U J 5 4 2 5 1. V is 1997 right? Hard to see the V, but at other angle its clear. What is the U and the J code? The 54251 is the numbered series.
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The vin stamp is on the engine block. Its on the other side from the starter. It reads V U J 5 4 2 5 1. V is 1997 right? Hard to see the V, but at other angle its clear. What is the U and the J code? The 54251 is the numbered series.
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Right, V is 1997

U is Louisville assembly plant.

J denotes the 10th production run of 1-99,999 vehicles built for the 97 model year, and the 54251 is the vehicle's position within the J run.
 

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Tire Size
P235/75R15

Gozi

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Tire Size
P235/75R15
Was looking at VIN # information in the tech section of this site and found:
Last 6-Digits Are The Sequence Number Beginning With A00001 (Ford) or J00001 (Lincoln/Mercury)

A00001-E99999 = Ford Division

J00001-L99999 = Lincoln / Mercury Division

So this is a J code Lincoln/Mercury.
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I was wondering about the white paint, too. Looks like he had it in or near a spray booth of some kind. Nice Mountaineer motor you got there.
 


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