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Not sure what I've got here. Best I can tell the vin # is 5R07A257390. I tried a couple of vin decoders but the R doesn't work. It might be a B.

Thanks yarb

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Wouldn't it be a 1965 San Jose Built Hardtop (or otherwise known as a coupe) Mustang with a 249 4V? The R represents the San Jose California assembly plant.
 

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Here is what I come up with when I search your VIN
5 R 07 A 257390
5=1965
R= Made in San Jose CA Plant
07=Hardtop
A=V8 289 CID 4V
257390=Production Sequence

What does the Data Plate Information say? That is the plate on the inside driver side door jam, gives you Body, color, trim, date, and D.S.O information. You will get more information on your car from those codes.
 

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Look for another vin stamping, but wouldn't it most likely be an "F"? <img src="http://forums.vintage-mustang.com/images/Vintage-Mustang_2015/smilies/tango_face_smile.png" border="0" alt="" title="Smile" class="inlineimg" />
Ummm no. R is San Jose, CA. Where mine was built too.
 

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5R07A257390

5 - 1965

R - San Jose, California Assembly Plant

07 - 2 door Hardtop

A - 289 4-Barrel carburetor

257390 - Sequential Unit Number (Started at 100001) ...so its' the 157,390th car ordered in that sequence.



Hope this helps you a bit. If you give us the rest of the Driver's door dataplate info, We can tell you even more about the car.

:eek:)

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Ummm no. R is San Jose, CA. Where mine was built too.
Ummm, pay a little more attention. The OP stated, and I quote; "I tried a couple of vin decoders and the R doesn't work". The next most likely would be an F then, right?
Of course it would, and that's why I suggested it. <img src="http://forums.vintage-mustang.com/images/Vintage-Mustang_2015/smilies/tango_face_wink.png" border="0" alt="" title="Wink" class="inlineimg" />
I paid quite a bit of attention, maybe you should do the same? Some VIN decoders that aren’t mustang specific or old car specific won’t work or spit out the correct information like newer cars because they don’t have enough characters in the VIN. So... it will most likely give you an error message or something similar when trying to put in a mustang or old car VIN. Any vintage mustang decoding website, book or so on should give you the correct information though.
 

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" 257390 - Sequential Unit Number (Started at 100001) ...so its' the 157,390th car ordered in that sequence. "

That is of course that you take into consideration that the weird San Jose plant at some point decided to skip about 30,000 vin numbers or something for some bizarre reason at some point. I think it was when they went from '64.5 production to '65 production.. I don't have the numbers handy.. but that's what happened..

:eek:)

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Ummm, pay a little more attention. The OP stated, and I quote; "I tried a couple of vin decoders and the R doesn't work". The next most likely would be an F then, right?
Of course it would, and that's why I suggested it. :wink:
You may need to tighten up a bit...

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I guess some people here simply don't understand some things and won't ever learn. Newer cars, those from 1981 and newer, have 17 digit VIN codes on them, whereas the mustang VIN code is typically 11. So......... it's not going to work on a non vintage mustang/vintage car specific VIN decoder. I'm not sure what other way to explain this....... I guess I could take pictures of the sites with error codes and saying something to the effect of "VIN needs to be 17 characters." But you'd still probably not believe me.
 

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Here's a couple pictures of new vehicle VIN decoding websites that require 17 characters for the VIN as opposed to the classic VIN decoding website, last picture, which does not.
 

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Wouldn't be much easier to put a sticky on some links to the Mustang decoding sites, so people wouldn't repeatedly ask this question? Or is that even more complicated than what this thread has become?
 

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Wouldn't be much easier to put a sticky on some links to the Mustang decoding sites, so people wouldn't repeatedly ask this question? Or is that even more complicated than what this thread has become?
Maybe, but I would say let 'em keep asking. Sometimes we can spot or identify rareness or inconsistencies that might go overlooked or unappreciated otherwise. Perhaps a K or R code engine, a very early production number, stuff like that. Many of us don't need a decoder at all and just know what the digits all mean at a glance. (And yes, that includes me.)

But here we have an isolated and unique thread.

As for complicated, had yarb simply asked us to decode the vin and left it at that any number of us could/would have answered him just like Beerhunter528 or Tony K did. The confusion derived from his caveat that the decoders he was using would not accept the R plant code, what raised one of my eyebrows, and then raised it more when he said it might be a B. The absence of clarity on that prompted my suggestion he try an F instead. Simple logic. Beyond that, we have this member in Seattle who recently has been displaying a decided lack of tact around here (to the point of out and out disrespect/rudeness at times) and he made the mistake of directing some of that crud at me. The mods/admins must tolerate guff to some degree but I'm not a mod. ;)

Maybe he'll take the hint and return to his previous civility. I hope he does.
 

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Maybe, but I would say let 'em keep asking. Sometimes we can spot or identify rareness or inconsistencies that might go overlooked or unappreciated otherwise. Perhaps a K or R code engine, a very early production number, stuff like that. Many of us don't need a decoder at all and just know what the digits all mean at a glance. (And yes, that includes me.)

But here we have an isolated and unique thread.

As for complicated, had yarb simply asked us to decode the vin and left it at that any number of us could/would have answered him just like Beerhunter528 or Tony K did. The confusion derived from his caveat that the decoders he was using would not accept the R plant code, what raised one of my eyebrows, and then raised it more when he said it might be a B. The absence of clarity on that prompted my suggestion he try an F instead. Simple logic. Beyond that, we have this member in Seattle who recently has been displaying a decided lack of tact around here (to the point of out and out disrespect/rudeness at times) and he made the mistake of directing some of that crud at me. The mods/admins must tolerate guff to some degree but I'm not a mod. ;)

Maybe he'll take the hint and return to his previous civility. I hope he does.
This is the final thing I'm going to say and then you can have the last word, if that will help you sleep better tonight. The OP mentioned he had been having trouble decoding his VIN on a couple different VIN decoder websites. He didn't mention anything about it being specifically a vintage car or collector mustang VIN decoding site and he even said that he had gotten error messages or that it wasn't working. This topic has been beaten to death over and over, many, many times before in that a vintage mustang, or other collector car VIN, isn't going to work on standard VIN decoding websites. Vehicles that are from the year 1981 and newer are going to have 17 characters in their VIN as opposed to classic mustangs, or other classic vehicles, that only have 11.

So.... of course he's going to have an issue finding the information he's looking for if he doesn't know he's using the wrong site or wrong decoder to look up the VIN on his classic mustang. Considering your statement earlier about "Many of us don't need a decoder at all and just know what the digits all mean at a glance. (And yes, that includes me.)" I feel like if that were actually the case, along with the fact that the OP said it's either an "R" or could be a "B".... that you'd be able to put two and two together and that we wouldn't be having this conversation right now. There are 3 codes for assembly plants for a 1965 mustang.... "F", "R" and "T". Out of those, which is the closest to looking like an "R" or a "B"? My money is on the "R". And my money was/is that the OP either entered the VIN incorrectly or on an incorrect site. It seems as though it's the latter. If there was an assembly plant with say a "P" code and the OP said that VIN wasn't working, well then yes maybe it would be an "F" code as a "P" and an "F" look quite similar. But the OP thinking the letter was an "R" and then saying it actually might be a "B" would and did make me think he'd either entered the rest of the VIN incorrectly or used the wrong VIN decoding site. Lastly, an "R" and a "B" both have the bottom half of the character protruding downward whereas the "F" does not and isn't rounded out up on the top, like an "R" or a "B." Just saying.
 
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