Door tag decoding – harder than I thought

I mentioned in my last post that I would be looking to add a 87-93 Mustang door tag decoder to complement the VIN decoder on the mobile side of this site. I have been researching the codes for 1987 to 1993 in an attempt to load them into a database to serve as a basis for the decoder. I have collected a lot of information over the years and thought this would be pretty easy. It turns out that not one of the sources I have is without errors. For my sources I have several books including the Fox Body Mustang Recognition Guide. I have a CD from Ford for the 1993 Model Year and I have a three part series on decoding from Mustang Monthly that they did in 1992.

There are enough discrepancies between these three that it is driving me crazy. I want to create a definitive list of what the codes were used by year. I don’t think this type of detail exists. The Mustang Monthly articles comes close to this but it is not 100% accurate. From searching the internet I have found examples of door tags that demonstrate to me that each of the sources are incorrect in some areas.

I have toyed with the idea of starting a Fox Body Mustang Door Tag project where I would ask owners of 87-93 Mustangs to send me a picture of their door tags. That way I could see exactly what codes were used. If there is enough interest I might do it.

For now, I will continue pouring over the sources I have to come up with my best guess. It will serve as the basis for my new decoder. I am also considering publishing it in its raw form where I would hope that people would review it and provide corrections.

Stay tuned…

3 thoughts on “Door tag decoding – harder than I thought

  1. @Ken. Thanks for the offer! I have several examples of door tags from feature cars since they are my focus. But, if I need another, I will let you know.

  2. John I am with you on the confusion among sources. I too have all the above books and links and have often wondered where they have gotten the info? I have owned quite a few foxes over the years and tried to authenticate them and have had some success and sometimes not so much. Keep on working and let us know if we can help. I know that Terry Mccoy with the Feature registry was a big help for me on the verification of my 93 but he is limited to those models. Take care. Chet

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