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The numbers are relevant to Ford tractors manufactured between 1965 and 1975, located on the right hand side of the tractor on the flywheel housing, just rearwards of the starter motor.


They are given in 3 parts an example of which is given below…




This example above would be…

  • a model 4000, agricultural all purpose, diesel, live 540 pto, 8 speed
  • 1969, July, 12th of the month, afternoon shift
  • built in Basildon, England, serial number 123456

Use the data below to identify your tractor.



April ‘68 to 1975 (1965 to March ‘68 in brackets)

B(2)  2000

C(3)  3000

D(4)  4000

E(5)  5000


10 Agricultural all purpose

11 LCG

12 Highway

13 Rice

20 Row crop

30 Vineyard

31 Narrow

40 Utility

50 Industrial


1 Diesel

2 Gas

3 LP


1 No PTO

2 Trans 540

3 Live 540

4 Independent 540

5 Independent 540 – 1000

6 Independent 540, 1000


A 4 speed

C 8 speed

E Select-O-speed

F 4/4 TC power reversing

K 6/4 Manual reversing



1965 – 5

1966 – 6

1967 – 7

1968 – 8

1969 – 9

1970 – 0

1971 – 1

1972 – 2

1973 – 3

1974 – 4


Jan – A

Feb – B

March – C

April – D

May – E

June – F

July – G

Aug – H

Sept – J

Oct – K

Nov – L

Dec – M


Date of the month from 1 through to 31


Midnight – A

Day – B

Afternoon – C


Letter at beginning of serial number

B – Built in Basildon, England

C – Built in USA

Number in serial number

The production number of the tractor.



fred petersen says:

February 7th, 2008 at 2:38 am
trying to work out year of manufacture
serial pre fix 4.M.3.4
serial #B218276
model #01014C
FPO # 407340
engine # D556252
Any help greatly appreciated.

The Vintage Tractor Engineer says:

February 7th, 2008 at 6:04 pm
Hi Fred,

Maybe you need a bit more Ford expertise. Try the Ford and Fordson Association. Sorry I cannot be of more help.

Bob Callaby says:

March 27th, 2008 at 3:33 pm
Your Ford serial number info is veryeasy to follow. However, along with a number of other experts it fails to aknowledge that this series was also built in 1975. I have a Force 3000 numbered 5A09B, thus January 9th. 1975 on the day shift. The serial number is B948007. Is this one of the last?
Regards Bob

The Vintage Tractor Engineer says:

March 27th, 2008 at 7:16 pm

Thanks for adding your tractor’s serial number, giving some additional information about serial numbers and informing us about the continuation of the building of these tractors into 1975.
Presumably you know that your serial number (B948007) is one of the higher numbers and thus it is a 1975 machine. Do you know if there is any distinction between 1965 and 1975 in the ‘5′ of 5A09B ?

Bob Callaby says:

March 28th, 2008 at 4:27 pm
There does not appear to be any distinction. Perhaps they meant to stop in 1974 but forgot to turn the tap off!
Regards Bob

mr ballantyne says:

April 4th, 2008 at 10:00 am
help can any one tell me where chassis no is on ford 4000 it has a cab thanks. greg..

Katie Harrison says:

April 10th, 2008 at 10:56 pm
I have a Ford Tractor with motor problems the serial number is C5NN605 with D5k14 under that. The transmission number is C5NN7006AA. Can you tell me year and model of this tractor so I can order parts and a Manual. Thank you for your help.

David Nix says:

April 11th, 2008 at 12:01 pm
My stepson and I just purchased a used Ford 5000 and from the model number I believe it was produced in 1969 (E1014C, 9L03B, C254448). Does the serial number seem to be in the correct range for a 1969 5000?

Vintage Tractor Engineer says:

April 11th, 2008 at 5:03 pm

This gentleman has a June 1969 USA built 5000 with a serial number of C241358, so your serial number fits in with the November 1969 date for your tractor.

1968 tractors start at serial number C190200
1969 tractors start at serial number C226000


Rick Fletcher says:

April 15th, 2008 at 3:55 am
Can you tell me what LCG stands for? I’m working on a 1969 4000, LCG, gas, live 540 pto, 8 speed and can’t figure out what it is.


The Vintage Tractor Engineer says:

April 16th, 2008 at 3:25 pm

I believe that LCG stands for Low Centre of
The LCG models should have smaller rear wheels and shorter drop arms on the front axle than the standard models. I think some of these
tractors were numbered 4110 and most of them were used for amenities work for city councils or golf courses where mowing work was to be done on steep bank sides, so many of the tractors were on turf tyres.

benbooth says:

April 25th, 2008 at 12:23 pm
can any one date a ford 4000 with d651535

Greg S says:

May 16th, 2008 at 10:09 am
Ben Booth,

My Ford 2000 has three sets of numbers. They are as follows:

B1022A :
B = 2000
10 = Ag all purpose
2 = Gas
2 = 540 trans
A = 4 speed

9K20B :
9 = 1969
K = October
20 = day of month
B = day shift

C253196 :
C = made in USA
253196 = SN

You made need the middle part to tell the year (9K20B)

Greg S says:

May 16th, 2008 at 10:10 am

Will a loader off of a 5000 fit a ‘69 2000?


ben says:

May 25th, 2008 at 2:39 pm
hi, if the number on my 400 is, d1014b of1b b887207 what is the serial number

The Vintage Tractor Engineer says:

June 4th, 2008 at 6:41 pm
Hi Ben,

The serial number is the final part (b887202).


Dave says:

June 19th, 2008 at 8:39 pm
I have a Air Force Tow Tractor with the military production date of June 1975 that is a model 2000 I believe. I want to sell this running driving unit and will be usung your site to further identify the unit. Thanks for being here as what I know about tractors is not much.

Dave says:

June 19th, 2008 at 9:14 pm
My Tractor shws 5D 2 B then below is C461906 followed by a star. Anyone??

Mike Boyle says:

August 6th, 2008 at 4:52 am
I have a Ford 3000 with the following serial numbers:

On the engine block C7 NN 6015 AH

On the gearbox C7 NN 7006 AK

Can anyone tell me the month/year of manufacture?


Jodi says:

August 13th, 2008 at 8:37 pm
We just purchased a Ford 4000 and the model # is D1414C – so if I read this right, we have a model 4000, Diesel, independent 540 PTO with an 8 speed tranny. So what chassis is the “14?? Am I reading this wrong (or right)? Thanks Jodi

dirk ver berne says:

August 24th, 2008 at 3:31 pm
hallo, graag meer inl over mijn ford is het een 2000 of 3000 en van welk jaar is hij nu dit zijn de nummers die op het versellingsbaks zijn geklopt
5 f 19 b
f 215
a 109-457 laatste is chassis nummer
kan er iemand zeggen welke de eerste nummers betekenen grt Dirk

John Agnew says:

August 27th, 2008 at 1:13 pm
The model number on my 5000 is E101/C
I am as sure as I can be the second last digit is a / but it should be a number between 1-6 for PTO spec
The tractor has PTO and the tractor code is B932952 with a unit code of 5H15
Can you help with the query on the model number and advise year of manufacture?

John Sep says:

September 13th, 2008 at 5:20 pm
I have a Ford 4000 model #D1414C, serial C383642, production code 3F05. None of the tables listing chassis information I have been able to find include 14 as a chassis style. What does the 14 mean?

David Devine says:

September 22nd, 2008 at 10:24 pm
Please help. The numbers near my starter on my 2000 ford are as follows: 1028

The number near the front above the oil pan are DONN 6015J

Any information will be appreciated.

Thanks, David

Casey says:

October 22nd, 2008 at 5:55 pm
Can you help with these codes please? I think I have the info on the model and the serial but I can’t figure out the production code
FORD 3400

Nick From France says:

October 23rd, 2008 at 4:59 pm
Hello !

I have the same problem as Dirk (post #21 here above), the numbers on my Ford 2000 are (as far as I can read them properly) :
A102 871

The only code in there which may correspond is the first one that may be the Production Code ?

Can anyone help, please ?

Nick From France says:

October 23rd, 2008 at 6:39 pm
Hello again !

This is for Dirk :

5F19B should mean 1965 – June – the 19th – Day

I was told today that there once was a Ford Factory building tractors in Anvers (Belgium) that does no longer exists.
I also found another person who has a serial number begginning with a “A103 …” identified as the serial number on his Ford 2000 registration document.
And amazingly, this person lives in… belgium !
I guess the machines build in this factory weren’t marked the same way as the US or GB machines ?

Nick From France says:

October 23rd, 2008 at 6:48 pm
This is for Mike (post#19 here above) :

C means the 60’s decade and 7 is the year.
so : C7 means 1967

(and further : 6015 means “engine block for tractors”, 7006 means “gearbox”, AH and AK are the versions)
Check this for detailed informations :

W Starkey says:

November 2nd, 2008 at 8:57 am
Does anyone have any info / pictures etc of a Ford 3000 Highway spec? I have bought one but cannot find any information on them, what grills they had in, tyres they were supplied with, hitches on the rear etc etc. Can any one help?

Clent says:

November 2nd, 2008 at 11:57 pm
W. Starkey
I recently purchased a CD from eBay that has all the parts and numbers as well as pictures of the 2000-7000 Fords. After a trip to the Ford dealer this past weekend, I found that at least the numbers Ichecked were the actual part numbers.

Laura says:

November 3rd, 2008 at 3:50 pm
So my question is: How do I tell if I have a 4000, a 4100, 4110, etc.?

Laura says:

November 3rd, 2008 at 3:52 pm
Question 29: possibly the brochure at http://www.springfieldbiz.com/oaktree/ford3000.html will help you.

Walter says:

January 3rd, 2009 at 9:43 pm
I have a ford 2000 tractor with the following numbers
I believe that means it is a 2000 model all purpose diesel live 540 PTO 8 speed transmission and was made in the USA on July 13 1973. I have been unable to locate a picture of this particular tractor. When we bought this used tractor we were told it was about a 1980-82 model. A picture would be a big help.

The Vintage Tractor Engineer says:

January 4th, 2009 at 2:45 pm
Hi Walter,
If you just go to Google and then click on ‘Images’ at the top left hand of the screen. Then search Google Images for ‘Ford 2000′ and you will get lots of pictures to view.