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Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) 1971-1986 Jeep CJ

VIN Plate location


1971 to 1986 Jeep CJ VIN numbers are usually located in several possible locations. You should find a tin plate on the drivers side firewall near the brake master cylinder. You may also find one on the drivers side dash or the inside body panel by the floor near the parking brake lever. On mid 80's models it should also appear on the windshield wiper motor cover inside the Jeep. An abbreviated version is usually found on the top of the passenger side frame rail above the rear wheel.



1971 - 1974 Jeep CJ VIN Decoder Table

Character
   
1st
Make
J
(Jeep Corp.)
2nd
Year
1 = 1971
2 = 1972
3 = 1973
4 = 1974
3rd
Plant/Transmission
A = Toledo
auto/LHD
F = Toledo
3-spd/LHD
M = Toledo
4-spd/LHD
4th & 5th
Model
83 = CJ-5
84 = CJ-6
6th
Body Type
5 = Open Body
7th
GVW
(Gross Vehicle Weight)
R = 4,750 lbs
S = 4,500 lbs
T = 3,750 lbs
8th
Engine
A = 258 std
B = 258 low comp.
E = 232 std
F = 232 low comp.
H = 304 std
9th - 13th
SSN
(Sequential Serial Number)
00000



1975 - 1980 Jeep CJ VIN Decoder Table

Character
   
1st
Make
J
(Jeep Corp.)
2nd
Year
5 = 1975
6 = 1976
7 = 1977
8 = 1978
9 = 1979
0 = 1980
3rd
Transmission
A = Auto
F  = 3 speed
M = 4 speed
4th & 5th
Model
83 = CJ-5
84 = CJ-6
93 = CJ-7
6th
GVW
(Gross Vehicle Weight)
A = 3,750 lbs
E = 4,150 lbs
7th
Engine
A = 258ci, 1 bbl
C = 258ci, 2 bbl
E = 232ci, 1 bbl
H = 304ci, 2 bbl
8th - 13th
SSN
(Sequential Serial Number)
000000



1981 - 1986 Jeep CJ VIN Decoder Table

Character
   
1st
Country
1 = USA
2nd
Make
J = Jeep
3rd
Type
C = MPV
E = Export LHD
F = Export RHD
4th
Engine
B = 151ci
L = 232ci
C = 258ci
H = 304ci
F = Diesel
5th
Transmission
B = Auto, Floor
A = Auto, Column
M = 4 speed
N = 5 speed
6th & 7th
Model
85 = CJ-5
86 = CJ-6
87 = CJ-7
88 = CJ-8
8th
GVW
(Gross Vehicle Weight)
A = 3,750 lbs
E = 4,150 lbs
9th
Check #
Check #
10th
Year
B = 1981
C = 1982
D = 1983
E = 1984
F = 1985
G = 1986
11th
Plant
T = Toledo
12th to 17th
SSN
(Sequential Serial Number)
000000


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