by Asad Mohammad
tractor image by PeteG from Fotolia.com
There is a difference between figuring out the date of manufacture of a tractor and that of a car. The date is also crucial when installing new parts or engines for your tractor due to compatibility issues. Finding out the date of manufacture of your Ford tractor is quite simple and can be completed in a few steps.
Find the production code for your Ford tractor. It will generally be on the side of the vehicle adjacent to the starter motor. It can also be located on the outer hull at any given location. You should be able to find a metal plate that has 3 different serial codes. These will include the serial number, production code, and model number.
Identify the production code for the three different sets of numbers. The production code will only have a combination of five letters and numbers. The other codes will have six or seven digits. If you are still having difficulty identifying the production code, check your owner’s manual.
Interpret the production code. You should see five numbers and digits. The first digit will tell you what year the tractor was built. Ford tractors have a special system for designating the year of production. The number 5 will refer to the year 1965, the number 6 will refer to the year 1966 and so on. The number 0 then refers to 1970, the number 1 refers to 1971 and so on until the number 4 refers to 1974. When you return to the number 5 remember that it refers to the year 1965. Therefore, if your code of production is 4K21C so that means the tractor was built in 1974.
Interpret the month of production. Look at the second letter of the code and it will help you know when your tractor was manufactured. The letter A represents the month of January, the letter B represents February and this goes up to the letter M for December. Just note that the letter “I” is omitted. For example, if your code is 4K21C, the letter K will mean that your tractor was manufactured in October.
Perform on production day. Look at the numbers that follow the alphabet. The number 1 means the first of the month and goes through the number 31. If your code is 4K21C, this indicates that the tractor was manufactured on the 21st of the month.
Interpret the time of day of production. Look at the final alphabetical value. If it’s A, then the tractor was built at midnight, if it’s B, then it was built early in the day, and if it’s C, then it was built in the afternoon. If your code is 4K21C, this means your tractor was built in the afternoon.