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VIN Decoding - 1979

Contributed By: Joe Schaefer

The VIN is located on a plate mounted on the left corner of the firewall under the hood.

1st Digit - Manufacturer

J- Jeep Corporation

2nd Digit - Model Year

9- 1979

3rd Digit - Plant/Transmission/Drive

A- Toledo, Automatic-LHD
B- Toledo, Automatic-RHD
F- Toledo, 3-Speed-LHD
G- Toledo, 3-Speed-RHD
M- Toledo, 4-Speed-LHD
N- Toledo, 4-Speed-RHD

4th & 5th Digit - Model

15- Wagoneer-Custom-109" Wheelbase
16- Cherokee-2 Door-109" Wheelbase
17- Cherokee Chief-2 Door-Wide Track-109" Wheelbase
18- Cherokee-4 Door-109" Wheelbase
25- Truck J-10, 119" Wheelbase
45- Truck J-10, 131" Wheelbase
46- Truck J-20, 131" Wheelbase

6th Digit - GVW-Model

N- 6200 -15-16-17-18-25-45
P- 6800 -46
S- 7600 -46
Y- 8400 -46

7th Digit - Engine

A- 6-258, 1V
C- 6-258, 2V
N- V8-360 2V, 175 HP
P- V8-360 4V, 195 HP

8th thru 13th Digit - Sequential Serial Number

Toledo Built Vehicles Start With: 000,001
Brampton Built Vehicles Start With: 800,001


Parts Manual: W-1170-R2, Kaiser Jeep Corporation, 1967
Parts Manual: F-76072, AMC, Feb 1972
Parts Manual: F-75080, AMC, May 1980
Parts Manual: 89-81-374-084, AMC, May 1987
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