1973 Ford Bronco VIN Decoder

1973 Ford Bronco VIN Decoder

Last Updated February 23, 2024 | Kevin Brent

Finding the correct restoration parts for your vintage '73 Bronco can be quite intimidating. The main challenge lies in identifying the original components specific to your Bronco. You can easily overcome this hurdle by decoding the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and data plate of your 1973 Bronco.

Simplify the process by utilizing a Bronco VIN decoder, which allows you to effortlessly locate the essential parts needed for your restoration project. Decode the VIN to uncover crucial details such as the series, body style, transmission, axle ratio, and color of your '73 Bronco. The engine code provided by the VIN will assist you in restoring your Bronco to its original state. This information aids in identifying any aftermarket components that may have been installed by previous owners.

1973 Bronco VIN Number Location

Locating the VIN on your first-generation Bronco is simple once you know where it's stamped. The optimal location to find the VIN is on the frame rail situated beneath the engine, just before the firewall. Due to the engine setup, reading the VIN directly from the engine bay may prove challenging. If the VIN stamp cannot be easily read from the engine bay, we recommend turning the wheel as far right as possible and positioning a camera to take a picture of the VIN from behind the wheel well.

1973 Bronco VIN Plate Location

The full VIN plate is inside the face of the glove compartment door. It includes codes containing your '73 Bronco's production information. The top line of the data plate displays the following code categories: color, type, body, transmission, axle, and DSO.

1973 Bronco Paint Codes
Raven Black A
Wind Blue B
Chrome Yellow G
Seapine Green Metallic H
Wimbledon White M
Winter Green Q
Sequoia Brown R
Midnight Blue Metallic S
Candyapple Red T
Limestone Metallic U
Mallard Green V
Durango Tan X
Hot Ginger Metallic Z
Royal Maroon 2
Bright Lime 4
Bahama Blue 6
Tampico Yellow 8

1973 Bronco Trim Packages

The year 1973 brought advancements with the introduction of the Ranger trim and the Explorer Special package. The Ranger offered additional features alongside or as substitutes for the unchanged Sport package from the previous year.

Explorer Special Package

The seasonal option group known as the Explorer Special package shared similarities with the Ranger trim. It was available in eye-catching Grabber Blue or Burnt Orange colors, accompanied by matching "random stripe" pattern cloth seats. The package also boasted an "Explorer" badge on the glovebox and a distinctive "Explorer" spare tire cover.

The Bronco Explorer holds a high level of rarity since it was exclusively released during the springtime as a strategy to boost truck sales. With primarily cosmetic distinctions, it can be challenging to determine its authenticity at first glance today. A closer look at the unique cloth pattern on the seats provides a more reliable means of authentication. Some owners opt to enhance their base Broncos to resemble Explorers.

1973-1976 Bronco Trim Packages
Dual Windshield Wipers S S
Windshield Washers S S
LH Outside Mirror S S
Argent-Painted Grille with Bright Aluminum Trim Surround and FORD Letters S S
Hood and Lower Bodyside Tape Stripes, White Stripes with Orange Accent - S
Chrome Headlight Rings S S
Bright Metal Windshield and Window Trim S S
Chrome Taillight Bezels S S
Chrome Tailgate Release Handle S S
Front & Rear Chrome Bumpers S S
Front Chrome Bumper Guards (w/ Chrome Bumpers Only) S S
“Sport Bronco” Emblem S -
Swing-Away Spare Tire Carrier O S
Spare Tire Cover, White Vinyl with Orange Accent - S
Bright Metal Wheel Covers (15-Inch Wheels Only) S S
Pleated Parchment Vinyl Front Seat S -
Cloth and Vinyl Seat Trim in Ginger, Blue, or Avocado - S
Hardboard Headlining with Bright Metal Retainer Moldings (Wagon Models) S S
Parchment Vinyl Simulated-Carpet Front Floor Mat with Bright Metal Retainers S -
Color-Keyed Full Carpeting (Including Tailgate and Wheel-Housings) - S
Rear Floor Mat (with Optional Rear Seat) S S
Vinyl-Covered Door Trim Panels with Bright Metal Moldings S S
Color-Keyed Vinyl Door Trim Panels with Woodtone Accent - S
Color-Keyed Vinyl Trim on Rear Quarter Panels - S
Satin-Finish Instrument Panel Molding S -
Color-Keyed Instrument Panel Paint - S
Cigar Lighter S S
Coat Hook - S
Satin-Finish Horn Ring S S
Fresh Air Heater & Defroster S S
“Bright” refers to chrome finish. “LH” refers to lefthand and “RH” refers to righthand.

Related: Learn more about what came standard with your 1973 Bronco's trim package.

1973 Bronco Build Month
Q00000 - Q19999 August 1972
Q20000 - Q39999 September 1972
Q40000 - Q59999 October 1972
Q60000 - Q79999 November 1972
Q80000 - Q99999 December 1972
R00000 - R19999 January 1973
R20000 - R39999 February 1973
R40000 - R59999 March 1973
R60000 - R79999 April 1973
R80000 - R99999 May 1973
S00000 - S19999 June 1973
S20000 - S39999 July 1973

1973 Bronco District (DSO) Codes
District CodeDescription
11 Boston
12 Buffalo
13 New York
14 Pittsburgh
15 Newark
16 Philadelphia
17 Washington
21 Atlanta
22 Charlotte
23 Memphis
24 Jacksonville
28 Louisville
41 Chicago
42 Cleveland
43 Milwaukee
46 Indianapolis
47 Cincinnati
48 Detroit
52 Dallas
53 Kansas City
54 Omaha
55 St. Louis
56 Davenport
57 Houston
58 Twin Cities
71 Los Angeles
72 San Jose
73 Salt Lake City
74 Seattle
75 Phoenix
76 Denver
83 Government
84 Home Office Reserve
85 American Red Cross
87 Body Company
89 Transportation Services
90 Export
A1 Mercury of Canada - Central
A2 Mercury of Canada - Eastern
A3 Mercury of Canada - Atlantic
A4 Mercury of Canada - Midwestern
A6 Mercury of Canada - Western
A7 Mercury of Canada - Pacific
B1 Ford of Canada - Central
B2 Ford of Canada - Eastern
B3 Ford of Canada - Atlantic
B4 Ford of Canada - Midwestern
B6 Ford of Canada - Western
B7 Ford of Canada - Pacific
I2 Export

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1973 Bronco Rear Gear Ratios
Axle CodeGear RatioCapacity
3 4.11 2780 lb.
18 3.50 2780 lb.
4 4.57 2780 lb.
B8 3.50 2780 lb.
A3 4.11 LS 2780 lb.
8 3.50 3300 lb.
5 4.11 LS 3300 lb.

1973 Bronco Transmission Codes
C 3 Speed Direct
G C4 Automatic (With V-8 Engine)

1973 Bronco Assembly Plants
L Michigan Truck

1973 Bronco Series Codes
U14 Pickup (Includes Sport, Ranger, and Explorer Variants)
U15 Wagon (Includes Sport, Ranger, and Explorer Variants)

1973 Bronco Engine Codes
Engine CodeEngine TypeDisplacementBoreStrokeCompression RatioHorsepower (In Net HP)
T Inline-6 200 CID 3.68" 3.126" 8.3:1 84 hp @ 4,400 RPM
G V-8 302 CID 4.00" 3.00" 8.0:1 141 hp @ 4,000 RPM

Tackle Your Next Restoration Project with Our 1973 Bronco VIN Decoder

Now that you know what the codes mean on your Bronco's VIN, you can be confident in finding the correct restoration parts. Delve into our comprehensive collection of 1973 Bronco parts, where you can effortlessly locate all the crucial components required to restore your Bronco. Remember to sign up for our newsletter, granting you exclusive access to invaluable guides, practical tools, and pertinent content designed specifically for owners of classic Broncos.

If you want to see what came stock on other first-gen Broncos, check out the VIN and data plate information for these Bronco years: 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977.

Sources: 1973 Ford Buyer's Digest, Ford Heritage

Image Credit: Ford Heritage

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