Section 00-01: Identification Codes
1996 F-150, F-250, F-350, F-Super Duty and Bronco Workshop Manual
The vehicle build date stamp is a four-digit number representing month and day of manufacture. On Bronco and F-150, F-250, F-350, the vehicle build date is stamped on the front surface of the radiator support on the passenger's side of the vehicle.
For example, for a build date of January 24, the vehicle build date stamp reads 0124; for a build date of October 21, the vehicle date stamp reads 1021.
Yellow ink is normally used for the date stamp. When the marking surface is painted the body color, the date stamp will be marked in red ink. Units from the Ontario Truck Plant (Code C) will be marked with silver ink.