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Old 10-10-2009, 17:28   #1 (permalink)
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I hate to be so newb but.......

Cane someone please help me determine which engine and transmission I have?

What I do know is:
I have a 1996 F250 5.8L 2WD Automatic with overdrive.
VIN#2FTHF25HXTCA65866

What I'm confused about is:
Is this engine the 351W or 351_ _ ?, err, I don't know the other one(s).
Is the transmission the E4OD?

I tried decoding the vin, checking the labels on the truck, but this is as far as I get even with my Haynes manual (which tells me nothing about Vins). I am really trying to replace my console shift lever, (what is the correct term for this?) which is supposed to have the OD switch on it but is broke off.

My local Ford dealer has everything I need but sold seperately in pieces which of course adds up. If that is the only way it is sold, seems like maybe I should look into something like an upgrade or aftermarket that will look better. Is there such thing? Any input would be appreciated.

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Old 10-10-2009, 19:31   #2 (permalink)
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You can decode your vin here. https://www.fleet.ford.com/maintenan...ls/default.asp On the door label, there are codes for the transmission, axle, etc. That tells more than the Vin only.

I don't know of any other source for the gear shift parts. It seems like the ones I did, the price wasn't real bad.
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Old 10-10-2009, 21:06   #3 (permalink)
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Yeah, not that is is outrageously priced, just that for that amount seems like I could get something that looks a little better.

Did you find the lever with the OD switch, electrical connector, and the retaining piece all in one assembled unit? I could not. Only piece by piece.
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Here's a Ford dealer that has some of the best prices you can find. Call their 888 number and see what it would cost from them. "Ford Parts" At Bowen Scarff - Formally 1stfordparts.com .

You can even look up some parts without calling them but I don't think the shift lever and parts can be.
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Old 10-12-2009, 20:58   #5 (permalink)
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Thanks man. I'll give them a call. I seen on another post here that people get the 2001 shift lever complete for around $49. It was about three times that piece by piece at my dealership for a 1996.
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You can get some of the parts at Rock Auto, one of our sponsors. Check their site and see if they have what you need.
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Old 10-12-2009, 22:23   #7 (permalink)
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I found the lever finally. I cant find the part number on my lever or anywhere for that matter. I pulled one earlier today to get me by until I get what I really need. I'm sure the salvage one wont last since the cap is already loose.

Which seats will fit my truck? I can't take the XL bench seat much longer. Too straight and that headrest kills me. Will the 40/20/40 fit? I thinks that's the one with the center counsel which folds up for a center seat.

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If you mean the little bezel around the OD switch, they can be purchased separately. I've replaced a few.

As long as the years are the same, the seats will interchange. Here's a link to used parts that may help. Car-Part.com--Used Auto Parts Market
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