Datsun/Nissan 720 VIN Decoder Guide

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Datsun/Nissan 720 VIN Decoder Guide

Postby 1983Nissan720 » Thu Apr 10, 2014 4:11 pm


There ought to be a page devoted to the decoding of a Datsun/Nissan pick-up VIN system used for the 1980-1986 models. This work I've done so far is not complete.

The general truck make was changed from Datsun to Nissan during the 1983 model year (thus, all "Nissan" pickups sold in the U.S. are marketed as "1983-1/2" models to distinguish them from the "early 1983" Datsuns); production of the 1983-1/2's started roughly November 1982 in Japan, while U.S. production started at the Smyrna, TN plant in June 1983.

Example: JN6FD06SXDW004953

PART 1: JN6-F-D-0-6-S-X-D-W-004953 - MANUFACTURER
JN6 - Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan (Trucks)
1N6 - Nissan Motor Mfg. Corp., U.S.A., Smyrna, TN (Trucks)

PART 2: JN6-F-D-0-6-S-X-D-W-004953 - ENGINE TYPE
F - 2.0L I4 (Z20S) (1980-1981)
J - 2.5L I4 diesel (SD25) (1983.5-1985)
M - 2.2L I4 (Z22) (1981-1983)
N - 2.4L I4 (Z24) (1983.5-1986)
S - 2.2L I4 diesel (SD22) (1981-1983)

PART 3: JN6-F-D-0-6-S-X-D-W-004953 - MODEL LINE
D - Truck

PART 4: JN6-F-D-0-6-S-X-D-W-004953 - MODEL CHANGE
0 - No change

PART 5: JN6-F-D-0-6-S-X-D-W-004953 - BODY TYPE
1 - Standard body truck
6 - King Cab truck

PART 6: JN6-F-D-0-6-S-X-D-W-004953 - MISCELLANEOUS
S - 2 wheel drive (2WD) - rear ABS
T - 2 wheel drive (2WD) - 4-wheel ABS
U - 2 wheel drive (2WD)
Y - 4 wheel drive (4WD) - 4-wheel ABS

PART 7: JN6-F-D-0-6-S-X-D-W-004953 - CHECK DIGIT

JN6-F-D-0-6-S-X-D-W-004953 - MODEL YEAR
A - 1980
B - 1981
C - 1982
D - 1983
E - 1984
F - 1985
G - 1986

JN6-F-D-0-6-S-X-D-W-004953 - PLANT CODE
C - Smyrna, TN, USA
W - Kyushu, Japan

JN6-F-D-0-6-S-X-D-W-004953 - SERIAL NUMBER
Japanese-made units start at serial no. 000101
USA-made units start at serial no. 300101

JN6FD06SXDW004953 - 1983 Datsun King Cab w/ 2.0L I4 (Z20S), made in Kyushu, Japan
1N6ND06S2DC301115 - 1983-1/2 Nissan King Cab w/ 2.4L I4 (Z24), made in Smyrna, TN
JN6ND06S0FW031982 - 1985 Nissan King Cab w/ 2.4L I4 (Z24), made in Kyushu, Japan

~Ben (1983Nissan720)

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Re: Datsun/Nissan 720 VIN Decoder Guide

Postby dboblet » Tue Oct 21, 2014 8:38 pm

This information I was able to find elsewhere but doesn't help me. My "vin" number as posted on the (p door jam tin plate for my 1980 Datsun 720 reads HGY 720 (that part is silk screened on the plate) followed by a stamped 6 digit number. The old owner can give e a bill of sale but has no plates for the truck. This doesn't meet present 'vin' requirements of 17 digits and I can't find any corresponding descriptions of the vin numbers for this particular pattern. Interestingly the engine wall plate is so corroded it is very hard to read and has become detached from the wall (plastic 'buttons' broke off). I have the plate however, and though very hard to decipher, it matches the one on the door jam. I'm not sure how hard this is going to be to register since this vin number (12 digits) probably won't work in the modern systems computer searches. What do you think??

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Re: Datsun/Nissan 720 VIN Decoder Guide

Postby MLastovo » Sun Dec 07, 2014 11:22 am

The VIN of my truck doesn't follow the presented schema;

Any thoughts on what this deciphers to?


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Re: Datsun/Nissan 720 VIN Decoder Guide

Postby poopypants » Sat Jan 03, 2015 2:08 pm

This guide is incorrect/incomplete

The 17 digit vin code system wasn't put into place till 1981... while it's not absolute, this mean many 1981 model cars, produced in 1980, still adhere to old standards for each individual manufacturer... 1980 year models DEFINITELY don't adhere to the 17 digit code system...

So this guide should not include the 1980 or 1981 model years for the 720 Datsun/Nissan pickup truck.

Does anyone know if there is any guide covering all older datsun models? Doubt there is much info, if any, other than the model "720" n probably the production line number...

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Re: Datsun/Nissan 720 VIN Decoder Guide

Postby whawker » Tue May 03, 2016 3:17 pm

Hi, I joined the forum a few months ago, I have a 1984 Sunrader fiberglass RV built on an '84 720 Cab and Chassis, with factory dually rear wheels. I was decoding my VIN, and noticed some additional information you could map into your really excellent Datsun/Nissan 720 Decoder Guide.

In Part 5, Body Type, my VIN contains 5, which I believe to indicate Cab and Chassis

In Part 6, Miscellaneous, my VIN contains H, which I believe indicates 2WD dual rear wheels

I don't believe there was a 4x4 dual rear wheel option. The rest of my VIN decodes correctly with your documentation.



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Re: Datsun/Nissan 720 VIN Decoder Guide

Postby Brohman1 » Sat Sep 16, 2017 2:17 pm

I have a 1982 280ZX 2+2 with the same problem and have been trying to decipher the vin number HGS130-211559 to find out where made etc. Also it took a long time to convince insurance companies why I didn't have the 17 digit code and even now when I want to change companies same problem over again. Can anyone help me with this vin number.

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