Original parts numbers can be quite useful. In this day of Ebay, original part numbers can make the difference in finding the exact part that you need. Maybe the seller only has the part number without knowing the correct application. Factory Parts Books are broken down into several different sections. Let’s use a 1960 Parts Catalog as an example. Section 2 deals with front suspension. Let’s look up the lower ball joint for a 1960 Plymouth. From the picture below, you see it is listed as Ball Joint 2-10-55.
The number is called the Part-Type Code and it tells us where to look for the actual part number. If you look at the picture below the Part-Type Code is the left hand column. Follow it down to 2-10-55 and then across to the column that shows the Plymouth. Here you will see a 60 which is meant to indicate 60 Plymouth uses this part. Going all the way to the right, we see that the part number is 2196 059 and there are 2 per car (column immediately to the left). Parts books are also useful for exploded diagrams that do not always occur in shop manuals.
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