So we gotta get the VIN from the dealer. No way to look it up on our own?Dealer assigns the order number, Ford pulls orders from dealers usually on Thursdays.
If the dealer has quota for that month, Ford will pull it into the order processing. If they don't the order has to wait till they do and then it will be pulled.
Ford will assign it a VIN within a few days, and schedule a week for it to be produced. They have to check and make sure they have parts for the options of the vehicle, that also helps to determine the week of build.
This is just what I have learned over the many orders.