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Old 10-11-2019, 01:31 PM   #1
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How do we decode VIN numbers?

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Best and easiest is to call the manufatcurer and give them the VIN, they will be able to tell you everything about the build.
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Old 10-11-2019, 02:52 PM   #3
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Old 10-11-2019, 03:22 PM   #5
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Old 10-11-2019, 05:51 PM   #6
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Bluebird has a nice web portal where you can look up their buses by vin, chassis id, service number, or serial number. Thomas doesn't have anything like that.
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Old 10-11-2019, 07:01 PM   #7
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I got, 'sorry, we can't decode that number'
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I got, 'sorry, we can't decode that number'
I got the same thing on my International.
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Old 10-11-2019, 09:31 PM   #9
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I use free truck vin decoders I find via google. Works well enough for me to get the basics on buses I bid on with little info in the listings.
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Old 10-12-2019, 12:26 AM   #10
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I use free truck vin decoders I find via google. Works well enough for me to get the basics on buses I bid on with little info in the listings.

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Old 10-12-2019, 12:36 AM   #11
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I use free truck vin decoders I find via google. Works well enough for me to get the basics on buses I bid on with little info in the listings.

won't/cant decode my 75 chevy bus - it only has 13 characters in the VIN, not the 17 characters that became universal in the 80's
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Old 10-12-2019, 06:35 AM   #12
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won't/cant decode my 75 chevy bus - it only has 13 characters in the VIN, not the 17 characters that became universal in the 80's
http://www.73-87chevytrucks.com/tech.../1975truck.pdf
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won't/cant decode my 75 chevy bus - it only has 13 characters in the VIN, not the 17 characters that became universal in the 80's
As the owner of a bus now, don't you need to change your "still looking for my bus" tag in your profile? Or have you misplaced it already?
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Old 10-12-2019, 03:19 PM   #14
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I Googled "truck VIN decoder" and tried them out.

What I got was the same as the "car" VIN decoders. I plugged in the VIN from my Bluebird and received the same results. Either a scam trying to get you to pay for the results or a genuine decoder that tells me make, model and engine. No other info like transmission or rear gears.

I have had good success calling the manufacturer with VIN or body service number. Very detailed information is readily available from your local Bluebird or International dealer. I have not tried Thomas.
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I Googled "truck VIN decoder" and tried them out.

What I got was the same as the "car" VIN decoders. I plugged in the VIN from my Bluebird and received the same results. Either a scam trying to get you to pay for the results or a genuine decoder that tells me make, model and engine. No other info like transmission or rear gears.

I have had good success calling the manufacturer with VIN or body service number. Very detailed information is readily available from your local Bluebird or International dealer. I have not tried Thomas.
CMV ID: A Web-based VIN Decoder for Trucks, Buses, and Trailers

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I think I've used these two before but I only look for the most basic of info.
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Old 10-12-2019, 11:32 PM   #16
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CMV ID: A Web-based VIN Decoder for Trucks, Buses, and Trailers

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I think I've used these two before but I only look for the most basic of info.
Both yielded make model and engine. No other relevant details.

Try my VIN out and see what you get?

1BABKBXA22F204158
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Old 10-16-2019, 05:47 PM   #17
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What are trying to decode? Are you looking for build sheet or just to know chassis data?
You can use the body number for a Bluebird using the vantage https://vantage.blue-bird.com/Portal/Vantage-Home.aspx
Thomas buses uses the last 7 digits of the VIN, but you have to have a login. Freightliner uses the last 6 digits of the VIN, you must also have an account.
I have access to the Thomas side and would be happy to help if you have a Thomas
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If you have an international, let me know what your vin is and what specific info you want to know.
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As the owner of a bus now, don't you need to change your "still looking for my bus" tag in your profile? Or have you misplaced it already?
tried to do that the other day - answered all/most of the questions but nothing changed
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