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Old 01-12-2018, 01:32 PM   #1
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Can the VIN tell you what engine and tranny combo is in it? I'm looking a bus that the seller is not very educated on. He thinks it's a Cummins, but doesn't know much more than that. I am avoiding Cummins 5.9 with a 545.
It's a 2002 Thomas Freightliner, VIN# 4UZAAXBW52CJ73022
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Old 01-12-2018, 01:55 PM   #2
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Model Year 2002
Model FS65
Engine Manufacturer Cummins
Engine Series ISB
Engine Capacity L6, 5.9L (359 CID)
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Old 01-12-2018, 01:59 PM   #3
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Manufacturer Freightliner Custom Chassis
Make Freightliner
Model Year 2002
Model FS65
Engine Manufacturer Cummins
Engine Series ISB
Engine Capacity L6, 5.9L (359 CID)
Fuel Type Diesel
Vehicle Type Incomplete Vehicle
Cab Type None
Drive Line Type 4 x 2
Brake System Hydraulic
Series School Bus
GVWR Class Class 7
Country United States
Assy. Plant Gaffney, SC
Body Type Motor Home - Rear Engine


funny- sticker says made in canada
I'm pretty sure this was a front engine bus. Did they put 5.9 Cummins in rear engine buses?
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Old 01-12-2018, 02:36 PM   #4
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Yes, they put 5.9's in RE's.
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Old 01-12-2018, 03:43 PM   #5
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Can the VIN tell you what engine and tranny combo is in it? I'm looking a bus that the seller is not very educated on. He thinks it's a Cummins, but doesn't know much more than that. I am avoiding Cummins 5.9 with a 545.
It's a 2002 Thomas Freightliner, VIN# 4UZAAXBW52CJ73022
Not normally. Transmission type isn't coded into any VIN #s I've seen.

Dealers can tell you though, and post '92, Blue Bird's site should tell you.
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Old 01-12-2018, 03:54 PM   #6
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I know the vehicle was identified as incomplete, but it had the transmission in it as an incomplete vehicle. It's strange that they aren't listed with the engine on a vin search.
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Oops. Should read "engine and transmission".
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I know the vehicle was identified as incomplete, but it had the transmission in it as an incomplete vehicle. It's strange that they aren't listed with the engine on a vin search.
An "incomplete vehicle" is the VIN for the chassis, engine, transmission and controls when it is delivered to a body-builder to have the body attached.

This designation applies to all buses where the chassis is supplied to the bus company.

Prior to the launch of the Saf-T-Liner it applied to all Thomas buses as they didn't build chassis.
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Not normally. Transmission type isn't coded into any VIN #s I've seen.

Dealers can tell you though, and post '92, Blue Bird's site should tell you.
It's a Thomas Freightliner, was Blue Bird involved in the build?
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It's a Thomas Freightliner, was Blue Bird involved in the build?
No.

Contact Thomas on their webpage and they will be helpful. You should get a return email in a couple of working days.
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