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Old 08-02-2010, 10:08 PM   #11
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RE: URGENT! NEED TO LOCATE VIN NUMBER ON FORD B700

Dear Friends:

You will not believe what happened! As I informed before, the tax office was insisting that we had to find a VIN number ON the frame rails. We searched without success on both rails and found nothing. On different visits to the DMV, their own personnel searched for it on the rails for hours, and found nothing.

Most honorable MR M1031 was certainly right on this one!


On our trip to the state capital to the Federal customs office with the bus, it rained very hard. Rain came in under the windshield into the cockpit. Because of this, when we got back, we removed the defroster steel trims from under both windshields to locate the leak.

There we found a metal plate stamped with the VIN number, and a few other numbers. Now, get this: The metal plate was just laying there, not fastened to anything.

So my body shop guy drilled two holes in the plate and frame, and riveted it next to the driver’s side windshield post. He also applied some special black glue under the plate before riveting.

We went down today, and voila! We finally got our plates, after only 3.5 hours wait! 99 days, 6 trips to the local DMV office, 2 trips to State Police headquarters in the state capital, 2 trips to the DMV in the state where the bus was previously registered, and one trip to the customs office in the state capital…

Anybody else with a Thomas body have a VIN number plate inside the defroster vents?

Thanks to all who offered their tips!!! Be blessed!
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Old 08-02-2010, 11:13 PM   #12
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Re: RE: URGENT! NEED TO LOCATE VIN NUMBER ON FORD B700

Glad you finally worked it out. Sorry my info. wasn't of any help. I see that they did things a great deal differently on the older buses.
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Old 08-02-2010, 11:42 PM   #13
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Re: RE: URGENT! NEED TO LOCATE VIN NUMBER ON FORD B700

Hey, Mr. Bus-Ted: You tried very hard to help, and I am very thankfull for your efforts!
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