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Old 07-30-2016, 07:14 AM   #11
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Thanks for posting those links, folks!

Here's the one I found; not sure if it yields all of the info above, but it's fast and may be of use as a first step:

Gates VIN Decoder
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Old 07-30-2016, 02:58 PM   #12
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I just don't think they want to be bothered.
I think you're right. One guy I called said he didn't know, and when i asked if he could check the service records, he said "the service records don't specify the transmission model." Riiiiiight.......a couple of others did give it out, but acted like I was asking for their first-born male child.

That's when I thought the VIN decoder would help.....but......wrong again.
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Old 07-30-2016, 03:37 PM   #13
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I think you're right. One guy I called said he didn't know, and when i asked if he could check the service records, he said "the service records don't specify the transmission model." Riiiiiight.......a couple of others did give it out, but acted like I was asking for their first-born male child.

That's when I thought the VIN decoder would help.....but......wrong again.
Buying a bus is a difficult process when we can't easily inspect them in person before purchase. :-\
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Old 07-31-2016, 04:01 PM   #14
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Thought I'd add another.......maybe this thread can help someone else in the future.

Freightliner VIN codes

http://www.rvtechlibrary.com/chassis/fliner_VIN.pdf
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Old 08-04-2016, 10:24 AM   #15
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here is the only vin decoder i've seen - for bluebirds

Blue Bird Body Company VIN Equipment Codes
This one has worked pretty well for me, even if it's intended to allow a parts company to cross-ref your vehicle and sell their parts.

Vin Decoder For Automotive Parts | Gates Corporation
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Old 08-04-2016, 04:51 PM   #16
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Bluebird decoder says mine has a cat3208, actual is a t444e
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Old 08-08-2016, 06:15 PM   #17
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A 'more complete" Blue Bird VIN code I found...

https://cptdb.ca/wiki/index.php/Blue...er_Explanation
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Old 08-08-2016, 08:42 PM   #18
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The gates decoder worked for mine
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Old 01-04-2017, 11:00 AM   #19
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interesting, When I use the gates decoder on my Bluebird TC2000 model year 1998, built in 1997, it is wrong for the engine and the GVW. I imagine all the belts and hoses listed will be wrong too.

My bus is one of the last ones to have the 12 valve 5.9 Cummins engines. But it lists as the ISB engine.

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Old 01-04-2017, 01:14 PM   #20
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interesting, When I use the gates decoder on my Bluebird TC2000 model year 1998, built in 1997, it is wrong for the engine and the GVW. I imagine all the belts and hoses listed will be wrong too.

My bus is one of the last ones to have the 12 valve 5.9 Cummins engines. But it lists as the ISB engine.

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Sometimes this "year overlap" happens; it's common with cars. This way a manufacturer can stock dealerships with "next year's models" before the beginning of that year. It can happen with larger vehicles when complying with certain laws such as emissions.
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