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Old 07-29-2016, 10:25 PM   #1
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VIN question

Hey......trying to find some info before I start driving around looking at buses. I did a search here but didn't find anything on this.

1) Is there an online decoder that actually gives full info ? I've looked at 6 or 7, but have yet to see any transmission info listed.

2) Under 'Drive Line Type", does 'set back axle' mean a flat-front transit type body style ? And what does '4 X 2' mean ? (I assumed 4 wheels. 2 drive wheels, but of course there are duals on the rear axle).

Any help would be appreciated. My ideal would be a TC2000 9 or 8 window, with a 466 and 5 speed manual. Excited to be past the 'thinking' stage and at the 'actively searching' level.
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Old 07-29-2016, 10:35 PM   #2
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Old 07-29-2016, 10:43 PM   #3
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Either/or. I haven't seen many AAs that short. Or MVPs, for that matter.
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My vin search didn't produce my transmission either...

4x2 refers to 2 wheel drive
4x4 refers to 4 wheel drive
Typically
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here is the only vin decoder i've seen - for bluebirds

Blue Bird Body Company VIN Equipment Codes
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Yes, I've got that one.

Here's one for Thomas.

https://cptdb.ca/wiki/index.php/Thom...er_Explanation
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Either/or. I haven't seen many AAs that short. Or MVPs, for that matter.
THere are more TC's because they're lower cost.
Check out some AmTrans, too. Solid buses.
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And this is the only one I found for International. But it has ALL International vehicles listed....you just have to sift through it for the bus info.

ftp://nhtsa.gov/MfrMail/01-022-N11B-7559.pdf

Really frustrates me that no one provides transmission info.....I don't know why they wouldn't, since they list the engine.
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THere are more TC's because they're lower cost.
Check out some AmTrans, too. Solid buses.
Thank you, sir, I've been looking at those as well. Can't find any online VIN info for them, though.
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And this is the only one I found for International. But it has ALL International vehicles listed....you just have to sift through it for the bus info.

ftp://nhtsa.gov/MfrMail/01-022-N11B-7559.pdf

Really frustrates me that no one provides transmission info.....I don't know why they wouldn't, since they list the engine.
This is bureaucracy at its best. The people who list the buses for sale/auction know nothing except that they are big and yellow. I just don't think they want to be bothered. If you call the contact numbers, you can usually have basic questions, like tranny model, answered by the maintenance garage.
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