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Old 02-04-2015, 12:02 PM   #1
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Reading VIN Numbers

Hello all.
I'm looking at used class a coaches on ford and chevy chassis. Any one know how to break down a GM and the Ford vin to determined what engine and chassis they have.I know F 53 is ford and the p series for chevy.( 1997 to 2000)
I would like to be able to verify engine size and HP.
When did the workhorse start?
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Old 02-04-2015, 03:19 PM   #2
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There are many VIN Decoders on the web.. Some of them will tell you how to break it down.. Alas, I no longer have the resources but if you have a friend who is a police officer or motor carrier officer they may have NATB truck books in their breifcase,, This book gives the break down for recent years.

True story: There is a program (Vin-Assist) used by law enforcement, written on a VIC-20 by a FBI agent who brought it to me for demo/testing, We put together a fake vin (Chevy type) dang if it did not turn out to be a legit Chevy Vin... What are the odds of that happening (Actually I know the answer to that, but that I can not say). he was impressed,,, It was later ported to DOS and now runs as a DOS app under Windows.
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Old 02-04-2015, 08:08 PM   #3
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Hello all.
I'm looking at used class a coaches on ford and chevy chassis. Any one know how to break down a GM and the Ford vin to determined what engine and chassis they have.I know F 53 is ford and the p series for chevy.( 1997 to 2000)
I would like to be able to verify engine size and HP.
When did the workhorse start?
Thank you
Tom.
Workhorse began in the middle of model year 1999, and continued making the P32 model chassis thru model year 2005. ALL P32 chassis have either a "3" or a "5" in the sixth vin # position. ALL workhorse built chassis have "5B4" as the first three characters in the vin #. When WCC started making the W series chassis they used a "6" in the sixth vin # position to indicate both W20 and W22 chassis.
Regarding the motor, prior to 2001 all the GM/WCC gassers were 454 cu. in. and then they all got the 8.1L (496 cu. in.)

I believe the older F53 chassis had the 460 V-8 and then they went to the V-10, but I'll leave it to the Ford guys to provide specifics.
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