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Old July 21st, 2010, 07:12 PM   #1
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Decoding Vin #s

Everytime I try running my vin # I'm told it has to be 17 characters!!!!
I don't have but 13 on my 68!!!

Can someone please help????

Thanks in advance!!!!!!
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Old July 21st, 2010, 07:33 PM   #2
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where are you running it and what are you trying to find out, there isn't much to a 68 VIN except the model, body style, year made plant it was made at and its sequence number.
344678M123456

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M Lansing
123456 = 23,456 car on the assmebly line (number started at 100,000
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Old July 21st, 2010, 07:50 PM   #3
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Everytime I try running my vin # I'm told it has to be 17 characters!!!!
I don't have but 13 on my 68!!!

Can someone please help????

Thanks in advance!!!!!!
If you post your VIN, one of us can give you the info you want. Maybe also get the cowl tag info, that's also fairly easy to get info off of.
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Old July 21st, 2010, 09:22 PM   #4
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Everytime I try running my vin # I'm told it has to be 17 characters!!!!
I don't have but 13 on my 68!!!

Can someone please help????

Thanks in advance!!!!!!
That's because the on-line VIN services are only designed to handle 17 character VINs, which started in the 1981 model year. In many cases, records for the older cars don't exist electronically.
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Old July 22nd, 2010, 06:00 AM   #5
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If you post your VIN, one of us can give you the info you want. Maybe also get the cowl tag info, that's also fairly easy to get info off of.
342878M137366

This is my vin!!! Thanks!!!
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Old July 22nd, 2010, 06:14 AM   #6
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17-digit vins did not become mandatory until 1981. GM vins were 13-digits through the '60s and 70s. Carfax and other vin seach databases will only work on '81 and up vehicles.
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Old July 22nd, 2010, 07:26 AM   #7
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Check this site out.


http://www.v8cars.hu/oldsvin/decode.php

throw your VIN in and it will tell you...


342878M137366


Year:1968
Division:Oldsmobile
Series:Cutlass Supreme
Body:2dr Coupe
Plant:Lansing, Michigan
Serial #:137366


I do not think your VIN can tell you anything else.

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Old July 22nd, 2010, 12:43 PM   #8
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You the man!!!!!!

Now I've gotta decode the cowl tag!!!!
I think that the info I was really looking for!!!!!!
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Old July 22nd, 2010, 01:15 PM   #9
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I was trying to get an insur. quote last year and they told me their system would not accept my 78 Pinto's vin cause it was too short.
I told them thats all there is - toss in some 0's in front if you want. They ended up quoting me for an 81 escort! Stupid dumb computer systems...
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Old July 22nd, 2010, 01:27 PM   #10
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You the man!!!!!!

Now I've gotta decode the cowl tag!!!!
I think that the info I was really looking for!!!!!!
Post a picture of it or type every character and someone here can/will figure what everything is.
If you have the original engine, the number stamped on it or the oil fill tube may hold some more info.

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Old July 22nd, 2010, 02:53 PM   #11
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The motor didn't come in my car, I pulled it out a 69 Cutlass!!!
I'm just trying to get as much info on my car as I can!!!!
To bad I wasn't lucky enough to find the build sheet hidden in it somewhere!!!!

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Old July 22nd, 2010, 05:09 PM   #12
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I hope Joe or some other guru can verify/correct this. I looked through my '68 service manual and this is what I read.

ST - 68-34287 - 1968 Cutlass Supreme Holiday Coupe (2 door no posts)
BODY - LAN 136500 - Lansing Assembly Plant, 136500 is the Fisher Unit Number (no information can be found in this)
Paint - C-F - C is code for Provincial White (maybe white vinyl top) F is for Teal Frost (Body Color ?)
TR 989 - Sienna (Reddish Brown) interior with Vinyl Bench
10A - Not sure, Might be accent stripe (#10?) in black, A is the code for balck stripe.

This sounds like a oddish color scheme, but it was 1968. A light blue bodied car with white vinyl top and black stripes, with a reddish brown interior.

I hope some one else chimes in an confirms or denies this.

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Old July 22nd, 2010, 05:38 PM   #13
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Man that would have been 1 ugly combo!!! Lol

Thanks,


I believe the body came white with frost blue interior, it had a vinyl top but it was long gone when I got the car!!!

10A is weird because I saw no sign of a stripe!!!!

Hopefully someone else will take a crack at it!!!!
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Old July 22nd, 2010, 05:47 PM   #14
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10A is the build month and week. 1st week of Oct.
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What about TR989??
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Old July 22nd, 2010, 07:32 PM   #17
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I don't think that's correct!!!
My dash & the couple pieces that where in the car are frost teal!!!!
I know the bench seat is what came in it due to the column shifter!!!!
Was it normal to have different color seat and panel pieces????
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Just because it came with a column shifter doesn't mean it didn't come with buckets.
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Old July 22nd, 2010, 09:04 PM   #19
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Just because it came with a column shifter doesn't mean it didn't come with buckets.
You're right about that!!!!!
Smh at the thought of some 442s coming with a front bench seat!!!!
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Old July 22nd, 2010, 09:18 PM   #20
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Here my baby when I first saw her!!!

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Provincial White with a Teal Frost painted roof and a Teal interior. A painted top will have the same stainless trim as a vinyl top equipped car where the two colors meet.
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Old July 22nd, 2010, 09:31 PM   #22
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Well thank you!!!!
I believe you've solved the mystery!!!!!
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I was trying to get an insur. quote last year and they told me their system would not accept my 78 Pinto's vin cause it was too short.
I told them thats all there is - toss in some 0's in front if you want. They ended up quoting me for an 81 escort! Stupid dumb computer systems...
....Which really means the stupid, dumb person who wrote the software!!!

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