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Re: Trailways Red...
Thu Jan 22, 2009 3:15 pm


Manny don't give up I will call Dan and see if they stamped it any other place on the bus he doesn't have internet service now or he could tell us on the board.Have you checked inside the electrical panel under the drivers window I have seen them there before on the 05 models.Manny check for any 4 numbers starting with 79 or 80 Good luck Manny I have one more idea check the rear drive axle for numbers most of those have never been replaced and I can trace it from the rockwell serial number will take me awhile but it can be done.FWIW all Carolina Coach Line buses were renumbered to a 5 digit number instead of the normal 4 digits and 85 was the first 2 numbers

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Re: Trailways Red...
Thu Jan 22, 2009 4:46 pm


Manny,

Have you tried to do a reverse vin search online somewhere? I am not sure they can get back further than the 1978 year which was when the government started tracking vin numbers more closely or not. We had a local constable here that could back track like an old hound dog and he'd moonlight as a private eye. You may need to try something such as this to get to the number you are searching for. I still have all the old framing from the back of the bus lying in the garage and tonight I am going down there and search on them to see if there is any numbers on them for you. I'll let you know what I find.


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Re: Trailways Red...
Thu Jan 22, 2009 6:36 pm


Manny, no luck, I searched every piece of the old tube frame I had down there and I see no sign of my vin number on any of them. Let me know if you need help with the Kentucky Government search.

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Re: Trailways Red...
Thu Jan 22, 2009 6:41 pm


Thanks Kentucky Steve. If you mean something like Carfax, we've already done that and got nowhere. We actually discovered more when we traced it through the FL DMV where it is now titled, but that info only went back as far as NC, that's why we are pursuing NC further. As far as the electrical panel, etc., I have looked everywhere I am physically able to access where there might have been the actual VIN. I just can't believe that it's legal to re-title a vehicle and issue a brand new VIN without keeping any record of the transfer, especially on something that use to be a commercial vehicle, but apparently it is. It does sound like maybe we need a private i, lol. Do you think your person in KY govt. would have a better chance calling the NC DMV than we are having (being private citizens)?
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Re: Trailways Red...
Thu Jan 22, 2009 7:05 pm


Manny,

The problem you are having is getting someone to look up the old title which is probably only on microfilm. I am betting it has to be done on a walk through basis. I will call my connection (family member) at their office in the morning and see what exactly the state of Kentucky's process is. I will see what can be done about getting through to the DMV at NC also. Would you mind to send me your Vin number just in case?

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Re: Trailways Red...
Thu Jan 22, 2009 8:49 pm


Sure thing...1HEMC40D4JK685610. The people in KY were much easier to talk to, they just didn't have any records on our bus. Talking to the people in NC is like trying to get through Ft. Knox. After you stay on hold forever, you can eventually get through to someone in vehicle services, but they won't ever let me get through to the people in the History or Records dept.
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Re: Trailways Red...
Thu Jan 22, 2009 9:30 pm


Manny,85610 is a 1974 model 05 Carolina Bus Line I will have you the Eagle serial number in few days. FWIW it was a 4 speed std transmission, no power steering ,8v71 engine 244 hp, 3.73 rear gear, heating and air with tinted windows and overhead luggage with reading lights good luck

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Re: Trailways Red...
Thu Jan 22, 2009 10:08 pm


Manny, lets see what Clifford comes up with. Looks like he's already ahead of us.

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Re: Trailways Red...
Thu Jan 22, 2009 10:21 pm


We had previously looked into deciphering that VIN #, but it wasn't adding up according to the code the DMV gave us for the meaning of the numbers and letters, and also, we assumed when they re-titled it and issued the new #, there was no correlation to it's original. How can we be sure of what you suspect? If so, we are elated!!! We do know our bus was originally stick, and it does have an 8V71 engine. I thought it was closer to a 1970 because of the electical panel which matched pictures of other electrical panels from that year. Also, one of my bay doors showed an original tag that said "Bus and Car" I may have that stated incorrectly, but I thought those particular buses were made in Germany.
I would also still like to know if it was Carolina Bus Line's procedure to paint their suspensions in the Trailways Red.
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Re: Trailways Red...
Thu Jan 22, 2009 10:27 pm


I have also noticed when I've been in the spare tire bay, that the steering gear box appears to have been replaced with a new one, and it now has power steering. That new gear has a sticker on it identifying it as a Silver Eagle part # from the old Silver Eagle plant in TX. I need to go back and take a picture of that.
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