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89 VIN lookup?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by deadeye, Jul 22, 2006.

  1. deadeye

    deadeye Registered Member

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    Hey everyone,
    I did a search for VIN and found a couple of replies to the same question, but the links I got only went up to 87, are there any for post 87, like for my 89 k3500? Actually I’m trying to confirm it is a K3500 and not a C3500. The front end shop I go to says it’s a C3500
     
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    4X4HIGH 1 ton status Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    K is 4wd C is 2wd. That should make it easier. Actually in 1987 or 1988 the K designation changed to V for 4wd for the old body and R for 2wd
     
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    spearchucker 1/2 ton status

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    According to my 89 factory manual C/R= 4x2 and K/V= 4x4, both conventional cabs.
     
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    deadeye Registered Member

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    Kool, so it is a K, I thought so, it is a 4x4 dually. It is a crew cab, that is not conventional is it? I’m thinking conventional is 2 door w/o an extension??

    Thanks, surprised with the the and number of people viewing.
     
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    spearchucker 1/2 ton status

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    The only chasis types it lists are conventional cab, D=military truck, G=van, P=forward control, S/T= small conventional cab, and M=small van.
     
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    deadeye Registered Member

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    Thanks Metrodps,
    The 5th digit does not match, that decoder says it should be either a ‘C’ of a ‘K’, but my VIN states ‘V’, hm. Wonder if it may be that they swapped that with the V that both spearchucker and 4X4HIGH commented on.
    The other thing digit that does not match is the plant code. I have a J and they list E, Pontiac, F, Flint, Z Fort Wayne, 1 Oshawa. I'm goingto verify it right now on the registration.
    The rest fits, crew, 4x4, and the weight.
     
  8. spearchucker

    spearchucker 1/2 ton status

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    J=Janesville, WI

    I think Metrodps' link is for the 'newer' body style.
     
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    1BadK-30 1/2 ton status

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    i had this same question before i was told by dremu to try out his 73-87 and it came up perfect. here is the link to his decoder

    http://brochures.slosh.com/vindecoder.html


    here is what it did for me.

    Country: Canada
    Model year: 1989
    Made by: General Motors - truck
    Drive: 2WD
    Engine: 454 V8 HD
    Series: 1 ton (30/35)
    Body: Stake/platform
    Plant: Oshawa
    Serial #: 238771
     
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    Metrodps Strange but nice guy Premium Member GMOTM Winner Author

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    The link I gave was for 1988 to 1998 I thought he wanted it for an 1989 Yes the 1987 went to R and V instead or C and K my 1987 is a V series
     
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    for the trucks that retained the 81-87 bodystyle for 88-91 (some 1 tons, Blazers, and Burbs) the "K" would be replaced by a "V", and for a 2wd truck, the "C" would be replaced by an "R"
     

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