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VIN Decoder Program
« on: June 19, 2004, 11:53:42 PM »
Using information gained from this site and the mustangii.org site, I have written a BASIC program to decode 1971-80 Ford/Mercury VINs. The program also deciphers the paint codes. I will update it to include some other codes as I have time.

It includes the codes for Pintos, Bobcats, Mustang IIs, Mavericks, and some other Fords.

It's not pretty...it's your basic BASIC text program. No flashy graphic interface.

It's not perfect...it generally doesn't discern between real VINs and fabricated VINs. But if you have an actual VIN for a Ford vehicle from 1971 - 1980, it'll tell you what came off the assembly line.

I also need to find the body codes for Mercury Comets as well as some other Ford vehicles so I can implement those into the program.

Currently, I have version 1.0 online at:
www.geocities. com/mopac_fan/poison_pinto/vin.bas

Any corrections, modifications, suggestions, et ceteras are appreciated. Either leave a message in this thread or email me at:

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Re:VIN Decoder Program
« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2004, 12:33:43 PM »
I am currently updating the program.

Version 1.1 will include the following additions:
Revised entry prompts;
Trim codes for Pintos, Bobcats, and Mustang IIs;
Axle codes;
Transmission codes.
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Re:VIN Decoder Program
« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2004, 12:27:51 AM »
The update is now on my website:

www.geocities. com/mopac_fan/poison_pinto/vin.bas

You may need QBASIC to run the program. If you need it, run a search for QBASIC or QBASIC2000. Geocities won't let me upload an ".exe" extension to my site or I'd have it there for you.

The program does VIN codes for Pintos, Bobcats (both U.S.A. and Canadian models), Mustang IIs, and Mavericks as well as some other 1970s Fords (Galaxie 500s, Thunderbirds, Rancheros, etc.) It also does transmission, rear end, and interior codes.

So, if you want to know what your car's setup is (or if you want to know what it came off the assembly line with), get the various codes off the driver's-side door jam and enter them into the program.

As always, if there's a question or correction, let me know at:

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Re:VIN Decoder Program
« Reply #3 on: June 21, 2004, 11:30:44 AM »
If you want, I should be able to upload it as an exe on my site.
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Re:VIN Decoder Program
« Reply #4 on: June 21, 2004, 07:19:24 PM »
Version 1.2 (6/21/04) is now online.

Corrected problem with getting Mustang II interior descriptions for other vehicles when legitimate transmission code was entered.
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Re:VIN Decoder Program
« Reply #5 on: June 26, 2004, 01:07:42 AM »
Ok I have d/l qbasic from m$ how do I import the code into the program?  Can I just save it with file ex .bas or do I need to do something else?  I tried to copy, new file and paste but it won't let me do that.  Clue me in please.
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Re:VIN Decoder Program
« Reply #6 on: June 28, 2004, 07:19:03 PM »
Save both qbasic. exe and vin.bas in your C:\ directory (not in a folder)

Start qbasic.exe and click on File -> Open.

Type either "vin.bas" or "*.bas" (don't use the quotations) in the File Name box (*.bas will show all files with the .bas extension to choose from)

Select vin.bas (if you used the *.bas option)

Click on Run -> Start in the qbasic menu.
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Re:VIN Decoder Program
« Reply #7 on: June 29, 2004, 11:09:44 AM »
Well therein lies the problem.  I can't "save as" and get .bas as a file extension option!  Any other ideas?
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Re:VIN Decoder Program
« Reply #8 on: June 29, 2004, 12:47:00 PM »
You shouldn't have to "save as." When you download the program from my site, just left click on the link, click the "Save" button to save it directly to your computer. A window will open that lets you choose which folder to put it in, choose to save it in the C:\ directory.

You most likely don't have your computer set up to recognize the .bas extension. To add .bas to recognized file types, go to Start -> Control Panel -> Folder Options -> File Types. Click on the "New" button and then the "Advanced" button. You can enter "BAS" in the File Extension box and "BAS File" in the "Associated File Type" box. Then where it says "Opens With," click on "Change" and "Select Program from List." Select QBASIC.exe. Finish by clicking the "Apply" button.

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Re:VIN Decoder Program
« Reply #9 on: June 29, 2004, 11:23:30 PM »
Hey Joel, I have a little "kung fu" (X-files reference) after all.  I put in the info from the 76 I looked at today.  It worked and gave me what I thought was valid info.  One suggestion...c hanging the code to accept lower case letters would be an improvement but as it is it's SWEET!
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Re:VIN Decoder Program
« Reply #10 on: June 29, 2004, 11:29:33 PM »
Glad you got it working.

Allowing lower case is simple enough. I'll do so.

(It means you'll have to download the program again to get that functionality, however).
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Re: VIN Decoder Program
« Reply #11 on: September 15, 2004, 10:21:40 PM »
I just tried to download the file, and it comes as a text file. I can't save it to use it in basic... Am I doing something wrong?
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Re: VIN Decoder Program
« Reply #12 on: September 20, 2004, 10:17:13 PM »
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You most likely don't have your computer set up to recognize the .bas extension. To add .bas to recognized file types, go to Start -> Control Panel -> Folder Options -> File Types. Click on the "New" button and then the "Advanced" button. You can enter "BAS" in the File Extension box and "BAS File" in the "Associated File Type" box. Then where it says "Opens With," click on "Change" and "Select Program from List." Select QBASIC.exe. Finish by clicking the "Apply" button.
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Re: VIN Decoder Program
« Reply #13 on: September 20, 2004, 10:26:12 PM »
I had already tried that once, and it still was in text format, but I'll try it again to see. I do have the .bas extension, so I know that's ok, but I'll try again.
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Re: VIN Decoder Program
« Reply #14 on: September 20, 2004, 10:48:45 PM »
You're left clicking on the link.

Right click.

Right.

That would be like...the accelerator pedal on your mouse.
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Re: VIN Decoder Program
« Reply #15 on: September 20, 2004, 11:30:29 PM »
Found out what I was doing wrong.. I was saving the file the right way, but not knowing how to use basic, I failed to notice where the screen said to press F5 to begin the program.

Once I did that all worked ok.

Thanx for the help
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