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PostPosted: Thu Feb 12, 2009 8:08 pm    Post subject: Automated M-Plate decoder Reply with quote

Hey guys, I got sick of trying to decode m-plates by cross referencing all the different pages on Type2.com. It is a great resource, but seems like a lot of leg work every time you want to decode something.

Anyway, so a couple months ago I started working on this automated decoder where you could put in the various numbers and letters on the m-plate itself into boxes on a webpage that are approximately lined up to where the they are on the actual m-plate.

So, I actually forgot about this little side project until recently. I can hardly even remember where I was in the process. I know the 70+ models decoder doesn't work right at all. [UPDATE: 02/15/2009--THE 70+ DECODER IS WORKING!]

However, I think I was close to done with the 68-69 decoder as long as the codes were entered into the right blocks.

I was wondering if any of you that have 68 or 69 model year buses would take the time to properly enter your m-plate data into the page and see if it spits back information that looks right. Remember, this is essentially just regergitating the same thing you would get if you manually decoded it on type2.com--just a lot easier and faster.

I make no warranties or anything here, and the page may straight bomb out on you--but I would like any constructive feedback that you all could provide.

The page is here:
http://www.alltheprettybuses.com/_d_decoder.asp

Oh, and the page is only for bays...because I'm cold like that. Splitty owners will just have to do things the hard way. Twisted Evil

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The M-Plate can be found here:
M-Plate Location

Another M-Plate decoder if needed:
Type 2 M-Plate decoder

Edited 3/7/15
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 12, 2009 9:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice work I vote sticky VW Logo
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 12, 2009 9:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I second that motion
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 12, 2009 9:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

HERE HERE!!
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 12, 2009 10:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No kiddin..nice work. How was it to get it programed and stuff.
Good luck on the 70-79 decoder Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 12, 2009 10:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

make it a sticky!

ill put my m code in tomorrow
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 13, 2009 7:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks guys, I don't think this needs to be a sticky at this point but some people entering m-codes and validating some of the output would really help a lot.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 13, 2009 7:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

PicklePickle wrote:
validating some of the output would really help a lot.


Just go through the big m-code thread and start typing; see if it matches.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 13, 2009 7:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Riguy718 wrote:
No kiddin..nice work. How was it to get it programed and stuff.
Good luck on the 70-79 decoder Smile


The logic is written in thrown together Microsoft Classic ASP and uses a SQL Server 2005 database to pull the m-code data from and parse it out into meaningful information. It's not hard, just a little time consuming.

Once the basic logic is done, I'll add more fancy error checking and bells and whistles.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 13, 2009 8:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

EZ Gruv wrote:
PicklePickle wrote:
validating some of the output would really help a lot.


Just go through the big m-code thread and start typing; see if it matches.


Done that, however true software testing requires that others attempt the same. Software testing by the author is virtually worthless.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 13, 2009 8:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have added it to the helpful threads at the site moderators request. No sticky necessary. A search of M-Code or M-Plate will return the post.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 13, 2009 8:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is a wonderful idea. Can't wait to see it completed.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 13, 2009 10:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

THANK YOU!
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 13, 2009 6:10 pm    Post subject: 1969 Campmobile 9147318 Reply with quote

mkay so i put my mcode in:
11 3
518 697
21 426 F67 507 517
UF 2310 523331 9147318

heres what i had before, thanks to calebmelvin:
calebmelvin wrote:

11 3 Production date, 3rd month, 11th day = March 11th, 1969
518 Opening in roof with reinforcement for Westfalia pop-up roof
697 Fitted with continental-manufactured tyres
21 Engine/Gearbox 1600, 47bhp, manual trans
426 Group of Codes:
__020 Speedometer with odometer in miles
__089 Laminated windscreen glass
__511 Padded dashboard and dashboard lid
__524 USA and Canada specifications

F67 SO67 Westfalia Campmobile, 67F
507 Ventilation windows in cabin doors
517 Factory pr-paired for Campmobile interior
UF Destination code USA, San Francisco
2310 Kombi, LHD, Sliding door right, Standard Version
523331 Montana Red Westfalia Color Combo
9 147318 1969, serial # 147318


heres what the decoder gave me:
decoder wrote:

Decode Results:
Production Date: March, 11
Exported To: USA, port: San Diego, CA (?)
Designation: Kombi
Engine KW (BHP): 35 (47)
Transmission Type: manual
Engine: 157
Transmission Code: -
Extras Code: -
Paint / Interior
Paint Scheme: montana red
Paint Codes: L30H
Paint Notes: code for Westfalia campmobiles (type 23)
Interior Scheme:
Interior Material:
Interior Notes: This model has a special paint code which means no interior info is available
Options
518: Campmobile with pop-up roof
697: ???
426: Specifications for the USA M020, M047, M102, sealed beem headlamps... (?)
F67: ??? Westfalia SO67 interior ???
507: Vent wings in cab doors
517: Campmobile


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 13, 2009 6:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Killer App, ya code nerd!
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 13, 2009 7:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice work! Let me know when you need testers for the later bays.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 13, 2009 8:07 pm    Post subject: 1968 double cab 8054359 Reply with quote

This:
Decode Results:
Production Date: November, 23
Exported To:
Designation:
Engine KW (BHP):
Transmission Type:
Engine:
Transmission Code:
Extras Code:
Paint / Interior
Paint Scheme: pearl white
Paint Codes: L87
Paint Notes:
Interior Scheme:
Interior Material:
Interior Notes:
Options
426: Specifications for the USA M020, M047, M102, sealed beem headlamps... (?)
507: Vent wings in cab doors
525: Three-point safety belts front, left and right and lap belts in passenger compartment
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23N

21 426 507 525

UO 2650 131336 8054359

This is the m-plate from my 68 double cab.
it's not picking up any of the last line OR else I don't know what i'm doing!

This will be a great help once you get all the bugs worked out!
Keep up the great work!
Thanks!
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 13, 2009 9:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

tom62 wrote:
This:
Decode Results:
Production Date: November, 23
Exported To:
Designation:
Engine KW (BHP):
Transmission Type:
Engine:
Transmission Code:
Extras Code:
Paint / Interior
Paint Scheme: pearl white
Paint Codes: L87
Paint Notes:
Interior Scheme:
Interior Material:
Interior Notes:
Options
426: Specifications for the USA M020, M047, M102, sealed beem headlamps... (?)
507: Vent wings in cab doors
525: Three-point safety belts front, left and right and lap belts in passenger compartment
from this
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.

23N

21 426 507 525

UO 2650 131336 8054359

This is the m-plate from my 68 double cab.
it's not picking up any of the last line OR else I don't know what i'm doing!

This will be a great help once you get all the bugs worked out!
Keep up the great work!
Thanks!


your missing the 2nd line on your m plate. perhaps you did not put the numbers in the right boxes.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 13, 2009 10:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Enjoispammy is correct please verify that you are not entering anything on the second line.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 13, 2009 11:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice! It's good that you put the effort into it. I'm patiently awaiting the decoder for the later model buses. Cool
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