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PostPosted: Wed Feb 11, 2015 10:04 am    Post subject: M-Plate Location FAQ Reply with quote

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M-Plate Decoders
Enter the M-Plate information in the decoder and click on decode.
http://alltheprettybuses.com/_d_decoder.asp
http://www.vw-mplate.com/mcode.php
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http://www.type2.com/m-codes/

M-Plate Locations
1968-76 M-Plate is located behind the left front seat.
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1977-79 M-Plate is located on the fresh air vent under the dash on the left side. Dust it off and take a picture of it.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 12, 2015 7:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've been looking for a year for mine Crying or Very sad
Finally found it Very Happy behind the RIGHT as in ,,,,passengers seat Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 20, 2015 4:02 pm    Post subject: Re: M-Plate Location Reply with quote

So you can't get to it without pulling the instrument cluster on a 78?
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 20, 2015 4:21 pm    Post subject: Re: M-Plate Location Reply with quote

Only if you want to look straight down on it, reach up in there and take a pic with a phone, or use a mirror, or make a rubbing of it, or squish some playdoh on it and read the impression Wink
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 29, 2016 11:39 am    Post subject: Re: M-Plate Location Reply with quote

I have no tag behind any of the front seats..
The only thing that I have found, besides the one that is under the dash is this...

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 29, 2016 11:44 am    Post subject: Re: M-Plate Location Reply with quote

This one is where yours is......riveted to the fresh air ducting under the dash (3" above the "yellow wire and painted green to make it easy).


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 29, 2016 12:00 pm    Post subject: Re: M-Plate Location Reply with quote

Thanks!
I found it... trying to get numbers and letters that I can read...
Tried the phone picture thing and that was a NO GO...
So, tried the pencil and paper trick (stencil) got a few numbers, but I am trying to read what I have now...
Working on it...
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 29, 2016 12:05 pm    Post subject: Re: M-Plate Location Reply with quote

Post it when you decode it.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 29, 2016 12:10 pm    Post subject: Re: M-Plate Location Reply with quote

This is a big bummer...
I cant read what I've been trying to stencil... Sad
Got a few numbers, but none of it is making any sense right now...
Work in progress...
Thanks for the help..
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 07, 2021 12:29 pm    Post subject: Re: M-Plate Location FAQ Reply with quote

Could a kind soul helpe figure out exact date of manufacture from my m code plate?

The info Ive found on this site doesnt seem to apply to my plate

for example date of manufacture doesnt make sense; top left

or is it just simple as the 12th?


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 07, 2021 1:34 pm    Post subject: Re: M-Plate Location FAQ Reply with quote

Hello, scuba steve. Happy Birthday Bus, coming up in a few days...

Date of birth: "planned production date" Monday Feb. 15th 1971 .
So, the decoder I use says for your bus. and it's pastel white L90D and your chassis number is #2312148072 on the dash tag? Correct?
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 07, 2021 8:03 pm    Post subject: Re: M-Plate Location FAQ Reply with quote

Heya Angus;

Thanks so much!!

Thats exactly why I was askin haha

50th comin up soon 😁

p.s.
you are spot on with the vin
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 12, 2021 11:13 am    Post subject: Re: M-Plate Location FAQ Reply with quote

My British specification, 1973 model-year (manufactured in late-August or early-September 1972), RHD VW 1600 Type 2 Kombi (i.e. Type 23-517) Westfalia Continental motor-caravan does NOT have any M-code plates or stickers of any description that I can find. There are certainly none behind the cab seats on either side.
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PostPosted: Fri May 06, 2022 8:30 am    Post subject: Re: M-Plate Location FAQ Reply with quote

I believe I will need a little help and will be grateful for it from others who may know what I can't sort out. I expect to take a better photo of my M-code plate when I remove my dash pod, but for now, I put my phone under the dash to get these photos. I believe one must be a part time contortionist to get proper photos of the M-plate this way.

This is my interpretation of my M-plate information:

1. Serial number

2. 227 = detachable headrests

3. 246 = laminated windshield

4. paint code 9832 = Mexico Beige

5. ED = Brown Plaid upholstery

6. Production date: Wednesday, December 13, 1978 ???

7. ??? Number for production planning

8. Export destination: TR ??? I believe my Bus was originally sold in San Diego. Does anyone know if "TR" is the destination code for San Diego?

9. Body model, engine & tranny codes: Campmobile Deluxe, 70 hp, manual transmission. Specifically, right side sliding door, LHD, Campmobile, engine & tranny code: 2.0L & manual.

10. D03: I believe this is a grouped M-code designation, usually grouping sealed beam headlights, rear window defroster, MPH speedometer, etc. However, I've no information relating to this specific code.

11. D27 ??? I believe this may be for CA emissions adherence. Can anybody confirm this?

12. P27 = Westfalia interior code for Berlin Deluxe (stove, sink, refrigerator) with pop-top

13. 005 = heater duct under rear seat/bed

Again, I will appreciate any information.

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PostPosted: Fri May 06, 2022 11:51 am    Post subject: Re: M-Plate Location FAQ Reply with quote

I did find this M-code decoder function and I am very grateful to whomever created this very useful site. https://vw-type2-id.xyz/mplate/decode/

However, I'm still looking for the "TR" destination code information.


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PostPosted: Fri May 06, 2022 12:45 pm    Post subject: Re: M-Plate Location FAQ Reply with quote

creative native wrote:
I did find this M-code decoder function and I am very grateful to whomever created this very useful site.

However, I'm still looking for the "TR" destination code information.


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TR is listed as Transit Reserved, UF is San Francisco and UA is LA.

It was probably port allocated after production. Does it have the Cal House Car tags on the dogleg?
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PostPosted: Fri May 06, 2022 1:31 pm    Post subject: Re: M-Plate Location FAQ Reply with quote

ToolBox wrote:
creative native wrote:
I did find this M-code decoder function and I am very grateful to whomever created this very useful site.

However, I'm still looking for the "TR" destination code information.


TR is listed as Transit Reserved, UF is San Francisco and UA is LA.

It was probably port allocated after production. Does it have the Cal House Car tags on the dogleg?


It does not. However, the original owner had the Bus repainted and I suppose he could have removed the tags at that time?

Thanks for the "TR" information.
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PostPosted: Fri May 13, 2022 4:49 pm    Post subject: Re: M-Plate Location FAQ Reply with quote

Follow up:

I received my Bus's birth certificate and production data sheet from Volkswagen today. I'm posting it here so that anyone in the future who may have questions about M-codes may use this as a reference from VW.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 07, 2022 6:36 am    Post subject: Re: M-Plate Location FAQ Reply with quote

Bad news, good news and a question...

I took the M-Plate and Vin Tag off my bus while it was getting painted. I thought I lost them (bad news).

Just found them yesterday. I was going to reinstall, and want to make sure I put back in the right place. The M-PLate goes behind the driver seat (left side) and the Vin tag goes behind the passenger seat (right side).

This is for a '69 single cab.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 07, 2022 6:46 am    Post subject: Re: M-Plate Location FAQ Reply with quote

kguarnotta wrote:
Bad news, good news and a question...

I took the M-Plate and Vin Tag off my bus while it was getting painted. I thought I lost them (bad news).

Just found them yesterday. I was going to reinstall, and want to make sure I put back in the right place. The M-Tag goes behind the driver seat (left side) and the Vin tag goes behind the passenger seat (right side).

This is for a '69 single cab.

thanks.


you swap terminology half way thru your post.
the M-plate goes behind left seat, drivers seat. I dont know what you mean by m-tag, prob m-plate
and a vin tag? is it long metal plate with vin only? (dash?) bigger plate like M-Plate size, but not the M-plate? a sticker?
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