This is Ed dezz, I did introduce myself a few mths . back when I purchased the 1987newell took me this long
to find the coach number .and the number is....386. ! but for some reason I wanted to share that little bit of news
with this board.
Here's an excellent post by Michael and Georgia Day explaining how to determine your coach number:
Originally Posted by fulltiming
Interesting question. The real answer with your 1982 is 'I don't know' and to the best of my knowledge there is no easy way to determine that information. From 1967-1983 there were a total of 384 Newell's built (I believe). So your was probably from the first 370 Newell's ever built. HOWEVER, a build number was not part of the VIN number at that time and the coach numbers you see posted by owners on this site do not match up with the information I just gave.
Let me delve further into this subject. Newell changed their numbering schema several times over the years. Your 1982 has the advantage of falling into the currently federally-mandated VIN system, which was implemented in 1980. Unfortunately, you are outside the beginning of the second most recent Newell numbering schema which began in 1983 but was only incorporated into the VIN in April 1989 with deliver of the Series 2000 coaches. Beginning in 1983, Newell began an internal numbering system starting with coach 1. However, even that number was not utilized in the VIN. Beginning with the Series 2000 coaches, the last three digits of the VIN corresponded with Newell's internal number, which was 214 at that time. Since April 1989, the last three digits of the VIN have been referred to as the Coach #. Prior to that time, there is not that I am aware of, an easy way to determine a coach number and if you did, it would conflict with numbers used in the VIN due to the 384 coaches built prior to the numbering system begun in 1983.
Now, one further spin on the ball. In 2006, Newell changed the numbering system used in the VIN to account for the 'missing years' of Newell coach construction. During 2006, Newell skipped forward in VIN numbers to get the number in the VIN to match the actual number of Newell's constructed since the first coach in 1967. So, you will find no coaches with VIN numbers between about 816 (that may not be exactly correct but was the preliminary estimate of the coach number change) and 1200 (the preliminary estimate of the first of the 'new' coach numbers).
So unfortunately, those with Newell classics don't have an easily discernable coach # like those beginning with the Series 2000 and extending through the current P200i's.