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trying to find my old car

I am trying to locate my old chevelle and have the VIN and a title # but cannot seem to get any of the owner info. I am wanting to contact the current owner to see about purchasing the car back for my son to drive.....any suggestions on how to get this info will be greatly appreciated.......car is titled in Illinois.
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  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,668
    Well you could post an ad in Hemmings Motor News but with a common car like this it's a real long shot. If it were a special SS model with a big block, it *might* appear in a Chevelle Club registry but if it's just a regular production Chevelle with no special options there would be no records for a car this old. You'd have to pretty much find the person you sold it to, if you remember, and interrogate them, and they in turn interrogate the next person, etc. Another long shot is to attend car shows in your area....you never know, and if it's a 68 or newer, you can peek at the VIN numbers on the windshield post or dashpad.

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  • itochuitochu Posts: 107
    Any ideas on how to locate an old car that I had in NY State - I do not have the VIN and there were not titles in 1968. 1968 Camaro SS/RS 396/350HP Convertible with Turbo400, gauges, tic toc clock, butternut yellow and black
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,668
    You could also put an ad in Hemmings Motor News and/or write a letter to Hemmings Muscle Machines. Some auction companies keep a VIN database of cars they've sold but I don't know if they give out that info or not.

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  • if anyone can give any help on this please do. im trying to find my dadas 68 bird. it was sold to my cousin who died suddenly. i have the vin # and know what state it was last regiestered in but thats it
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,668
    The DMV of that state could probably trace it but I doubt they would give you such information unless it was requested through law enforcement.

    Otherwise, you have to do a "previous owner" interview, and the owner before that, etc etc., which in your case would have to be someone in your cousin's family.

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  • I am trying to find my fathers 1968 Camaro RS but i dont know where to start it has the small block but is running at 550 Horse with a 2000 stall. No stick or paddles to shift it uses the orignal auto shifter which has been made into a 3 speed. It was blue with stripes. He had traded it in 1972 for a yellow 68 convertable vette at the downtown Chevy dealership that is now called Don Wheaton chev olds LTD. but I don't know where to go or what to do.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,668
    You could put an ad in Hemmings Motor News with the VIN # if you know it. If you don't know the VIN chances of finding it are pretty slim. Depends also on how long ago you last saw it. Being a modified car, it could be dead by now.

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  • baileymbaileym Posts: 1
    My dad used to own a 1970 Dodge Challenger 340 hardtop, but he sold it before i was born. He died 16 years ago and I really want to find his exact car. How can I do that?
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,668
    Pretty near impossible unless you know the VIN or can at least locate the person who bought it. See post #8. You can always put an ad in Hemmings Motor News giving your dad's name, description of the car and when it was sold. A real long long shot but you never know. People sometimes find notes in bottles washed up on the beach, too.

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  • mbw7890mbw7890 Posts: 1
    What state do you live in?
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,926
    found

    this whole thing reminds me of a book on cd i bought years ago by some 40+ year old guy who tried to relive his high school years over again.
    one of the the chapters involved him looking for the camaro berlinetta he owned back then.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,668
    Yeah, offering a 1/4 million reward could speed up the detective work considerably :P

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  • Hi, Old DMV records wont help. If you know a private investigator or are good friends with your insurance agent, they might help. I have background in law enforcement. A P,I, if they have access, can request a body vin search on the vehicles history records. Ask your insurance agent or a local old car appraiser. they might have access to certain computer records on old vehicles.. It's a monthly fee they pay for the service...

    Good Luck
    Mike

    p/s I bought a 67 chevelle from Spencer, Mass about 8 yrs ago... What was the factory colors of your???
  • Try Galen Govier, he is a mopar expert and has been keeping records of cars like your dads for years.

    web link; www.gvgovier.com

    Good Luck
    Mike
  • levarlevar Posts: 1
    some work but got stoll from my place still looking for it today tags number is jhg 260. md plats washington state if you have info. my email is levarfear@hotmail.com
  • oregonboyoregonboy Posts: 1,653
    W'all dem ol' boys dat stoll it ripped out the Kraco sterio an pushed it offin da cliff inta dead mans ravine where its been home ta 27 littr of field mouse. :P
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,668
    While I can't say that finding a 1964 Corvair is in and of itself a happy ending, I really like the part where he found trinkets and secret keys and other bits of memories.

    I'm also amazed the cost of restoration was only $18,000---oh wait, it says he stopped counting at $18,000.

    I figure if I had to pay someone to do most of the work, in California it would be about $50K to do a really nice job.

    But wow, what a co-incidence. I wouldn't mind finding by brother's old 1965 Fitch Corvair!

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  • I am looking for the '55 Chevy that my father traded for an Orange '29 Model A Ford back in '70-'71. This is a very distinctive car. As in when He first built it back in '66 it had a 361 Dodge Engine bored out to 372 c.i., Big Cam dual AFB carbs, Fender Well Headers, Torque-Flite Trans and a Dodge Rear end. The car itself was a 2dr hardtop with a fiberglass flip-up front end. Straight Axle front end with small tires in the front and big ones in the back - like a "Gasser". Painted a beautiful Briarwood Brown Metallic. He lived in Torrance, CA in '71. When he traded it to a guy that was in service (Army?...Navy?...). Would really just like 2 know if anyone knows where it is now!? Thanks in advance for any and all help
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,668
    you should put an ad in Hemmings Motor News and describe the car as you did here---probably that car would have been saved, unless of course it got smashed up.

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  • Back in 1976 I bought a 1974 Dodge Charger. I would love to find that car.
    Anyone know where I begin?

    Thank you,

    Shirley
  • ship4ldship4ld Posts: 2
    I'm trying to find my first car. 1968 Ford Mustang. I could use some ideas, I don't have the vin number. Thanks
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,668
    Pretty near impossible to find old cars like these, especially if you don't have a VIN. Neither state DMVs nor CARFAX keep records that old, and unless the car was a low production collectible, car clubs probably don't keep registries. If you have a VIN, you can try advertising in Hemmings Motor News---a long shot but someplace to start. Besides, chances are pretty slim in the case of a Dodge Dart that it has survived--somebody might restore a '68 Mustang (depending on what it is), but with no VIN, that's a whole lotta cars to track down.

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  • ship4ldship4ld Posts: 2
    Thanks, My Mustang was the sudan or not a fast back, It had the cougar kit with factory air center consal map lights. My Grandparents ordered it special from the factory. And it had hood without the vents. Has a 289 and automadic trans.I gave it to my brother when I joined the millitary. He traded it in for a 88 Bronko 2 in Scottsdale AZ. I'm still hoping to find it, I would love to take my Grandma for a ride in it again, she really loved her car.
    Have a good one and thanks again.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,668
    I wonder, even if by some miracle, the car crossed your path (assuming it stayed local), would you even recognize it after, no doubt, some restoration work?

    I mean, Mustangs were made pretty much like cookies, so if one is the same color and trim as another, it might be hard to identify---unless you made some secret repair somewhere that only you can identify. There are stories about formerly owned cars being identified because of a certain repair weld or customization.

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  • mwygantmwygant Posts: 1
    I BOUGHT A NEW 1967 CHEVELLE SS 396 IN JULY OR AUGUST 1967.I DONT KNOW THE VIN .IS THERE A WAY TO TRACE THIS CAR?
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,668
    I seriously doubt it, unless by some fortuitous accident of you knowing and tracking down the previous buyers. How could you possibly know it was your car even if you found a similar one? Maybe if it still had its old plates (unlikely) and you had a photo of the old plates from a snapshot?

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  • 49fordman49fordman Posts: 2
    I am trying to find my 1st car-1964 Ford Galaxie 500 Fastback, powder blue with a black top bought from then later traded into Crescent Chevrolet (now closed), Des Moines Ia. about 1971. Also trying to find my parents 1958 Chevy Biscayne station wagon, turquoise and white, also traded into Crescent about 1964.
    Any ideas please?
    Thanks!
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,668
    Pretty hopeless without a trail of previous owners and without a VIN number.

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  • Ok here are several suggestions:
    Local junk yards(most junks yards are online now-use the internet
    Free ad magazines,
    You can post whatever info you have within 200 miles of where the cars were last seen.

    Join Ford and Chevy clubs & post your ad. Most of them are free especially when your looking for cars.

    Log onto auction companies like Barrett-jackson.com and mecum.com auctions. they keep archives on line so you can look for old auctions where they sold cars. If someone restored the cars they might have sold them at on of these auctions.

    Good Luck
    Mike
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