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    Godson - 1993 Chevrolet Corvette Z07

    Ever since I could remember, I loved Corvettes. I mean LOVED them. I probably have more books about the Corvette than I did books for nursing school. I have always been interested in owning one, but because of my love of them, I was afraid I would be let down. It’s that whole “Never meet your idols” kinda thing. After months of searching various cars for a track toy, both casually and semi-seriously across the country. Having many different people look at many different C4 Corvettes, some of which were bought from under me, I finally bought one.

    Here are the details:


    Torch Red (All Corvettes are red)
    Black leather interior
    300hp, 340lb/ft torque LT1
    6-Speed manual (ZF S6-40 black label)
    Z07 Suspension (FX3, same as ZR-1) Only 841 were built in 1993
    13" Front Disc brakes, 12" Rear disc (J55 build code, part of Z07 package and same as ZR-1)
    Faster Steering rack (part of the Z07 package)
    Power driver and Passenger Seats
    Leather Sports Seats
    Both Plexiglass and painted roof panels
    Electronic Air Conditioning
    Low Tire Pressure monitoring system
    164k miles

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    Story:

    Good friend of mine was in San Diego for work one evening about 2 weeks ago, and I was bored. I started looking around on Craigslist out of curiosity and this car popped up listed at $4,000, and had only been listed for 2 days. Guy said he was selling it because it won't pass smog. My buddy goes and looks at it knowing what my expectations are, and how committed I am. The guy who was selling it asked if this friend of mine was able to say yes or no on the sale. I said he absolutely had the purchasing power for me and I trust him entirely. After my buddy looks at it, he texts me to tell me I just bought an LT1 Corvette for 3750 USD. We hammer out the details, to pick up the vehicle. I fly out to San Diego on a Thursday after a SHITTY day at work, to meet up with my buddy who was BACK in SD for work again. It is about 1 am, so we head back to the hotel and crash. But first, we swung by the dealership where my Monster came from (they were closed…)

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    We meet up with the owner at 0730 and handle the paper work, more on this later. We look over the car and assess and address what my be trouble areas before we head for home. We have the car aligned just to be on the safe side with the tires being 300 treadwear and having 1800 miles ahead of us. Swing by the harbor in SD to snap a few photos, before hitting up the parts store nearby. We grab some vacuum line, gloves, zipties, and a few other odds and ends, wrench on the car for a little bit before heading out. We wanted to replace the serpintine belt, but the Autoparts store we stopped at didn’t have one. So we ordered one to be delivered in Phoenix about dinner time.

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    First stop was a little diner for lunch and fuel. We stopped at a little Mom and Pops place in Pine Valley called Majors Diner while we planned out our path. Pine Valley is about 45 minutes east of San Diego and in this short time we already figured out we didn’t have cruise. So ankles and feet were in order, we prepared ourselves mentally fr the haul. I don't know how old the fuel is in the car, so I wanted to dilute the stuff down and gradually burn through it over the course of a couple of tanks. Car had a half tank at the time. We load up after a picture and head towards Phoenix and the Serpentine belt. As we get further out into the desert, we drive through a sandstorm in some shithole area Russ told me to stop the car and take a deep breath. I passed on the offer because I knew what I was getting into if I did. During this trip we realized the inside rear view mirror has a loose cross-head screw. So while I was creeping through the sandstorm, my co-pilot tightened up the mirror. Hasn’t been an issue since.



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    We get to Phoenix without a single issue. Swap over the new serpentine belt, which oddly enough is ribbed on both sides. Grab food, top off fuel, adjust the headlights and head further east. For a stop in Gallup, NM. We stopped in Gallup because it was already getting later in the evening, and we had a longer haul for the second day of travel. So an earlier night in preparation for a longer day.


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    We wake up early to get a jumpstart on many hours of driving ahead of us. But first, we had to make a pitstop just under an hour outside of leaving. No the car didn’t break down. Nope, the car didn’t need fuel, and nor did we need a pee break. I needed to reminisce over a rock formation to the north of US40. Some of you remember when I bought my Ducati Monster in 2013 while I was on spring break. Well, the bike didn’t make the trip and I broke down about 40 miles east of Gallup, NM.


    I snapped a photo of my stopped location back then while I awaited a tow.

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    And with my newest toy.

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    We sit around for 5 or so minutes as I talk about my experience with the previous trip. Load back up and began the longer journey home. We stop in Albuquerque for a snack and get going again.

    THe rest of the trip goes off without a hitch until we reach Kansas. Where we are met by a rainstorm, and the annoying process of driving in Kansas rain. I35 seems like it is never painted so wet road driving is a complete pain in the ass. Road Visibility is shitty at best. I was driving from the reflection of the headlights. I was nervous during this time even having driven this road countless times.

    I get back to KC a little stressed from the rain and lack of roadmarkings (thanks Kansas), and stoked about the fact I just bought one of my dream cars.





    But……



    This dream would soon turn into frustration and anger.

    When I did the paperwork with the PO, he signed the wrong part of the title. For some odd reason, California has 3 separate areas you can sign for various reasons. I didn’t realize this until I went to get the vehicle title and registered. So now I am left with 2 choices, forge his signature, or mail the title back for him to sign.

    I kick around both ideas for a while, I even went as far as practicing his signature before I contacted him because I was worried about him keeping the title for some dumb reason.


    I contacted him on December 6th 2017 and he said he would gladly sign the title and ship it back. Cool beans. I go to the post office on December 8th and certify mail the title back to the PO. I also shipped an additional certified envelope addressed to me. I did this so all he had to do was open the addressed envelope, sign the HIGHLIGHTED area on the title, put it back in the certified envelope I shipped with the title, and I’d be out of his life. This however was too easy and simple for the guy.

    I will say I never had ANY indication this guy was….whatever he is. I call him up after 2 weeks and have no response. I leave a message to see what’s the hold up, because I have the tracking information for the certified envelope. I figure he will probably call back in the next day or so, because that is how he was before I bought the car. No dice. I call him off and on, throughout the next 2 months with no response. I continue to leave him 12 voicemails to try to figure out what is going on. Nothing turns up.

    After talking with a couple of people, Nate, some local buddies, I start creating a plan to chase out loose ends. After selling a vehicle, many states require submission of a sale of vehicle form which is attached to the bottom of the title. I was looking into filing this paperwork to see if he filed correctly before I planned out larger and more aggressive actions. Up to and including lawsuits for a 4k USD car. It’s pathetic really.

    Now he comes the funny part. I received the title on the 8th of February. Literally 2 full months after the title arrived in San Diego. Whatereve. I have the title now, I’ll get the car re-inspected this week, licensed and titled. I have done some work on the car and did drive it around (illegally) as I waited for the title to arrive.

    The reason why I didn’t post in here is due to the possible legal battle, or if I was going to go the route I really would have not wanted to go and part the car out.

    Now onto the fun stuff. Fixing these areas...


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    Stay tuned.
    Last edited by Godson; February 10th, 2018 at 11:57 PM. Reason: To save the photos and the order of them. Took more than an hour and many were lost.......:/

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    Dude....

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    Congratulations!

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    Corvette
    40th Anniversary
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    Black C5 Z06 Wheels
    Serpentine belt ribbed for her pleasure
    Awesome friend
    Road trip with no breakdowns
    A bunch of pictures
    Legal ownership
    Get that weak shit off my track

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    Fantastic. Well done, mate. It loves the camera, too.

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    Glad the paperwork got sorted out. Having been on the same end of that stuff before, I'm sure that was two months of no-fun stress.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kchrpm View Post
    Corvette
    40th Anniversary
    Manual
    Red
    Black C5 Z06 Wheels
    Serpentine belt ribbed for her pleasure
    Awesome friend
    Road trip with no breakdowns
    A bunch of pictures
    Legal ownership
    Didn't stop in El Centro
    Whoomah!

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    Very very cool.

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    Epic. Man look at all the cool options on that car. Good find. Many years of enjoyment!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Random View Post
    Didn't stop in El Centro
    That's what that shit hole was....

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