...how many of you remember the Brady Bunch? Ya, know the epoisode where they went to Hawaii and Bobby found the cursed Tiki? Well, this is my version of that Tiki...
If you go to my first post on this thread, I have links to the other builds / problems I've had with my BOM '06 GTO. I used this ☝ car to rebuild mine. This 👇 is wat the car looked like when I got it.
Back on March 17th, 2016, I was involved in an accident with my GTO. I wound up rebuilding my car with this donor vehicle from e-reparables. What I didn't know, when I got this particular car, was how it would have become a MAJOR point of contention between myself and my father.
I had looked at (possibly) buying another Brazen GTO in Sun Prarie, Wisconsin. It was a nice car, but there would have been a few issues. I would have had to come up with a few grand to buy it (after the insurance payout). The other car did have fewer miles, but need nicer tail lights, interior parts, new seat covers and some paint work. The car wasn't bad looking, but it wasn't as nice as mine with more miles. Plus, it had a stupid stereo in it with all kinds of LED's in the trunk....
Stuff I didn't want to pay for and tear out.
After looking at that car with my father and deciding to rebuild my Brazen GTO, my father thought I should have done other things. Such as, using MY orange GTO with an original title, to rebuild an Impulse GTO w/ a salvage title.
Anyway, that isn't the point of this particular post. The point is, I had set some time aside on Friday March 3rd, 2023, so I could work on my GTO. I took the day off and had at least 8 hours I could devote to the car on that day alone!
However, this ☝ ☝ ☝ car...UGH!!!
I had sold this to a buddy of mine in Southern Wisco-Land, who needed some parts, but had the intent on making this a tribute drag car to a fairly well known racer from the 60's who had a GTO. In fact, this friend of mine, used to work on this gentleman's pit crew. My buddy is a GREAT guy, he has been a friend for years and I have ZERO ill feelings toward him!
Well, this friend of mine decided he was going to be moving south and was starting to liquidate some of the things he accululated.
Then another (mutual) friend of ours, was looking for parts, so he could finish converting he right hand drive UTE to left hand drive. He needed a good title, parts and a bunch of other stuff. I reached out to both friends and put a thought in their heads...that mabe this could be a good venture for the both of them. One gets rid of a car he hasn't seen in 3+ years and the other gets the parts he needs to work on his Crewman.
WIN / WIN & everyone is happy.
Well, when I sold the GTO to the said friend who LIVES in Southern Wisco-Land, I had to DELIVER it to a town in Northern Illlinois. The friend didn't have the room for the car, and this was a closer drive for me to drop the car off and get rid of it.
Fast Forward to last Friday (March 3rd, 2023)...
The friend who bought the car, never re-titled the GTO. Instead, he left it in my name. When the other friend from N. Wisco-Land came to look at the car, they noticed the VIN on the title was different than the one on the car -- YEAH....big OOPS!!!
Is this my problem? . . Definitely not.
When I was told about this (Late February) I contacted the website where I bought the car. However, almost 8 years have passed. They couldn't help me. I wans't sure the next steps, but I did a Google search and came up with a simple solution. I just needed to get a "law enforcement certification" form and have the police fill it out. Then, I send in $50 and get a new "corrected" title...GREAT!
Until the owner of the shop, where I dropped the GTO off at 4 years ago, didn't want the police snooping around his shop. Apparently, he was holding a few cars in the back of his lot for friends...and MAYBE, those cars weren't stored correctly. So, if the Po-Po were snooping around, they could have been 🍆 causing this other guy to have some problems. The last thing I wanted to do was cause any issues - especially if it meant closing down a guy's body shop for a day or two.
Being a fellow business owner, I could understand his concern. Plus, all these officershave body cams. If they see ANYTHING amuck, they HAVE to report it. There isn't anymore 'letting it slide' sort-ofstuff going on anymore. There is no police discretion anymore. It'a ll black and white. So, I understand completely. Some of the local police aren't the freindliest around there and he WOULD have had some sort of an issue. To avoid this, here are some potential options.
1). Tell both friends to EFF OFF and they could deal with it....(but I would feel bad, being I could help them both, it would be easier if I did help AND I did instigate this deal in the first place)
2). have the first friend get a new title and then get a corrected title (which could potentially take a few months) leaving the second friend waiting in the wings...which he didn't want and doesn't have the time for.
3). Bring the GTO to wisconsin and see if an officer would drive 30 minutes over the border to inspect the car, all while trying to explan why he
hadn't done anything with the title and why it took almost 8 years to notice the title was wrong...
---- OR ----
4). I could pick up the car and bring it back to my place and have the police come there. The address is the same, the area I live in real nice and there would be fewer problems.
I chose option #4.
All I had to do was get my fathers truck, trailer and go get the car out from behind that shop. Problem is, when I go to get the truck from my parents house, the front tires are FLAT. As in, the bead is broken and the sidewalls are cracked. Since my fathers death, the truck had been sitting in the garage and my mother forgot about it. She didn't notice the truck was sitting funny in her garage.
I had to remove the tires and have new tires put on. Cool! $700 and 90 minutes later and I was picking the wheels up to get the truck back together. I got them on, bolted down and torqued. Then the truck wouldn't start. I then had to hook up a charger/jumper and let that sit for a fw minutes. I decided to have some lunch and let the battery drink it up for a few minutes.
After lunch, I started the truck, hooked up the trailer, got the tie down straps, come-"a"-long, spare tire and tire chocks. I left around 12:30 to go to get the GTO. I arrive at this guy's shop and some douchebag parked their car in front of the GTO. Not to the side, not sorta in the way...RIGHT the EFF where I needed to put the trailer to get the GTO out from behind the shop! REALLY?!?
No joke, it took the them 20 minutes to find the guy to have him come move his SUV. I was right about to get my tow rope and drag the darn thing away. The owner finally walked over and was all talkative. The friggin guy wanted to have a conversation with me...
"What kind of car is that?"
"What do you need that P.O.S. for?"
"What did you pay for that thing?"
I was like, "hey, why don't you move your P.O.S., so I can get that P.O.S. out of here! Chop - chop dude, time's a tickin' "
I mean, I started my day at 7:30 a.m. I got up a little later than normal and was planning on working on some part for my 4-year project at some point today. It was now, some . . 6 hours later and I had yet to even TOUCH my car. I was a little perturbed by his line of questioning and felt like he needed to get into his fancy-schmancy Lincoln SUV and get the EFF out of my EFFEN way so I could get the EFF out of this EFFEN situation. Plus, it was 34 degrees outside...not the time or place to have a conversation about a junked car!
Anyway, around 1:50 I had the GTO dragged out from the corner of the lot / into the open. It was around 3 pm by the time I got it onto the trailer and strapped down. I was back home by 3:30 and at 4 p.m., the local municipality had sent out an officer to look at the car for the paperwork Once he left, I called it a day. I had plans with the girlfriend and got out of there by 5 p.m.
On Sunday morning, I delivered the GTO to friend #1 in S. Wisco-Land and friend #2 from N. Wisco-Land came out. Here's a pic of the car after we loaded my tiki onto his trailer. Hopefully, it will be leaving my life for the last time!
Now, some of you may even know who the second friend is. Even if you're sorta keen to the GTO world, you're probably are familiar with the second friend. If you're a follower of his, you will be seeing this parts car again. He has some REALLY cool things coming for a couple different projects on both his UTE and GTO. I vowed I wouldn't say anything to that fact, but I'm excited to see what's coming on his future shows.
I jokingly say this car is a tiki. The truth is, without it, my car and 4 others wouldn't be on the road today. There are parts of this blue GTO in 8 others people's cars...of which I can name off 7 of those people by name. Though it will forever be a tiki, it wasn't a cursed one. In reality it was a good car, in that it has been sacrificed, rather than be scavenged and discarded.
Lastly, I had to snap this pic, when I was delivering the parts car to my first friend in S. Wisco-Land!
It's not very often that you'e trailering a totalled out donor GTO, to help restore and save 2 additional cars, and happen across ANOTHER GTO, parked in a lot...
How cool is that.