Looking for my Dads old 1969 GS California

Discussion in 'Cars wanted' started by Waterboxguy03, Oct 26, 2011.

  1. Waterboxguy03

    Waterboxguy03 Well-Known Member

    Hello everyone I am still looking for my dads old race car. It is a white 1969 GS California has a 455/400 driveline (last I known) It was originally a gray vinyl top...last owner was in Malvern, Ohio and I am told he sold it to a guy around the cleveland area. It was for sale once probably 7-8 years ago for 9900...If I remember right the rear fenderwells were altered to allow a taller slick (I think??) Was running high 11s low 12s...now fully street legal.

    I know this is a long shot but I am hoping someone might know someone...my dad has helped me so much in the past few years and now that I am in a very well off position I want to buy this back for him.

    Any help or leads whatsoever would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank You
    Justin Amelung
     
  2. Waterboxguy03

    Waterboxguy03 Well-Known Member

    500 Dollar finders fee
     
  3. Wayne Stevens

    Wayne Stevens Well-Known Member

    If you're still in Ohio and have the VIN/ license plate #, you could go down to the local dmv equivalent. Tell them that there is a car you are interested in purchasing and the owner gave you the VIN/ plate infoand you want to know if it has a clear title or if there are fees due. That will let you know if the car still exists and if it is in Ohio. If not, some states have a title lookup online (I know IL does). You could try them to eliminate those possible locations. Again, having the VIN is paramount to any search. A few months back I found that my mom's old '74 VW from IL (that she sold in 1984) was junked five years later. That ended my search for that car. Hopefully you will have better luck. Wayne
     
  4. cobra94r

    cobra94r Dad/Daughter Project SBB

    Great story! I sincerely hope that you are able to locate it.
    It reminds me of the new commerical then came out recently when the kids locate and buy back their Dads Impala S.S. I LOVE that commercial!
     
  5. Waterboxguy03

    Waterboxguy03 Well-Known Member

    The search is very difficult due to the fact that I am 8k miles away...after a lot of dead ends and what not I found a 73 on the board (which is my Dads favorite year Buick) and ended up purchasing it....money might not buy happiness but a quick Buick will :) Thank you guys for the info regarding locating vehicles I didnt know you could do that.
     
  6. joy51872

    joy51872 Well-Known Member

    Sent you a PM
     
  7. 75Riv

    75Riv A.K.A. Harry Clamshell

  8. gstewart

    gstewart Well-Known Member

    what a story!!
    i saw this in a chevy 100 year commercial last week.
     
  9. Waterboxguy03

    Waterboxguy03 Well-Known Member

    Kind of a similar story actually...Dad sold the car to take us to disney world and finish the garage. At the time I thought woohoo disney world :Dou: There is also a small part of me that doesnt want to keep digging just in case I find out it was in a house fire or hit by a drunk driver or something bad.

    I am really happy with what I bought though...this is the first time I bought a car online and I am 8k miles away. I am very confident that it will get the job done...if it doesnt well me being home for christmas should do the trick haha. A lot hinges on tomorrow as I have a 3rd interview with another company and will basically cut my "deployed time" down about a year to reach my personal and financial goals...so a lot going on and this all just makes it that much more exciting.
     
  10. Doo Wop

    Doo Wop Where were you in '62?

    Did this car ever reside near Toronto? Was a BB California there maybe 25 years. Have seen this California....but not lately.
     
  11. Waterboxguy03

    Waterboxguy03 Well-Known Member

    Not that I know of...I forget where we picked the car up from but I do remember riding in the backseat turning down the road (before it was somewhat fast) He raced it at Magnolia and Quaker City. I actually dug up some old vhs tapes last time I was home and quickly saved them to a dvd...some cool ass memories thats for sure. Its sad to say but I am getting old haha.
     
  12. Doo Wop

    Doo Wop Where were you in '62?

    This California was owned by Chris ---- & was a Stage1 converted car (from a 350) and was white with a Black vinyl roof. Blk bucket seat int. 4 speed???

    Had a well known driveshaft incident, while racing. May have involved "Tweety Bird." Unclear on other car.
    Mid '80s or early '90s.
     
  13. DMoore

    DMoore Well-Known Member

    Justin

    Post a picture of the car and we will see what we can do around here.
     
  14. gd2227

    gd2227 Platinum Level Contributor

    Korrie- I purchased a white/ black 69 GS Cali out of Oregon or Washington State some years back from ? that was a former racer. Quarter lips were rolled and pushed 'out' for wider tires. There was an electric fuel pump mounted in the trunk with 2 bungs welded into the fuel tank for AN fittings. Also, had repro 'Stage 1' hood emblems on it :puzzled: :confused: :confused:
    Was told it was once an 11 second car...
     
  15. Doo Wop

    Doo Wop Where were you in '62?

    Sure sounds like the same car, someone needs to check with Dave Mongeon. He sure knows this car and also "Tweedy Bird." As do I....just wish another Canuck from Ontario would confirm cause lots know these 2 cars.
     
  16. Waterboxguy03

    Waterboxguy03 Well-Known Member

    The owner in malvern was a guy by the name of Bob Mace. He sold it to a guy up in norther ohio I believe cleveland.

    I cannot think for the life of me where my Dad bought it though...Pictures are hard to come by as since then my parents have moved and I am not sure where they might be.

    If I remember right it was for sale once at the Norwalk Buick race that Sonny Seal crashed his 69 a few years ago.
     
  17. Doo Wop

    Doo Wop Where were you in '62?

    You need to locate Chris Rose from Ontario. He had a white California with Black top that he converted to a BB. Was a 4 speed????

    Am sure he and Sonny were involved in the "driveshaft incedent" at Cayuga Ontario....mid '80s. Pretty darn sure "Tweety Bird" threw the shaft and nicked Chris's front fender. Not a big deal but.....white car had just been painted.

    Now I just need a verification from Ontario and/or Ohio resident who also was a witness...... there were lots there. Back in the mid '80s.:Smarty: :Smarty:
     
  18. Waterboxguy03

    Waterboxguy03 Well-Known Member

    Interesting because there was a dent on one of the fenders when dad bought it...however his was a gray vinyl top. Wasnt a 4 speed though.
     
  19. Doo Wop

    Doo Wop Where were you in '62?

    Dark gray or faded black vinyl top......after 25 years memory can blur.

    Am certain this was Chris Rose's car. 50 buck donation to board by me or you...depending on info outcome. Deal?


    <<4 spd????? I was not sure, is all>>
     
  20. Waterboxguy03

    Waterboxguy03 Well-Known Member

    Man if this is the car I will put 100 dollar donation to the board.
     

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