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Old September 7th, 2012, 09:02 PM   #1
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I know this has had to have come up before... Does anyone know of a way to find a car you owned in the past? Secretary of State? I've owned just over 50 cars in 22 years. I wouldn't mind hunting one of two of them down.
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I found the one I bought when I was 18 just by cleaning out my garage.
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I know this has had to have come up before... Does anyone know of a way to find a car you owned in the past? Secretary of State? I've owned just over 50 cars in 22 years. I wouldn't mind hunting one of two of them down.
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I couldn't wait to be rid of it. Why would I want to find it.
My missing old cycles and my missing old snowmobile yes I'd like to find. They were in from the 70's+early 80's and great condition,running rideable when I saw/had them last in the late 90's.
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get someone from the DMV to run the vin for you.
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I have had a couple find me. usually involves the police and impound yards looking to score some coin. best one was a car I sold in `90 found me in about 2004. the guy had jumped title and it was still in my name that long. Ypsi police found it and called after a month in impound. they wanted more for the fees then I sold it for
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A 68 Camaro found its way back to a friend off mine through an impound yard. It was really nice when he sold it in 1994. I think the guy never titled it, girlfriend kicked him out, car got impounded, and they called Steve. It was a fucking shell in 2010 that looked like it was living in a field.
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I don't even have the vin to my old high school car. I bet there is some way to cross reference your drivers license.
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Going back before computers at the SOS won't work. Sometimes you can find vehicles if you fill out a form and send it to Lansing, but I wouldn't hold my breath, if it's pre-computer, you are going to be painfully surprised that they won't find anything. There are a few that I would like to look up. 1970 Camaro, 1972 Camaro SS, 1970 Impala 2 door notchback w/402 BB, 1970 Chevelle SS clone, 400 Small block, bored to 409, strip dominator intake, 750 Holley double pumper. Ran like a scalded dog in one place, but it would eat up a brand new transmission in 3 miles. It had a marine grind cam, and spun backwards, turning the pump on the auto tranny backwards. They don't work so good that way.
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I have a few that I would not mind having again. But, money is money and cars are cars. They can be replaced by something someone else has dumped cash in for less then you sold your old one for in some cases.
Good chance if you did find that cherry ride you have had years ago it has been rode hard with most of the cool stuff replaced. ie who drives a big block as a daily anymore good chance there would be a smaller engine in there now etc.

I had a 1991 Pontiac Lemans 2 door 5 speed that I absolutely loved the entire 4 months(That was a long time for me to keep a car back in 2000) that I had it. It had a throttle body spacer and I had a buddy flash the computer. I drove the thing over 10k in that 4 months driving down to Memphis and back. That was one of the few cars that I never got pulled over in despite there being a few moments I was expecting to.

Looking back at it the car was eh ok I guess it is still better then most new cars on fuel mileage. It is more about the memories you have not the car itself. Some of my best memories are in total POS that I ran for a few weeks then derby'd afterward or gave some body work or a zap, check, fix and sold for a small profit.
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I have had a couple find me. usually involves the police and impound yards looking to score some coin. best one was a car I sold in `90 found me in about 2004. the guy had jumped title and it was still in my name that long. Ypsi police found it and called after a month in impound. they wanted more for the fees then I sold it for
Same here, sold a car for $500, 6 months later got a notice from impound for $1000.

My sister sold an old beater here in GR, two weeks later cops came knocking on her door. Car was used in a bank robbery in Detroit.
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I sold a Maserati Biturbo about 13 years ago that tracked me down. The person I sold it too never bothered to change the title, insure it, and had a bogus plate on it. The police officer seemed happy that he was going to nail the drunk douchebag that was driving my old car. I would be too.
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.............. I've owned just over 50 cars in 22 years. I wouldn't mind hunting one of two of them down.
WHAT's the point?
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WHAT's the point?
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I have registered & insured that many under my name(and many under others). The point is to drive them, make a quick sell, make 1 good truck out of 3 bad ones, part them out, demo them, or to just be that guy driving the $300 pos at 40 mph towards the dirt ramp.

It is about having fun, wrenching, and being a backyard mechanic. If that somehow confuses you I'm sorry for your closed minded view.
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