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(WXYZ Detroit)   Corvette stolen in Michigan in '81 turns up in Mississippi. In reasonably good condition, too   (wxyz.com) divider line 71
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2014-06-24 11:03:09 PM  
what about the creedence?
 
2014-06-24 11:24:03 PM  
Wanted for questioning
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2014-06-24 11:37:39 PM  
Likely he had theft insurance on the car and the insurance company paid that claim in 1981. If that insurance company still exists, the Corvette will be theirs to claim, not his.
 
2014-06-25 12:12:16 AM  
Prince sang about a little red Corvette, and I don't think he meant a two-seater Chevy, ifyouknowwhatimeanandithinkyoudo.
 
2014-06-25 12:13:30 AM  

TwistedIvory: Likely he had theft insurance on the car and the insurance company paid that claim in 1981. If that insurance company still exists, the Corvette will be theirs to claim, not his.


yeah not his vette anymore
 
2014-06-25 12:13:35 AM  
Hard to beat a Stingray vette.

/good Lord - please never let them find my '85 Colt - best theft ever.
 
2014-06-25 12:16:46 AM  
oblig

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2014-06-25 12:22:34 AM  
"I've always liked Corvettes. It was attractive. The ladies like 'em," said George.

In high school a friend's dad picked me up for a concert once while my mom had all her bunko friends over. He pulled up in a red Stingray and they all wanted to know "Does your friend's dad want to come in for a while?"
 
2014-06-25 12:31:10 AM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Wanted for questioning


Came for this, thank you.
 
2014-06-25 12:31:13 AM  
Feeble 350 cubic inch engine rated at 220 horsepower.  70's cars were the worst.  Except for 80's cars.
 
2014-06-25 12:37:43 AM  

Strongbeerrules: Feeble 350 cubic inch engine rated at 220 horsepower.  70's cars were the worst.  Except for 80's cars.


Bite your tongue, young man!
ultimategto.com
I'd pay big money for five three two minutes in the back seat again with Terry C.
Sigh....
 
2014-06-25 12:49:14 AM  

Piizzadude: TwistedIvory: Likely he had theft insurance on the car and the insurance company paid that claim in 1981. If that insurance company still exists, the Corvette will be theirs to claim, not his.

yeah not his vette anymore


Actually it is, once it is recovered he will go through subrogation with his insurance company and either sign the car over to them or pay them the difference between the payout and the recovery/repair charges.
 
2014-06-25 12:54:31 AM  
s3.amazonaws.com
 
2014-06-25 12:55:19 AM  
It was on TCM this evening and I missed it
 
2014-06-25 12:55:43 AM  

cretinbob: [s3.amazonaws.com image 448x252]


Do tell, what is this from?
 
2014-06-25 12:56:12 AM  

Tom_Slick: Piizzadude: TwistedIvory: Likely he had theft insurance on the car and the insurance company paid that claim in 1981. If that insurance company still exists, the Corvette will be theirs to claim, not his.

yeah not his vette anymore

Actually it is, once it is recovered he will go through subrogation with his insurance company and either sign the car over to them or pay them the difference between the payout and the recovery/repair charges.


The insurance company owns the car
He signed off on it when he took the settlement
 
2014-06-25 12:57:50 AM  

rkiller1: cretinbob: [s3.amazonaws.com image 448x252]

Do tell, what is this from?


His greatest role evar
 
2014-06-25 12:58:34 AM  
upload.wikimedia.org

//damnit
 
2014-06-25 12:58:54 AM  

rkiller1: cretinbob: [s3.amazonaws.com image 448x252]

Do tell, what is this from?


Found it: Annie Potts http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0077372/
 
2014-06-25 01:03:35 AM  
 
2014-06-25 01:19:42 AM  

TwistedIvory: Likely he had theft insurance on the car and the insurance company paid that claim in 1981. If that insurance company still exists, the Corvette will be theirs to claim, not his.


True, but...


When I was working in Des Moines as a claims adjuster for an independent claims adjusting firm, I got an interesting one.  Our insured got pulled over one night on a failure to signal a turn.  When they ran his license, they found he had an unpaid speeding ticket and tossed him in jail.  As he was being booked, he told his girl friend, who was with him, to take his car keys and ATM card, go to an ATM, get money and come back to bail him out.


She went to an ATM, cleaned out his bank account and left town, leaving him in jail.  His parents had to bail him out.


He filed a theft claim and a week later, just as we were about to pay him the ACV for the car, the LAPD called.  They had it.  Stopped girl friend and her new boy friend on a speeding violation and impounded the car.  We paid to have it shopped back to Des Moines.


His girl friend was never arrested as it was conversion and not theft and not worth the cops' time to  file charges.


Now, this guy's story is more likely to be negotiating with the insurance company, assuming the insurance company still even has records from 1981.
 
2014-06-25 01:25:06 AM  

TwistedIvory: Likely he had theft insurance on the car and the insurance company paid that claim in 1981. If Regardless of whether that insurance company still exists, the Corvette will be theirs or their last owner's to claim, not his.


Now, that's not to say he won't get to keep it. Unless it's rare and in immaculate condition, it's likely not worth wildly much, and not worth the insurance company's time to come get it back and then deal with selling it. They'll get more value out of letting him keep it and getting their name in the news a bit, most likely.
 
2014-06-25 01:26:37 AM  

Tom_Slick: Actually it is, once it is recovered he will go through subrogation with his insurance company and either sign the car over to them or pay them the difference between the payout and the recovery/repair charges.


In other words, "it's not his". If it was his, he wouldn't have to pay for it.
 
2014-06-25 01:30:43 AM  
Only 47,000 miles? Somebody stole it just to garage it?
 
2014-06-25 01:46:15 AM  

HotWingAgenda: Only 47,000 miles? Somebody stole it just to garage it?


A virgin beast. But a beast nonetheless.

//wouldn't be the first chevrolet hot-rod I've totaled in epic fashion - to the disgrace and imprisonment of all.
 
2014-06-25 02:08:40 AM  

Strongbeerrules: Feeble 350 cubic inch engine rated at 220 horsepower.  70's cars were the worst.  Except for 80's cars.

Mid to late seventies. Remember, the seventies started out pretty strong. Things didn't really start getting good again until the mid eighties though. I still remember the shirt from 1980: "The eighties - slow cars, fast women!"

But yeah, that era of Corvette was a low point. Very little horsepower, poor build quality, a nightmare of vacuum hoses and thermal switches for the emissions controls under the hood. No thanks.
 
2014-06-25 02:17:34 AM  

Strongbeerrules: Except for 80's cars.


*ahem*

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2014-06-25 02:27:22 AM  
I think maybe the police had it towed (parked in a crosswalk) and the tow people disappeared it . . . all the way to Mississippi.


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2014-06-25 02:27:42 AM  
Coming of ages in the late seventies, early eighties, experience shows you could pick up some of te finer sixties and seventies cars for a song used.  Bought a '71 Mach 1 with a big block,  flipped it, shredding the whole thing when I flipped it after 10 weeks, costing me 6 months, a body cast, and a fractured spine requiring spinal fusion to fix.
But my best story was of my Grandmothers really good friend, she had a gorgeous powder blue Cutlass 442. I remember when she'd come over, ask me to check the oil in the car, and on the air filter housing was the sticker "455 C.I.D. ultra high compression". Got to drive it twice. Thing was a frickin' rocket. The story behind how she got it, was the car was a gift to the parish priest. Priest didn't like it, so he raffled it off. She won the raffle for the car, but donated 300 Dollars to the church. Back in the days when pefformance packages for cars were cheap, and Detroit had the horsepower wars going on. Before the insurance companies went nuts.
The only bit of performance vehicle I still have is my '77 Siverado I bought from my Dad, had a cracked block. Built the new block up from scratch, lowered 4", even for a big box ressisting the wind, I've had it up to 160mph. Course it won't do that very long, even after putting in the 4 speed automatic. Realized my days of hot rods are over, just signed it over to my son. Poor kid doesn't know how to use a timing light. 388 C.I., goes from 0-60 in under 4 seconds when the Detroit locker rear end kicks in. Took about 8 years to do it the way I wanted. Don't do that much. My biggest trip is the 1 mile to Home Depot.
 
2014-06-25 02:46:35 AM  
Lest we forget, we are talking about an '81 'Vette


www.web-cars.com
 
2014-06-25 02:48:03 AM  
Are we going to have a Corvette thread every day now?
 
2014-06-25 02:51:44 AM  

cretinbob: Lest we forget, we are talking about an '81 'Vette


[www.web-cars.com image 800x350]



It's actually a '79 that was stolen in 1981. But I don't know that there was a significant difference in those years, for better or worse.
 
2014-06-25 03:22:10 AM  
Well I, for one, am glad that's been solved.

Now he can focus on helping O.J. find the real killer.
 
2014-06-25 03:28:33 AM  

fusillade762: Are we going to have a Corvette thread every day now?


The other one had way more car porn
 
2014-06-25 03:44:17 AM  
How does one get a title and registration for a stolen car? Does the VIN not get checked? Surely the thief didn't also steal the title. Back in '81 Mississippi or where ever it first ended up likely didn't have a computer system to check against out of state stolen vehicles but you'd think somewhere along the way there would have been a routine check through the database. Forged VIN or the DMV seriously doesn't check data once it makes it into the system?
 
2014-06-25 03:55:23 AM  

Ex-Texan: Coming of ages in the late seventies, early eighties, experience shows you could pick up some of te finer sixties and seventies cars for a song used.  Bought a '71 Mach 1 with a big block,  flipped it, shredding the whole thing when I flipped it after 10 weeks, costing me 6 months, a body cast, and a fractured spine requiring spinal fusion to fix.
But my best story was of my Grandmothers really good friend, she had a gorgeous powder blue Cutlass 442. I remember when she'd come over, ask me to check the oil in the car, and on the air filter housing was the sticker "455 C.I.D. ultra high compression". Got to drive it twice. Thing was a frickin' rocket. The story behind how she got it, was the car was a gift to the parish priest. Priest didn't like it, so he raffled it off. She won the raffle for the car, but donated 300 Dollars to the church. Back in the days when pefformance packages for cars were cheap, and Detroit had the horsepower wars going on. Before the insurance companies went nuts.
The only bit of performance vehicle I still have is my '77 Siverado I bought from my Dad, had a cracked block. Built the new block up from scratch, lowered 4", even for a big box ressisting the wind, I've had it up to 160mph. Course it won't do that very long, even after putting in the 4 speed automatic. Realized my days of hot rods are over, just signed it over to my son. Poor kid doesn't know how to use a timing light. 388 C.I., goes from 0-60 in under 4 seconds when the Detroit locker rear end kicks in. Took about 8 years to do it the way I wanted. Don't do that much. My biggest trip is the 1 mile to Home Depot.


Bullshiat on the 160mph claim, damn speedo probably only goes up to 75.
 
2014-06-25 04:17:13 AM  

ToxicGun: Ex-Texan: Coming of ages in the late seventies, early eighties, experience shows you could pick up some of te finer sixties and seventies cars for a song used.  Bought a '71 Mach 1 with a big block,  flipped it, shredding the whole thing when I flipped it after 10 weeks, costing me 6 months, a body cast, and a fractured spine requiring spinal fusion to fix.
But my best story was of my Grandmothers really good friend, she had a gorgeous powder blue Cutlass 442. I remember when she'd come over, ask me to check the oil in the car, and on the air filter housing was the sticker "455 C.I.D. ultra high compression". Got to drive it twice. Thing was a frickin' rocket. The story behind how she got it, was the car was a gift to the parish priest. Priest didn't like it, so he raffled it off. She won the raffle for the car, but donated 300 Dollars to the church. Back in the days when pefformance packages for cars were cheap, and Detroit had the horsepower wars going on. Before the insurance companies went nuts.
The only bit of performance vehicle I still have is my '77 Siverado I bought from my Dad, had a cracked block. Built the new block up from scratch, lowered 4", even for a big box ressisting the wind, I've had it up to 160mph. Course it won't do that very long, even after putting in the 4 speed automatic. Realized my days of hot rods are over, just signed it over to my son. Poor kid doesn't know how to use a timing light. 388 C.I., goes from 0-60 in under 4 seconds when the Detroit locker rear end kicks in. Took about 8 years to do it the way I wanted. Don't do that much. My biggest trip is the 1 mile to Home Depot.

Bullshiat on the 160mph claim, damn speedo probably only goes up to 75.


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Yup - no way that gets up to 160, let alone stays on the pavement if it could.
 
2014-06-25 05:42:16 AM  
The real question is whether or not his mullet is still in it. He's going to need that back.
 
2014-06-25 05:47:14 AM  

mjjt: fusillade762: Are we going to have a Corvette thread every day now?

The other one had way more car porn


Yeah, everybody shot their wad in the last thread.
 
2014-06-25 06:16:23 AM  
 "...and if you like the ladies, then by default, you like Cetera."

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2014-06-25 06:34:57 AM  

Strongbeerrules: Feeble 350 cubic inch engine rated at 220 horsepower.  70's cars were the worst.  Except for 80's cars.


My first car: '76 Vega.
My second car: '84 Mustang (the shiat years)
So, yes, I agree with you.
//Some 70s and 80s rides were awesome, but who could afford the Countach or Testarossas?
 
2014-06-25 07:19:08 AM  

Strongbeerrules: Feeble 350 cubic inch engine rated at 220 horsepower.  70's cars were the worst.  Except for 80's cars.


70-73 engines were just fine.

74 was when it all went to hell.
 
2014-06-25 07:59:01 AM  

El Pachuco: ToxicGun: Ex-Texan: Coming of ages in the late seventies, early eighties, experience shows you could pick up some of te finer sixties and seventies cars for a song used.  Bought a '71 Mach 1 with a big block,  flipped it, shredding the whole thing when I flipped it after 10 weeks, costing me 6 months, a body cast, and a fractured spine requiring spinal fusion to fix.
But my best story was of my Grandmothers really good friend, she had a gorgeous powder blue Cutlass 442. I remember when she'd come over, ask me to check the oil in the car, and on the air filter housing was the sticker "455 C.I.D. ultra high compression". Got to drive it twice. Thing was a frickin' rocket. The story behind how she got it, was the car was a gift to the parish priest. Priest didn't like it, so he raffled it off. She won the raffle for the car, but donated 300 Dollars to the church. Back in the days when pefformance packages for cars were cheap, and Detroit had the horsepower wars going on. Before the insurance companies went nuts.
The only bit of performance vehicle I still have is my '77 Siverado I bought from my Dad, had a cracked block. Built the new block up from scratch, lowered 4", even for a big box ressisting the wind, I've had it up to 160mph. Course it won't do that very long, even after putting in the 4 speed automatic. Realized my days of hot rods are over, just signed it over to my son. Poor kid doesn't know how to use a timing light. 388 C.I., goes from 0-60 in under 4 seconds when the Detroit locker rear end kicks in. Took about 8 years to do it the way I wanted. Don't do that much. My biggest trip is the 1 mile to Home Depot.

Bullshiat on the 160mph claim, damn speedo probably only goes up to 75.

[carphotos.cardomain.com image 287x215]

Yup - no way that gets up to 160, let alone stays on the pavement if it could.


I've had those old pickups at an easy 140+ while playing around on a circle track. I've no doubt they'll run 160, but they'll be loose as hell at that speed... definitely a straightline vehicle that fast. You wouldn't want to do that with factory suspension, though. There were two speedos available: A 100mph and a 160mph.
 
2014-06-25 08:01:33 AM  

rkiller1: Strongbeerrules: Feeble 350 cubic inch engine rated at 220 horsepower.  70's cars were the worst.  Except for 80's cars.

Bite your tongue, young man!
[ultimategto.com image 600x246]
I'd pay big money for five three two minutes in the back seat again with Terry C.
Sigh....


Can tell you about its Posi-traction rear end and independent suspension
rossvross.files.wordpress.com
 
2014-06-25 08:26:22 AM  
If it were me....

Ring. ring..

Hey, Karl. Up for a road trip?  Gonna need a driver...

I'll deal with the insurance company when I get back.
 
2014-06-25 08:26:28 AM  
Of course it's in good condition, it didn't have to survive 33 years of Michigan.
 
2014-06-25 08:28:15 AM  

cretinbob: [upload.wikimedia.org image 296x417]

//damnit


They made a DVD out of that?
 
2014-06-25 08:39:14 AM  
scanman61:
70-73 engines were just fine.

74 was when it all went to hell.


Yeah, pretty much this. I spent the 3 years before I got my license memorizing the '76 Chiltons. You can tell when the Big 3 started putting emission controls on their engines.....the horsepower ratings dropped by about 30% across the board starting in '74. I had a '70 Maverick with a 6-cyl that was rated with more horsepower than my dads '77 Grand Marquis 8-cyl.
 
2014-06-25 08:42:02 AM  

dennysgod: Of course it's in good condition, it didn't have to survive 33 years of Michigan.


*buzzzz* What are garages, and what do people store in them?

Answer being 'How to keep classic cars in good shape in MI'.

For the first time, GM is recalling a car, and it's a good thing.  Of course it's a Corvette, try getting them to do that for an '81 Chevette.
 
2014-06-25 08:52:57 AM  

cretinbob: It was on TCM this evening and I missed it


I love the scene where she cleans the oil off of him. She was a great comedienne when young and got stuck in that crap TV show.
 
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