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The Member Formerly Known as Lusty Dusty
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Good morning Chaps, need a little advice from those in the know.
Came across a 'paddock find' a few months ago, a small farm out of town. The car had been stolen 9 years ago, driven into a tree, stripped of it's rego, id plates, and wheels. The owner of the farm had notified the Police who sent someone out to check the vehicle, no one has ever got back to him since.
The only thing I could find was the Engine No, so off to the coppers I go to eventualy find out they don't have any record of that No.
Next step, I rang every Insurance Co here in WA, until I finally found the Co that had the engine No recorded. They in turn gave me the Ph No of their Eastern State office. I contacted them and described the situation, the poor state of the vehicle and my wish to purchase it off them.
To cut a long story short, I've contacted them several times over the last 3 months only to find they're not really interested and always the "we'll get back to you" fob-off.

The way I figure it, the original owner has been paid out, the Police don't have any record of the vehicle, the Insurance Co don't seem to be interested in, what they regard as an old wreck and not worth the cost of recovery, and the farmer would love to see the car finaly removed. Win-Win for everyone.

My question is...finally....lol.
Considering the time and coin that I would have to invest in rebuilding the car, what barriers am I likely to come across when it's ready for rego?

Sometimes it's a pain trying to do the right thing.

Cheers....Lionel.
 

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As it all goes off the vin/engine number, as long as you get it in writing, you should be fine for rego.
So get a letter from insurance, police/revs. That way all your hard work will be protected.

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I don't think you will have any problems as far as the police go.
My brother in law got his valiant stolen about 28 years ago here on the Gold coast it was in good nick, anyway he came across it about 2 years later parked on the side of the road & had been re-registrated.
So he went to the cops about it and they said he only wanted it back because it had been done up they didn't want to know about it. They didn't want to chase it up my brother in law couldn't believe there attitude.
 

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Considering all id's bar the engine number are gone, I wouldn't touch it unless you salvaged parts or sections off it. If you repair the existing chassis/shell and come to register it, you'll likely be knocked back and even an engineer might not be able to help you.
 

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You'll find it's on the WOV register. If so, you have to get an engineer's cert. from an engineer associated with the registry to approve the roadworthyness. Google: Written Off Vehicle Registry WA, or WOVR.
All you need from the insurance is proof of purchase. You can fill out a stat. dec. at Licencing but it sometimes comes back on you if you have no receipt when someone does an audit.
I bought a car off an owner that purchased their vehicle from their insurer, and transferred it to my name, paid 6M rego and spent some coin fixing it up. Six weeks later I got a letter from licensing they are deregistering the vehicle as it is on the WOVR. I called and protested loudly my case, and the WOVR said the insurer lodged the paperwork late (like 3M) and Licencing wouldn't budge. Sold the heap as WOV, lost some coin and became wiser.
I think you can do a WOVR search for $35.
 

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The Member Formerly Known as Lusty Dusty
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Oh yeah, it's an MGB Mk2 rag top.
My research so far tells me its around 71-73, the top and upholstery are knackered, front-end damage but not as far as the radiator. Mainly weather damage and wheels, not spokes as the hubs are not splined.
She's a roughy but mostly all there. Will need a few cans of Raid though.....lol.

I'll try and get something in writing from the Insurance people as they, in theory, own the car I suppose.

Cheers....Lionel.
 

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I was in contact with someone who said they had a
66 fbk Mustang rhd in pieces for sale..
Fn oath I was interested..
started to ask relevant questions, like
vin no. engine no. compliance previous rego etc etc...
was so so hard to get any where with the crunt.
was then told, never been rego'ed, no numbers, all grinded away,
and no import approval paperwork.
told him, that I know where theres no's on the vehicle that no one knows
but those like me know.

needless to say, I never heard from him again.

for sure it was a stolen car...

Spoke to so so many people about "if" going forward during that time,
and all I got was one massive brick wall in my way..
no-one wanted to know about it in any relevant dept either.....

nissnut... walk away dude is my honest advice.
( that story is in short form)
 

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Not even a scrap yard in Vic will accept a car if they can't get VIN details. It has to be surrendered to Police for them to crush and cash. I have a paddock bomb in the backyard with plates and numbers, but because I have already crushed it and the numbers are inaccessible, no metal merchant will touch it.
 

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Steal a GTHO sit it in the back paddock for statutory reporting time, then pull it out and "I found it out bush" and register it ahahahaha
 

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The Member Formerly Known as Lusty Dusty
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You've got me in two minds now. I'd love the chance to restore a great little classic, but don't want to get involved with any potential legal chit-fight.
I've sent the Insurance people an email, if they don't respond, which I suspect will be the case, I'll call it a day on this one.
Thanks for your thoughts and advice guys.

Cheers.....Lionel.
 

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You've got me in two minds now. I'd love the chance to restore a great little classic, but don't want to get involved with any potential legal chit-fight.
I've sent the Insurance people an email, if they don't respond, which I suspect will be the case, I'll call it a day on this one.
Thanks for your thoughts and advice guys.

Cheers.....Lionel.
Hey there Nissnut.
A few years ago I worked at an MG specialist workshop.
Did everything from minor servicing to ground up restos and left to right hand drive conversions.

They are a fairly easy car to do a resto on as all the parts are available new. even complete body shells.

Most of the people who do them up start with a LHD from the west coast of USA.
Easy to get converted, I've done heaps. The later rubber noses are a bit more involved but still not difficult.
The mk I and mk II are easy. if you can use a jigsaw and a MIG you laughing.
 

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Get everything in writing to show you've tried to do the right thing and keep copies for ever.

I'd even go to a suburban lawyer once you've got all the docs you can. It'd be rotten to get done for receiving stolen property once you've done the recovery and resto work.
 
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