The Long and Winding Road
"Wow!!!" Our 1964 VIN number is actually listed in the registry.
September 06, 2012 - Now "The Search" begins to discover the history of our "new" classic car. Is it an original fuel-injection Corvette? If we can find out it was, we will restore a correct engine fuel injection unit. This will increase the cars collector value three fold.
Larry Rhymer, the gentleman we purchased the 'vette from, said that his mechanic believed the car was an original fuel injection car and the previous owner to Larry had said he thought it was as well. Rhymer had traded a 1936 Ford Pick-up hot rod to a Mr. Sonny Grasso for the Corvette. Although, that was all Larry knew about the car, he was able to provide us with Grasso's phone number so that we could contact him ourselves.
Sonny Grasso tells us that he only owned the 'vette for a few weeks and had traded another hotrod, 1956 Chevy BelAir classic, for the Corvette from a Mike Verbos. If he remembered correctly, Mike owned a car shop that sold classic and muscle cars in Wasilla, Alaska. Sonny could not find or remember Verbos's contact information, but we used what info we had (name and where abouts) to start our search.
We were unable to locate a Mike Verbos via phone or internet searches. We then proceeded to call used car dealers in Wasilla and Anchorage. These calls only resulted in days of leaving messages, frustration, curt remarks, and dead ends. It appears used auto dealers can be quite uncooperative concerning previously owned vehicles unless you are purchasing a car directly from them. Only if the vehicle is in their inventory, do the sales folks know all about the car. You know, the one owner type, older lady, always kept in garage, only driven on Sundays … that type of vehicle.
September 07, 2012 - While cleaning out the 'vette, I discover something under the seat. Partially sticking out from under the carpet is a glimpse of a small piece of white paper. The almost impossible to reach paper turns out to be an old Alaskan registration title from a previous owner, Joe Savell. The registration is from 2001.
During the same interior examination, I also discover under and behind the seat floor board, where the spare tire tools are kept, mounting brackets that appear to be for a roll bar. This leads me to think the Corvette has been raced on the track or drag strip in the past.
September 08, 2012 - I bring up the "Corvette Registry" which I have used before when looking for my ‘63 Corvette. "Wow!!!" Our 1964 VIN number is actually listed in the registry. There is sparse information entered concerning the car. Listed, however, is a small color picture of our car and statement of Canadian ownership. No owner name or contact information is included. Canada now becomes another lead for previous ownership.
1964 Red Corvette Coupe
4 speed transmission
327 cu in
black wall tires
wood steering wheel
located in Canada
no owner registered
I begin with searching the Canadian vehicle ownership information websites. General Motors of Canada Vintage Vehicle Services comes up and I immediately email an information request for our 1964 Corvette Stingray Coupe with the VIN number included. I also send emails of previous ownership requests to the Alaska DMV and the Canadian DMV. Feeling like we are on a roll, let's find Mr. Joe Savell as well!
"Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you."