Good luck dude, I hope you find it!
Thanks everyone for the support. Well I got in pretty late so I drove as close as I could to the address and stayed the night. Well it's 630AM and I'm out the door. Didn't sleep worth a crap and couldn't stop thinking about the car. Wondering what shape it will be in or of I'll even find it.
Man this is crazy. I think I may have found it. No one answers the door. Unless there another car that looks like a bug. I'm 95% sure it's a beetle under the tarp, but if it's my moms IDK.....
False alarm. It's a 67 Beetle. Lol
Well today wasn't the best day but progress was made. I really though that 67 beetle under the tarp was going to be it, but its never that easy. I didn't find the car, but got some info. After going from door to door (25+ houses) several people pointed me to the same place. Apparently a guy use to sale cars and a bunch of other stuff from his front yard. Well one guy I talked to knew the car like it was yesturday. He told me everything about it before I told him (It still had the Looney Tunes TAZ sticker on driver rear window!!!!! Lol). He said when it was for sale he though about buying it. Doesn't remember if the car ran or not but was in one piece and looked decent. Well the guy doesn't live there anymore. Neighbors said he went to Sacramento or something. So now the search takes a new turn. The car was sold again, but the location is unknown now. I'm tracking down the realtors that sold his house for him and seeing what they say. Also while I was there I hit every junkyards within 50miles and the car has never been there (So that's good!!). Also while at the junkyard the lady helped me out (Use to work at the DMV) and told me how to get updated info on the car (if there even is any). Well after finding all that I ended driving back to Lancaster (My hotel where my job is at), which is a 5hr drive (My butt just about fell off again!!...lol) for I didn't feel staying in Watsonville was worth it. I mean I could have drive everyday for a year around there and never find it. It may not even be there anymore. AbeR has helped me out tons and I owe my finding so far to him (Thanks man!!). Im goin to try the DMV this week and see what i can find, hopefully the address is within a weekend road trip distance and I'll be on the road next weekend!! So the road continues and with my head held high, I just keep marching forward. Again if you know where a 73 Beetle is let me know!!! Lol!!
Well also noted is throughout this journey. I have met some really nice people. Alot of the people I have giving my phone number to have already called me back. They say "You have to call me back if you find it!!". I guess my mom is watching out for me.... Well guys I'll update as I get it. I know a lot of you are waiting. Hopefully after this thread, I'll start a new thread "How a little 73' Beetle changed my life forever!!! Plus FULL RESTORATION in progress!!" LOL!!!
Ok, so I don't know if this helps, because you said that it hasn't been registered, but I just saw an ORANGE 1973 beetle (not sure if it was a super) w/ licence plate #wb6yje, and it was driving arround in the torrance area, I know that's kinda far from you. Right when I saw it, the first thing i thought of was this post, I hope this helps you out a bit!
Well I haven't made it to the DMV for my job has me working pass open hours. I also had to work this past Saturday. Hopefully I get off early today and can run to the DMV. The last time I checked the car was unregistered, but you never know. I don't care where the car is, If its the car I'm there. The search continues!!
This sucks so far. I have been working 15hr days everyday (expect Sunday). I may have to take off a day just to make it to the DMV. Sometime soon.
Well the only thing I need right now is to goto the DMV and act like the bug was abandoned on my property. I fill out a form and they give me the most up to date I do on the car so I can contact the owner "To tell him to get the car off my property", At least that's the story....lol. I dont want anyone to do this for its not really the correct way of doing things, but these dang privacy act make it really hard.
Well I finally got a chance to goto the DMV today. I was told to file a lien of sale as if the car was abondoned on my property. When I got there they told me a different story then I was expecting. I was told I would get a print off of the last registered owner, but they told me the current owners information would never be released to me. I told them I just want to contact them to get the car off my property. So now I hit another wall and I was getting excited about going today. So it's another wall that I have to drive through and continue on. I'm reaching out more then ever to anyone that can help me. I'm in CA for another 3.5 weeks and time is ticking. You tell me where the car is, you get a reward $$$$!! As always, thanks to everyone for all the help, ideas and most import moral support!!
Well things have turned right now. I was in CA for work, but my wife who is prego called me at the Hospital while going into labor so I'm back in TX right now. In the meantime, hopefully I can dig a little more for I only get one more shot in CA (Jun 18 - Aug 31) for work.
HOME SWEET HOME!!
Last edited by watsonst04; 03-29-2012 at 10:46 AM.
I'll be going (in my 74 standard!) and will keep an eye peeled for you. The meet is in Morgan Hill/South San Jose which is a stones throw from Watsonville. I'll have your VIN with me and can do casual checks. The group covers all the Bay Area. Bug-O-Rama is also coming up in Sacramento next month. You never know (and I love sleuthing).
there is an orange beetle for sale near my house...i pass by it occasionally
i can go check if its a 73
Thanks for looking out!!
Well I'm still alive and kicking, but still haven't found the bug yet..... Can't wait to get back to CA again!! Again....Thanks guys for the help/support!!