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#1 stevo_gj

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Posted 30 May 2010 - 11:27 PM

Hey guys,

I figured you guys like car stories. Well this is the beginning of one.

My father passed away when I was 13, well before I was interested in cars. Recently I had been thinking about my next car (still going to keep the Z don't worry) and I realised that my Dad had owned a beautiful white XJ6 in the early 90s. He sold the car when I was little and I can only vaguely remember it so I dived into our old boxes of photos and found these:

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I've decided that I'm going to find his car and if the owners are interested in selling, buy it from them. I've sent emails to the Jag club of Qld in hope that they may know the car and point me in the right direction. I'll let you know how it goes.

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Posted 31 May 2010 - 07:10 AM

FWIW Steve it's a S2 Long Wheel Base (LWB) & a factory Manual to boot! Quite rare!
Hopefully it wont be too hard to find...

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Posted 31 May 2010 - 07:33 AM

Sounds like you need a service like carjam here in NZ. This is service were you put in the cars rego and it will tell you history of that rego number, there is a free service part that tells you the basics and then the paid service which will give you owners history and contact details.

This used to be done by the post office (were you used to do the rego) you filled out a form paid your money and got the report. This is how I found the owner of the plate I now have on my 260z. I purchased the trailer the plate was on from the owner then converted the plate to a personalised plate so I could put it on the zed.

So do you guys have something like that in Oz?

if you want to check out carjam.co.nz just put in a rego number and get a feel what it does. Hint our Personalised plate reasonable open so try 240z, 24oz, 260z etc - I am sure you will find my zed ;)

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Posted 31 May 2010 - 09:30 AM

FWIW Steve it's a S2 Long Wheel Base (LWB) & a factory Manual to boot! Quite rare!
Hopefully it wont be too hard to find...


BRILLIANT thanks Lurch! That will narrow my search significantly!

Sounds like you need a service like carjam here in NZ. This is service were you put in the cars rego and it will tell you history of that rego number, there is a free service part that tells you the basics and then the paid service which will give you owners history and contact details.

This used to be done by the post office (were you used to do the rego) you filled out a form paid you money and got the report. This is how I found the owner of the plate I know of my 260z. I purchased the trailer the plate was on form the owner then converted the plate to a personalised plate so I could put it on a car.

So do you guys have something like that in Oz?

if you want to check out carjam.co.nz just put in a rego number and get a feel what it does. Hint our Personalised plate reasonable open so try 240z, 24oz, 260z etc - I am sure you will find my zed ;)


Google hasn't turned up anything  except a joke website 'number plate seek' got my hopes up on that one heh. Isn't that kind of information supposed to be private?



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Posted 31 May 2010 - 09:48 AM

hey steve

can you tell me the rego number i cant see it properly , have a few friends who might be able to track it down ???


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Posted 31 May 2010 - 10:09 AM

Loui I wish I could! These are the only photos I've been able to find :(

It's either 979-OKO or 979-OKQ

Just spoke with the original owner (old freind my dad bought the car from) and he told me that he purchased it in England (he thinks in 1973) and brought it over himself. Lurch was right it is a factory manual.

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Posted 31 May 2010 - 10:11 AM

hey mate

tried both those numbers and cant help, sorry

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Posted 31 May 2010 - 10:18 AM

979-OKC or 979-OKG perhaps?

Damn photograph! Thanks for trying anyway Loui

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Posted 31 May 2010 - 10:20 AM

Isn't that kind of information supposed to be private?

yeah right - nothing is private - but that is why you have to pay so there is a record of who is looking up who etc....big brother is watching ;)

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Posted 31 May 2010 - 10:36 AM

does the original owner have any pics?? any old rego letters or anything?? was he part of a club back in the day??

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Posted 31 May 2010 - 10:38 AM

does the original owner have any pics?? any old rego letters or anything?? was he part of a club back in the day??


He says he'll track down what he can, but he lost a bunch of his old things when he moved a decade ago so I'm not expecting too much. He wasn't a member of the club but I'm crossing my fingers that the current owners will be

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Posted 31 May 2010 - 10:50 AM

hmmmm.... may be a hard one!!

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Posted 31 May 2010 - 11:52 AM

Couldn't see much in photoshop. I would say G but yeah, could also be C.

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Posted 31 May 2010 - 12:08 PM

yer i checked it in PS aswell and thought G

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Posted 31 May 2010 - 12:28 PM

According to PPQ all of those plate combinations are available which means the plates have definitely been changed.

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Posted 31 May 2010 - 12:55 PM

surely they can find the old plate, reference it against the VIN and see what it is currently registered as??

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Posted 31 May 2010 - 01:23 PM

Perhaps, I'll have to see if I can purchase that information (legitimately) from the transport department.

Edit:

Just called Qld Transport and they were most unhelpful. They said only the previous registered owner of the car may track it down, and when I said he had passed away they said there was nothing they could do for me...However upon finding the form they referred me to (while saying it wouldn't be of any use to me) there is in fact provision for the representative of a deceased operator to fill it out.

Anyway I've attached the form for future reference.

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Posted 31 May 2010 - 06:42 PM

Sounds like Qld Transport are about as well organised as Vicroads.  In which case, if you don't like any of the answers you get, hang up and redial... the next person you get will give you a different answer.  Rinse, repeat, until you get an answer you like  ;D

Good luck with the search... sounds like it may have gone interstate?

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Posted 31 May 2010 - 08:54 PM

Sounds like Qld Transport are about as well organised as Vicroads.  In which case, if you don't like any of the answers you get, hang up and redial... the next person you get will give you a different answer.  Rinse, repeat, until you get an answer you like  ;D


Very wise words there... I did that and I can say it does work!

Try contacting other interstate clubs (sorry if its been mentioned already...) they could know.

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Posted 01 June 2010 - 05:58 AM

There is a way to check when buying if the vehicle has been in a major ding or been written off, plus registration changes. It may give you some more data and narrow down the search.

Try the checkitout website. Costs $30 to $50.
https://www.checkito...ormation_vcheck

If your old mate can remember the UK rego number, you might be able to find the VIN on one of the UK websites for about 20-30 quid but I don't know how far back electronic records have been made for. And if the rego number went back into circulation it will be for another VIN.
http://www.ukvehiclecheck.com/

Lastly, did the old mate buy the car himself from a UK dealer? Some of those old UK Jag dealers are still operating. Call and get the VIN by giving the original buyers name, address and date of purchase. Or get old mate to make the call. He can make a nice story like...oh my goodness my treasure has been stolen, and I have lost the old papers. I'm trying to find the VIN for my old Jag........It's a long shot but you would be amazed what data some companies actually keep.

The tip about ringing the DOT and just keep ringing until you get the answer you like goes for all government offices. Including the ATO.

Insurance companies keep all the data your looking for. Know anyone?

Good luck.




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