So to this day I have never seen a real orginal protect-o-plate.
But do not worry... this guy will make you one up if you want..
1965 1972 Chevrolet Corvette Camaro Chevelle Malibu Nova Protect O Plate | eBay
and for a price of only 325 dollars, this kinda stuff only adds to the confusion of not knowing what you are really buying.
Add in the fact that the same stamps were not used day to day and that factory to factory things were done differently, it make a real easy for fraudsters.
In my humble opinion you have to do a little work on the cars you are looking into buying. And square 1 is PHS.
In my previous threads I talk alot about vins, dataplates, engine codes, block restamps because it is real easy to get fleeced.
So my Brother in Law had a 66 Lemans. He cloned it when he was like 18 years old, sold it when he was 25 and found it again on CL when he was 32.
Guess what, it was being sold as an original tripower GTO car. So the car changed hands 3 times after he sold it at 25 and found it agian 7 years later
And the sellers reply is that is what i was told when i got it.
So a clone or fraudster doing the work 20 years ago, makes it look only more legit because now there is petina, and a little rust makeing it look even more legit.
So when I got my car I dropped a deposit on it knowing I would losse it if I did not ge tthe car. That at least locked me in for 400 dollars while I got down to Arizona and could verify everything.
So I got the PHS checked the visible VIN and the hidden Vin. In case your wondering Pontiac stamped these cars in a few places with the vin. Driver side top of the frame just behind the door.
You need a mirror to see it.
Then when I got it back to CA I immediately took it to CHP and had them do the VIN check and sign off on it. That way there is no mistake that it was legit. They have a huge book of all the secondary locations of the vin.
This is really important because there could have been a replacement frame on the car and you really want everyting to match. Or at least have CHP document it so there are no problmes later.
Now here is the reason why.
In the move Pulp Fiction the Malabu that Vincent drives was Quentin Tarantino's personal car. Well it was stolen a little while later. Then the VIN was removed fro mthe car and replaced with another VIN from a car that wrecked.
Well LAPD found the car in Los Angeles in a flood control station and looked up the VIN. The car came back as being owned by a guy in San Lorenzo, CA.
So they call him up and he says no my car is in the garage. So they come down and look at it. They look at the secondary vin locations and determine the car was Quentin Tarantino's. And that the VIN of the car the guy bought was the one sittign in a flood control station in LA.
So they took the car and gave it back to Quentin Tarantino. Nevermind this poor chap spent 40K on the car and restoring it. This guy replaced a bunch of components on the car and then the CHp took it away and gave it back to the orginal owner.
This guy did not even get compensated for the car or the work he did.
Read the story.... Situation really sucks.....
Now I like my cars way too much to give them away after i did all this work on them. And for those of you wondering.. Yes I am taking it with me when I go. My kid can have the Camaro, but I am taking the GTO.
I have instructed my lovely wife to drain the oil, gas, and water, dig a huge hole, put me in the drivers seat, and then to push me and the car into the hole and cover us with dirt.
She can spread my dogs ashes over the ground above my car and I later..... But in all honesty she will most likely seek revenge and sell the car on this forum for a dollar as retribution for the carb being cleaned in the sink, the spare rims and tires in the back yard, and countless piles of parts I have tacticly strewn in the garage, yard, attic, and shed.
It all looks like junk in piles to her but there is a complex orginization to the whole thing that no one understands but me.
So do your home work on these older cars. You dont want to get stuck puttign your soul and wallet into someone elses car and have to give it back for nothing.