I recently purchased a 66 GTO that is about 3 hours from Houston. The owner first wanted just a wire transfer and then would hand over the car and title after 3 days. I told him that was not acceptable. Now he requested me meet him at his bank and we could do a cashiers check, and then go get the car.
I am starting to get the feeling the guy is doing everything he can to get me to pay first and then see the car. I just want to verify what I bought before paying for it, does not sound too strange to me. That being said I am starting to get a bit uneasy about this transaction.
If he does agree to let me see the car and all the parts before we run to the bank I want to verify the VIN#242176G124709. I have read about other places the VIN might be and wanted to verify with you guys.
1. top of the frame at the rear driver side wheel (can you see this with the body on the car?)
2. Somewhere along the firewall
3. In the drivers side door jamb. (Which part of the jamb?)
Anywhere else I need to be checking? Thanks for the help, this site has already been a great place to get information.
1) There is a partial vin on top of the frame rail that is hard to see with the body removed and almost impossible to see with the body in place,
2) The data plate is on the firewall, verify that it is also from Framingham, Mass. if the car is a hardtop it should read 6624217 FRA ******.
3) Make sure the vin tag in the door jam is attached with rosette rivets,
Also, check the casting number on the block, it is located next to the distributor along with the date code for the block, verify the date code is prior to the date listed on the data plate. The 66 GTO casting is 9778789 and the 66 GTO letter codes are located on the front of the block on the passenger's side,
Some of the letter codes are;
WW 389 335
WT 389 335
YS 389 335
XE 389 335
WV 389 360
WS 389 360
XS 389 360
YR 389 360
I would be cautious dealing with someone who does not want you to see the car before buying it, sounds like he is hiding something. I would not buy a GTO without first ordering a PHS report