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« on: November 03, 2012, 10:33:58 AM »

Guys,

Looking for some real life experiences here. I bought a 67 BB Vette and it spent some of it's early life in Union City TN and was wandering if the roads were salted back in the day over there. Hard to tell from my searching on line.

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Lawrence
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« Reply #1 on: November 03, 2012, 02:21:07 PM »

Hi Lawrence
Did you see my pm?
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« Reply #2 on: November 03, 2012, 09:52:40 PM »

Lawrence,

    I have lived all of my short (59) life in Tennessee - I can tell you for certain that very few roads were salted in TN until not too awfully long ago - even then, it was interstate highways for the most part, rural towns usually don't have salt equipment. Large cities like Nashville do have their own, but still on a smaller scale than most northern states. I lived just east of Nashville (but still in the Metro Nashville area) in the 60's until the mid 70's, and non-state-route roads were never salted at all - you just had to wait for the weather to warm up enough to melt the ice/snow (and yes, we used to get decent snows here in the 60's and 70's). My 69 Z was sold new in Nashville, I bought it in '73, and it is still in pretty decent shape for a street car (I drove it back and forth to school in Knoxville, interstate 187 miles one way from my parent's house, for several years, and it's still pretty much rust free in spite of my abuse to it).

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Steve
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« Reply #3 on: November 04, 2012, 09:29:03 PM »

Lawrence,

    I have lived all of my short (59) life in Tennessee - I can tell you for certain that very few roads were salted in TN until not too awfully long ago - even then, it was interstate highways for the most part, rural towns usually don't have salt equipment. Large cities like Nashville do have their own, but still on a smaller scale than most northern states. I lived just east of Nashville (but still in the Metro Nashville area) in the 60's until the mid 70's, and non-state-route roads were never salted at all - you just had to wait for the weather to warm up enough to melt the ice/snow (and yes, we used to get decent snows here in the 60's and 70's). My 69 Z was sold new in Nashville, I bought it in '73, and it is still in pretty decent shape for a street car (I drove it back and forth to school in Knoxville, interstate 187 miles one way from my parent's house, for several years, and it's still pretty much rust free in spite of my abuse to it).

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Steve
Steve,

Thanks for the reply I appreciate it.

My Vette was sold new at Sexton Chevrolet-Cadillac Harriman, TN.

My Vette has a scaley frame, I guess from normal driving over the last 45 years with no spray bomb sprayed on it since the factory paint. The frame is solid just surface rust but it's not a pretty site.

Thanks again,

Lawrence
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« Reply #4 on: November 04, 2012, 10:47:56 PM »

Lawrence,

No problem. How long was it registered in TN ? Two of my cars ('68 and '69 Z'z) were sold new here in TN and have remained here ever since - both are fairly well preserved, considering that they both were used as daily drivers from new. My '69 has been garaged since 1980, when I retired it from the street, but the '68 was not retired until about 1996 from active duty. Both subframes are in really good condition, with light surface rust only. Up until a couple of years ago, the DOT in Tennessee would copy all of the on-file documents for a "native" TN vehicle for a $15.00 flat fee, and give them to you (how I came by my dealer invoices and MSO's on both vehicles), but they have ceased doing that as "they don't have the manpower to go through the microfiche files". Hopefully you have the POP or documentation for the 'Vette - at least you have the dealer info.

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Steve
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« Reply #5 on: November 05, 2012, 12:35:57 AM »

Just a note:   'surface rust' is NOT the same as 'scaley rust'...  Scaley rust is much more severe, and much more metal has been lost.   
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« Reply #6 on: November 07, 2012, 09:47:42 PM »

Lawrence,

No problem. How long was it registered in TN ? Two of my cars ('68 and '69 Z'z) were sold new here in TN and have remained here ever since - both are fairly well preserved, considering that they both were used as daily drivers from new. My '69 has been garaged since 1980, when I retired it from the street, but the '68 was not retired until about 1996 from active duty. Both subframes are in really good condition, with light surface rust only. Up until a couple of years ago, the DOT in Tennessee would copy all of the on-file documents for a "native" TN vehicle for a $15.00 flat fee, and give them to you (how I came by my dealer invoices and MSO's on both vehicles), but they have ceased doing that as "they don't have the manpower to go through the microfiche files". Hopefully you have the POP or documentation for the 'Vette - at least you have the dealer info.

Regards,


The car was registered in TN from 1967 to 1974, then to Lawton Ok, then to MI for less than a year thank goodness then back to TN from 1976 to 1988.
I have the POP and NCRS docs confirming delivery to TN. I will write the DMV and see if I can get anywhere...it's worth a stamp Grin

Lawrence
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« Reply #7 on: November 07, 2012, 09:57:17 PM »

Just a note:   'surface rust' is NOT the same as 'scaley rust'...  Scaley rust is much more severe, and much more metal has been lost.   


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I agree, I mis spoke. The frame has no scale just surface rust with a few pits. This car was in storage three different times while the owner was in Europe for work. My estimation is the this storage environment was not the best regarding humidity. The scale is from the OK dirt on the frame. I have found rocks in nooks in the frame.
I plan pressure washing the frame maybe this weekend, then rigging up a Evap O Rust bath for the frame. Eventually taking the body off for a chasis rest.
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Flat hood no spoiler, black top, endura, 4:10
POP 39,000
69 X77 Z/28 69 711 Original Paint Unrestored
'69 X66 Convertible Cortez Silver 712 black top Endura, auto, bumper guards, am/fm rear speaker 44k miles
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« Reply #8 on: November 07, 2012, 09:57:43 PM »

I work for a gm dealership in tn called sexton and there are still in business so you might try to call them.
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