West Coast Report – Fourth Edition: By John Gilbert

Notice of Violation

Worldwide, I believe most car collectors recognize California as the birthplace of custom car culture, and the ultimate source for rust free vintage cars and parts. That said, I wonder if folks realize its all hanging by a thread? California isn’t famous for preservation of automotive history, I call it the Cash for Clunkers mentality its a big push to erase California’s car culture from the face of the earth.

Around mid-January, I received a letter from the city I live in with a list of violations someone in my neighborhood accused me of committing.  Unfortunately when one gets turned in to the city by one of their neighbors they don’t have the right to know who their accuser is. The passive aggressive sort can remain anonymous, there’s no way to determine if the complaint came from a legitimate neighboring home owner, or a real estate agent intent on squeezing a few more bucks out of a nearby listing. A fellow car collector in the neighborhood told me the latest scam is for people trying buy a car from someone that doesn’t want to sell, is to report the car as a nuisance to the city, and then wait until the owner gets forced to sell, or scrap.

Cutting through paragraphs of boilerplate the city’s bottom line is the only place I can work on a car project or store it is inside my garage. The bright side to all of this is shortly after the letter from the city arrived I was in an MPMC media trade meeting with Colby Martin. Colby is SEMA’s director for the SEMA Action Network. I’ve written about it before, SEMA already has a model in place to deal with unfair inoperable vehicle laws. The task is going to be how to get the model enacted into California law. This is going to be an ongoing subject, and its one that applies to anyone that lives in the United States. Updates next week.


Cameo, Cameo, wherefore art thou Cameo?

If that’s not the corniest title ever — It’s the Cameo Carriers I want to spotlight here, but the entire Tri-five series, 1955-59 Chevy trucks were out in full force at the 2013 Scottsdale Barrett Jackson auction. Not only were they there, some were bringing pretty good money in comparison to the prices they’re currently bringing on the street. A Tri-five Chevy in the So Cal area selling in the $25-35,000 range brought as much as $71,500. A look at Barrett-Jackson’s results page revealed prices were all over the map. A good example was lot  951. If I were writing a feature about this truck for Classic Trucks or Custom Classic Trucks I would title it “Heinz ’57.” What else would you call a truck listed as a ’57 GMC, with a ’55 Chevy hood, and a ’57 Chevy grille? What struck me the most about the truck was it’s small-window cab with shaved drip rails. I say this because small-window cabs are in the least demand, and shaving the drip rails is the easiest way to save a rusted-out roof.

Bringing the focus back to the Cameo Carrier, was it a styling exercise done to indicate market demand? The fiberglass bed sides GM used to wrap its standard steel stepside bed pre-dated the ’57 Ford Styleside by two years. A year and a half after Ford the all-steel Chevrolet Fleetside bed wasn’t introduced until mid-year 1958.

This is a 1957 Chevy Cameo Carrier. Note in’57 Cameo bedsides gained extra trim that lent well to two-toning.

Note 3124 in the side emblems: From 1955-1957 instead of the 3100 used to designate a ½-ton shortbed, or 3200 a ½-ton longbed, 3124 denoted a Cameo Carrier.

This is a 1958 Cameo Carrier that sold at auction at Scottsdale 2013. Note the 3124 emblem was replaced with Apache 31. The Apache model was introduced in 1958 and available throughout the ½-ton lineup.

The rarest Cameo ever? Research for another day it would be interesting to know if this 1958 NAPCO Cameo Carrier is real, or just a really neat exercise in recreating something that never was. I found several vehicles at Scottsdale 2013 that were upgraded after the fact with factory options… In other words, cars that never were. A fully-loaded 1963 Studebaker Champ pickup that was built up from a base model with only one original option comes to mind.

When late-model bed swaps go bad: Got a $25,000 truck you’d like to get $8,000 for? I found this ’57 Chevy in the auction area at Hot August Nights in 2007.


Street Art for the Road

Art and object driven, sounds cool whatever it means. I hadn’t planned on going to the Scottsdale auctions until the day before when my friend Henry at Newport Classic Cars called and said he’d like me to be there to help him size up some vehicles. My first choice for transportation is always to drive. A dumb idea, I told Henry as long as I was driving out I might as well drag along my tandem car trailer. I drove all day across the desert just to get to the desert. Let’s just call it performance art. Sure the square art world doesn’t recognize anything associated with Custom Culture as art, but that’s okay because we all know that’s because they’re square. So if I want to call hauling Bruce Willis’ former ’55 Chevy Nomad back to Newport Beach performance art, I can do that.

The first thing I did in Scottsdale was to drop off my tandem at Russo & Steele’s trailer lot. It would have cost $50.00, but the lot attendant said there was only a couple of days left, so I parked for free. Everyone working at Russo & Steele was first class.

I didn’t get a parking sticker like the other trailers, so I was a little nervous about leaving it.

Newport Classic Cars hauled five vehicles out to Russo & Steele. This ’61 Chevy Impala SS was the first one I got to see cross the block. Although the people running it are really nice, Russo doesn’t spend as much time describing the vehicles, and it wasn’t mentioned this ’61 was a real, and very rare SS, and it didn’t come even close to hitting the reserve.

Held at West World I think it would be safe to say due to the immensity of it all the Scottsdale Barrett Jackson auction is the granddaddy of all car auctions. Outside there was a giant vendor area inside and outside of tents. This inflatable spray booth captured my imagination.

Available in custom painted pink the Mercedes-Benz Unimog is the ultimate urban survival vehicle.

The best gathering of great automotive artists I’ve ever seen, I wish I’d shot better coverage of the automotive art gallery assembled at Barrett Jackson. I did take a snap of Eric Hermann next to his booth. I met Eric last December in Ventura, California while we were both exhibiting at the David Mann Chopper Fest art exhibit.

Here they are at Scottsdale: Another great automotive artist I met Al DiMauro and his wife at the Syracuse Nationals in Syracuse New York. Originally from Upstate New York, Al and his wife live in Arizona.

How’s this for confusion: With GM Classics Rule! emblazoned down each side of the trailer the tow truck pulling it was a brand-new matching red Ford pickup.

I took this photo of the Nomad before I loaded it just in case I ripped the sides off driving the ’55 onto the trailer… hey, there’s always that risk.

Point it straight, and veer tight left trying to keep driver side trailer fender in sight.

Perfect! balance the car on the trailer with the tongue angle right, and tie it down. Four straps is the legal minimum.

The first rest stop west of Phoenix. Check the tie-downs, talk with tourists digging the ’55 and then keep driving.

The second rest stop west of Phoenix. A Utah tourist remembered Tim Allen’s Nomad on Tool Time… she didn’t know who Bruce Willis was, weird huh? Check the tie-downs, and cheack there’s still four tires on the trailer. Donate used Coffee to the porcelain shrine.

Gas is a half buck less in Arizona than California. Pulled into Quartzite, but the gas lines were too long. Opted for a Subway tuna barge with extra onions. Bought a Subway cookie, but it was too stale to eat, it made a good wheel chock.

The only place my truck and trailer would fit in Quartzite was in the no-parking area behind the Subway. I asked a guy working there if my rig would be okay, and he said “no problem.” Nice folks in that town!

The official Chevrolet name for the ’55 Nomad’s light blue color is Skyline Blue… Where do you think they got that name from?


This one got Away

Photo by Bob Ryder editor, Drive! magazine: That’s me next to it.  I’d always dreamt of finding an old Peterbilt, and turning it into a big ol’ hot rod truck for the open road when on Ocotber 2, 2010 the dream came true. I was checking out a Chevy pickup to shoot for Custom Classic Trucks in Atwater, California when I was given this ’77 Peterbilt 289. It was the neatest thing ever, the owner saw how much I liked the truck, and said it yours if you want it. As you can see by the photos the truck didn’t have one dent, but was missing its Cat engine.

Here’s a Polaroid of the Pete when she was in her prime.

It came to a sad end. The Pete was always on my mind, but I never came up with an affordable way to get it hauled some 300 miles to my house. Eventually the owner got tired of waiting for me and sent the truck to the scrapper. I’m guessing it got melted down and turned into hubcaps for 4,323 Honda cars.

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  • John Gilbert

    March 16th, 2013

    The first four editions of West Coast Eastwood’s West Coast Report I cranked out way ahead of time. For next week’s 5th edition I’m going to knock it out only hours before it goes live.

    This means if any of you folks have any comments or something you’d like me to respond to you can post it here in the comments and I’ll get to addressing it in the 5th WCE.


    John G.

  • Chris Henson

    March 17th, 2013

    Unfortunately we have a bunch of misleading leaders in this country that have other agendas. Here’s something for them to chew on….

    Where Does the Carbon Really Come From? Professor Ian Plimer could not have said it better! If you’ve read his book you will agree, this is a good summary.

    Okay, here’s the bombshell. The volcanic eruption in Iceland, since its first spewing of volcanic ash has, in just FOUR DAYS, NEGATED EVERY SINGLE EFFORT you have made in the past five years to control CO2 emissions on our planet – all of you.

    Of course you know about this evil carbon dioxide that we are trying to suppress – it’s that vital chemical compound that every plant requires to live and grow and to synthesize into oxygen for us humans and all animal life.

    I know, it’s very disheartening to realize that all of the carbon emission savings you have accomplished while suffering the inconvenience and expense of: driving Prius hybrids, buying fabric grocery bags, sitting up till midnight to finish your kid’s “The Green Revolution” science project, throwing out all of your non-green cleaning supplies, using only two squares of toilet paper, putting a brick in your toilet tank reservoir, selling your SUV and speedboat, vacationing at home instead of abroad, nearly getting hit every day on your bicycle, replacing all of your 50 cents light bulbs with $10.00 light bulbs …well, all of those things you have done have all gone down the tubes in just four days.

    The volcanic ash emitted into the Earth’s atmosphere in just four days – yes – FOUR DAYS ONLY by that volcano in Iceland, has totally erased every single effort you have made to reduce the evil beast, carbon. And there are around 200 active volcanoes on the planet spewing out this crud at any one time – EVERY DAY.

    I don’t really want to rain on your parade too much, but I should mention that when the volcano Mt Pinatubo erupted in the Philippines in 1991, it spewed out more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere than the entire human race had emitted in all its years on earth. Yes folks, Mt Pinatubo was active for over one year – think about it.

    Of course I shouldn’t spoil this touchy-feely tree-hugging moment and mention the effect of solar and cosmic activity and the well-recognized 800-year global heating and cooling cycle, which keep happening, despite our completely insignificant efforts to affect climate change.

    And I do wish I had a silver lining to this volcanic ash cloud but the fact of the matter is that the bush fire season across the western USA and Australia this year alone will negate your efforts to reduce carbon in our world for the next two to three years. And it happens every year.

    Just remember that your government just tried to impose a whopping carbon tax on you on the basis of the bogus human-caused climate change scenario.

    Hey, isn’t it interesting how they don’t mention “Global Warming” any more, but just “Climate Change” – you know why? It’s because the planet has COOLED by 0.7 degrees in the past century and these global warming bull artists got caught with their pants down.

    And just keep in mind that you might yet have an Emissions Trading Scheme – that whopping new tax – imposed on you, that will achieve absolutely nothing except make you poorer. It won’t stop any volcanoes from erupting, that’s for sure.

    But hey, relax, give the world a hug and have a nice day!

  • John Gilbert

    March 17th, 2013


    Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment. I’ll address what you have posted in the 5th West Coast Report. It’s an interesting subject for sure!

    — John G.

  • Terry Melen

    March 24th, 2013

    Nice blog.
    Great photos

  • Lee Alexander

    March 24th, 2013

    Nice report . Glad to see Pickups are bring better prices. As for story in California better think about getting out. I moved to Colorado 13 yrs ago and no problem with neighbors about projects in progress.

  • Dave1162

    March 24th, 2013

    very nice rides I am restoring a 1977Jeep Cherokee 2 door 4×4 I am looking for 100% factory and I am having trouble finding parts for the old 258cid and I need 1 marker light chrome any thought where I can find them

  • Ben

    March 24th, 2013

    ” I call it the Cash for Clunkers mentality its a big push to erase California’s car culture from the face of the earth.” Sorry, I don’t see that changing anytime soon, you are on the wrong end of that argument with your fellow comrades. Expect it to get worse before it gets better.

  • -Nate

    March 24th, 2013

    I live in Pasadena and have been through the fake ” Code Enforcement ” nightmare thanx to the drnken old woman next door who colluded to falsify evidence against me with the crooked Code Enforcement Officer who told me it’d all go away if I just gave him one of my Vintage cars…

    FAT CHANCE ! I’d burn ‘em all first .

    One tip : title and register _EVERY_ONE_ you have then file a one time Non Operational Status form with the DMV as most Munincipal ordenances pivot around un registered vehicles moreso than non operational .

    Nice Cameo Carriers ! .


  • Finatic

    March 24th, 2013

    The West Coast Report is a great read, looking forward to the 5th edition.

  • David Wood

    March 24th, 2013

    This kind of thing has happened to many people and has caused them to let their vehicle go to the wrecking yard or practically given away because they have no where to work on it or store it… I’m glad that their is a group that will try to step in to help in these matters so cars and peoples hopes and dreams are not lost forever. Thanks, to all concerned… P. S. I am not a home owner and have a couple of project vehicles, it’s been difficult to say the least to try to juggle where to keep them and also have a place to work on ‘em too.

  • Steve

    March 24th, 2013

    I had the same thing happen. On Jan 22 2013 I received a notice from the city of Norwood Ohio to remove 2 cars within 10 days or I would be fined every day past the 10 days. These cars had been here over 10 years with no problem. I read the city ordinance & it said the cars had to be in a structute but it didn’t say it had to be a permanet structure so I asked if I could use a portable tarp covered car shelter, they said if I was able to get it approved by the building department I could keep the cars. I was able to only get a permit for a shelter that would fit 1 car so I did that and got rid of the other car less all the parts I was saving the car for. It’s bull crap since Norwood Ohio had been a long time car building city since they used to build the Camaro & Firebird here but they just flat out don’t care. GOOD LUCK

  • Jesse

    March 24th, 2013

    Same problem, Fairborn, Oh.
    Goes around comes around Ms. Karen Bocko

  • Ken Mayle

    March 24th, 2013

    Lots of great humor, pictures & information in
    your reporting process. I was glad to know there are other old iron freedom seekers still on the planet…
    Thanks for updating & sharing the fun stuff….
    Stay mobile, don’t get trampled by the system……


    March 24th, 2013

    I am painfully aware of this kind of harassment.
    The city of oklahoma city hauled away my projects. ie
    1 1978 mercedes benz 450 sl with hard top
    1 1972 chevrolet c10 pickup
    1 1978 gmc blazer
    they tried to take my 79 ta firebird on my trailer, but I towed the trailer and car away, almost ran over the guy from th city……he was pretty fast on his feet.

  • wizardofx

    March 24th, 2013

    I just moved to Pasadena because I thought CA was the mecca of classic cars and hot rods. The fact is, it’s a nanny state with everyone in your business telling you what you can’t do. When I started restoring my ’68 Torino this year. (LOTS and LOTS of supplies from Eastwood…btw) I was warned not to try to paint my car in the garage because of “the man.” I found it’s best to get to know your neighbors- FAST. Once they know you, respect your hobby, craftsmanship and your story, there’s a human connection. I bring lemons off the tree to them all as a gesture of friendship. It has definitely helped. That and a NON-OP registration.

  • Andrew K.

    March 24th, 2013

    I must admit I’ve reported my neighbor a couple of times. NOT for working on his car, but for doing burnouts in front on my house at 11pm or 7am. It’s just loud enough to wake up my 2 year old.

    I figure of all the parking lots at those hours that are empty why does he choose a neighborhood.

    My township on the other hand only requires a car have a current PA state registration. The car can be a parts car stripped to the frame, but if it’s registered they can’t do anything.

    Though they do require you to mow your grass if its over 10 inches, and will fine you for using a tractor, bathtub, old motorcycle, etc as a planter or ornament in front of your house.

    The township is Bristol, Pa. btw, just north of Philadelphia.

    Bottom line. get out of California. their laws just plain suck @ss

  • Pat

    March 24th, 2013

    Welcome to the nanny state. Remember Government knows what’s best. Now bend over and take it like good little compliant sheep.

  • Michael Lehner

    March 24th, 2013

    This can happen anywhere. I have a 71 Benz and a 72 Benz,2 70 and 2 71 Karmann Ghias, an 89 Plymouth Colt, an 04 Beetle convertible 5 speed turbo and a 2012 Honda CR-V. I rent 4 garages to keep out of trouble and still have cars everywhere. I’m a neighbor’s worst nightmare. I even annoy myself. I live in Iowa and sometimes I feel like I am all alone in this car storage thing. I just keep switching them around and working on them and waiting for the hammer to drop.

  • Chuck

    March 24th, 2013

    California, known here a “liberalism gone insane” has long been the bane of car guys. They have tried to pass laws that won’t allow any unregistered vehicle in your yard (makes it hard to own a race car). As I recall for a time they were impounding cars right out of peoples driveways. I can understand they don’t want a small junkyard at your house but they get ridiculous about it.

  • Jim Owens

    March 24th, 2013

    I got reported once for my 89 Mustang LX and 77 Mercury Capri the latter of which was behind my solid fence and you had to go onto my property to see it. Luckily for me they trespassed to get the plate and the administrator was a car guy so he suggested I fill out a “project vehicle” report which gives you a year of time to work on it and can be extended if the project does not get done in time. Well to say the least I have not had a complaint since and it has been a quiet three years. I do try to help out my neighbors when I notice they are having car troubles as a public service in the hopes that they will put up with my projects and my friends coming over to work on theirs at times.

  • Lakeratiam

    March 24th, 2013

    Hot rodders are unfairly and unjustly being viewed in a negative way by ignorant/uninformed government entities as eco unfriendly, speed demons with “eye sores” in their front yards. Most all of the negativity comes from a very small few that play to the stereo type. Thus the rest of the enthusiasts pay the price. Seems like that as enthusiasts, we need to police our own and work with local government entities to find acceptable solutions. Money talks, and in our town one way in which there has been positive progress towards improving “the image” is having a official city sanctioned cruise night. It is sponsored by the local car clubs and a local radio station. The entire down town area is closed off to all traffic except the classic cars of course which must show proof of insurance and registration. The public shows up in force to see all the cars and spend money in the shops that would otherwise be closed for the evening. Good for the enthusiasts and the local down town economy.

  • David Steen

    March 24th, 2013

    I’ve never heard of the Non-Op permit. Everyone needs to check on this. It would really suck to have a ’32 Ford or Hemi-Cuda,or Grandmas Buick towed away while at work. My Uncle in Greenville,SC called a few years ago,a friend had a ’71 Dodge Demon he was forced to sell by the city. He’d rollit out of the 1 car garageto the driveway to work on,and roll it back in when finished,never left out. Got busted for Non-Op. Had to quick sell $10,000 project for less than $2,000. Or city would’ve gone into garage and take it !!!!! Scary and true !!!! C.Y.A.!!!!!

  • Rick Doone

    March 24th, 2013

    As a citizen of the U.S. you have a Constitutional Right to face your accuser. I would get a lawyer and go to court if the police, city or whatever agency won’t release the info on the accuser.

  • Steve Hitz

    March 24th, 2013

    had the same problem over the years. i’d use a ‘classic car cover’ over them. put jack stands undrerneath them to give the impression that the tires held air. mowed the grass around them. i think they just hate an ‘eyesore’, so if you cover it up, they’ll leave you alone. plus–get tags and insurance. all they really want is money, after all. lol

  • warren t

    March 24th, 2013

    Towns all over are terrible to deal with. I had to scrap 42 cars all to be used for parts and projects. The cars were on 29 acres hidden between the trees and could not be seen from the road. They found them using google earth . BIG BROTHER is watching!

  • Rob Davison

    March 24th, 2013

    I fought that battle in the early 70′s in McGregor, Tx which is a town of 5000 or less 20 miles west of Waco. Some of the local old biddies would load up in the ring leader’s new Caddy and ride around town in the early evening writing down things that they then turned into the city administrator to be addressed. One or more of my cars was on that list. I had bought it from the dealer I worked for and had a current registration and tags for it so that took car of it. A lot of my neighbors got notices to pull weeds or mow lawns from those old heifers evening cruises around town.

    If it sits out in the driveway where people can see it tag the thing and don’t store stuff in it. Make it look like it gets driven and even move it or turn it around on a regular basis. Roll it out and swap spaces. If it is on grass move it and mow so no grass grows up around it. Swap it out with the car in the back for a week or two so anyone who drives by sees different vehicles sitting there.
    And keep the yard up. An overgrown lawn draws negative attention as do weeds.
    Luckily I live 400 ft off the road and in the middle of a 70 acre alfalfa field but I’m waiting for the day someone comes along with a letter saying that My cars present a nuisance to the general public. I’m on Indian trust land so the state and or county have no authority over me and that helps some.

  • Barton johnston

    March 24th, 2013

    I had the same thing happen to me when the people across the street keep calling the cops on my van that was parked on the street that it had current tags and ins.when that did not work he called the city on us the van was ok but my rv parked in my drive way the city finded me $450.00 I live in the back of a court so you cant see the rv until you drive down the court.the inspector came out and told me I had to put up a fence that was 6′ high and was 20′ from the sidewalk so I put up a chain link fence no more problems and my re is stilled parked in the drive way

  • chris baumgarth

    March 24th, 2013

    I lived in St. Charles, MO when it happened to me. I had a one car garage full of tools and my 67 Cutlass in the driveway (my fist car). I had the dash out to fix a small spot of rust at the bottom of the windshield when I got my letter from the city telling me they were going to tow it in 30 days. I know it seems like a no problem job in 30 days. Well, I was 19 living on my own not a lot of extra time or money. Not very happy I called the city back to find an alternative (this is my baby after all). While I was talking to the guy I noticed he kept using the term “public view” turns out 2 pieces of pipe and a 8ft piece of chain link fence and my baby was safe and out of public view. Go read the laws usually the people enforcing them don’t know them or just want it their way. Good luck to all with this problem.

  • Mike Tobey

    March 24th, 2013

    You should name the city involved. There may be an answer. Some cities go overboard in enforcing some laws that most ignore unless its an ongoing problem.


  • Neal B

    March 24th, 2013

    The example you make about california is exactly what is happening in America. I reccomend that you stay and help change America back into the Great Nation it was before all the bleeding heart liberals.

  • mike D

    March 24th, 2013

    well i had this exact conversation this morning as im in un-icorporated in Reno NV but have found out all types of variances had been issued long before me, now Im concerned about resale value, especially since the RE crisis hit Reno very hard, however I have a 4 car garage with 3 cars in it, and my neigbor has maybe 15 -20 cars, inside and out, we have a sanford and son neigbor who is good friend, but the thought of what this can do to resale concerns me– so politics makes me crazy, its all about the almighty buck !! just my 2 cent opinion………

  • Frank Ham

    March 24th, 2013

    You need reasonable laws, to start with. You should be able to work on your stuff-on your property, but, other people should not be harmed by your actions.
    Your stuff has to be out of sight from the public. You need proof of owner ship: title & bill of sale. Resistration & insurance for a vehicle that is not operating on the public roads is excessive and unnessary.
    If your laws don’t allow you to work on your custom or classic vehicles—work to get the laws changed. SEMA will help, but get organized with clubs, shows, groups and ask for help from you political reps. They are the only ones that can get this fixed.
    We did it in Washington State and things are much better. It is still an individual fight with the individual cities.

  • brian schlief

    March 24th, 2013

    I retired 14 years ago in San Jose area and moved to the smallest town i could find in northern Minnesota, it was like moving back to the USA that i had grown up in. am working on my second project car and have none of the hassle of the liberal state I left. move out and enjoy life!

  • Reggie

    March 24th, 2013

    You can track down the scumbag that turned you in, go down to the city and ask for the complete file on the incident, if they used email their email address will be there, sometimes the phone number will be there if they called it in, sometimes if they reported it in person their sex or nearby neighbor will be recorded if they left the complaint on a recording that will be available, and sometimes if the tattle tale gets a copy of the report that will be recorded also. They copy the driver license and name of anyone who requests copies. When you go there, there will be a sign in board-look through it to see if any of your neighbors name is wrtten in, Also, record the city when they show up, here is one

  • Reed Ellis

    March 24th, 2013

    I know what you mean about the neighbor. I live in Dallas where they are not quite as PC but it got so bad with my neighbor that she started screaming when I used a rattle can of primer to cover a new weld on the lawnmower handle.

  • Jeff

    March 24th, 2013

    There is a way to find out who turned you in .Tell the citys abatement officer who you will deal with you , that you want too challenge the accuser in court , Then the accuser has a choice either show up too court or drop the complaint . If they drop the complaint , they have too close the case . ( CA) Also I have told my nieghbors if you can pick up the phone and call the city , Give them your Number so they can call you first and then you have a chance too take care of the problem it does work , Peolpe Have just forgot how too talk too each other anymore ……..

  • Bruce Flinn

    March 24th, 2013

    I live in a community governed by an association with their own bylaws. I too am forced to keep any project cars (no registration or insurance) in my garage otherwise I can be fined $50 everyday it is out in the open. I live in the Pocono mountains of PA, not what you would expect.

  • Wolf

    March 24th, 2013

    Going through this right now.Had a lowlife try to purchase my 72 Charger S.E. came on real strong for me to sell,a few weeks later I have the city on my a$$ to remove my car from the premises the “inspector” that they sent out said the antique plates were not enough that it also had to have a windshield registration sticker and a front plate.Antique plates are issued as 1 plate only.Also I was told I was not allowed to work on my own vehicle at my house sitting 3 feet from my front door.They tried the same thing a few years ago when they sent me a letter stating that my car was illegally there as it had no valid registration,inspection,dismantled,discarded,abandoned.this was in june and I had till july 4 to render it operable.The car was legally tagged and inspected since february.watch out for anyone that comes in your yard wanting to look at your classic car the city thieves will work against you.

  • Bob Magee

    March 25th, 2013

    How about my problem, after building a frame from scratch to be placed under my 1940 Ford convertible for the last 17 years on a Back Yard Buddy lift in my garage. It was 99.9% complete. Lightning struck my phone line and burnt up everything in my garage. The ins. co. refuses to pay saying the frame is a “VEHICLE” It can’t be registered of driven, it’s just a frame. They also refuse to pay for anything “AUTOMOTIVE” in my garage. I had extra motorcycle mag wheels, a new interior for my Ford that also was destroyed. Make sure you are insured for any extra parts you have of they refuse to pay. “THE BIG PRINT GIVITH AND THE SMALL PRINT TAKEITH AWAY”

  • Steve

    March 25th, 2013

    I can relate to the bad neighbor’s, I don’t care how many boats they have in their yard, just let me work on my projects…

  • John Gilbert

    March 25th, 2013

    You guys, thanks so much for your replies!

    There’s some updates coming in the 5th West Coast Report, and then yesterday at Hot Rod magazine’s 65th birthday show in Pomona, I talked with Colby about how SEMA SAN can help us establish reasonable laws in each of the states we live in.
    Check out Kentucky, the SEMA model is law in that state.

    Thanks again, and don’t let the bastards get you down!

  • Kit Maira

    March 25th, 2013

    I was worried about the city targeting my non-op vehicles as well. My neighbor, who is old truck friendly suggested that I take turn the truck backwards in my drive and close the gate in front of it so the code inspector couldn’t easily tell if the truck was currently registered or not without entering my property. So far so good. Hopefully that problem will be remedied next week when the tags arrive.
    I enjoyed the pics of the Cameos. Always thought they were the prettiest Chevy trucks. I see that there are repops available on-line to turn stepsides into faux Cameos. Might make a cool install story.

  • Angel De Dios

    March 26th, 2013

    Doesn’t it just make your blood boil to hear about neighbors or even city code inspectors trying to get you to get rid of your precious project. I just don’t get it, why don’t they just let it be, we’re not bothering anyone, we just want to work on our project to make it road worthy and even better than new so it can be environmentally friendly. At least that is what I try to do with my projects.

  • Ronald Clem

    March 26th, 2013

    Same here in Denver, Colo. I recieved several complaints from anomus sources. Here we do not have the laws that california has but they have to be moved every 7 days (tire marking) and regestered. The best way is to regester them and have a current licence. Even though I was totaly clean in the front of my house we ended up moving because of this bs. Now we are looking for 5 plus acres. Lesson learned for us. Save them, don’t crush them. Fight the good fight.

  • john gilbert

    March 26th, 2013

    You guys, what I really want folks to understand, and it’s confirmed by many of your replies is this not a California only problem. It’s happening all across the United States. If you don’t have the problem, you will.

    Enacting the SEMA model for a Pro-Hobbiest Inoperative Vehicle bill in your state is the answer.

    Thank you,

    John G.

  • john

    April 21st, 2013

    Thanks For sharing informational article..

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  • John Gilbert

    May 8th, 2013

    Sorry, you guys I haven’t checked back to this week’s edition’s comments since March 26. I guess that’s a lesson.

    Anyways, thanks for the tip on Chrysler M-B parts.

    And to all three of you, thank you so much for the positive comments!


    John G.

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