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Old 04-04-2019, 03:20 PM
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Weird way for the state to run things, and in this case it put you in a predicament. Still not sure how they are issuing a registration without proof of ownership? Ohio requires a VIN inspection for vehicles brought in from out of state as well, but that paperwork must be completed before anything further is issued.

Regardless, it seems the easier way would have been to have the inspection done before you started, when the original cab and frame were both present. Then you have a clean title in hand. All current problems avoided...
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Old 04-04-2019, 03:49 PM
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I agree that would have been easier, but I talked to them when I first got the vehicle and they said they could not issue a clean title to a vehicle that was deemed unrepairable (my frame was in in 2 pieces) and spouted off some state statute. I took their word. Well during the build I have found out differently thru alot of research. So I know now for next time.
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Old 04-05-2019, 02:19 PM
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Tried to get a vin and title for my model a but they wanted it more complete before they would do it.
I am only using the cab from the model a. Everything else is built from scratch, new, or from a different vehicle.
The cab never had a vin number. The nonexistent engine had the serial number.
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Old 04-05-2019, 09:01 PM
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Originally Posted by Blue Eyed Devil View Post
Another case for having a clear title in hand BEFORE you even turn a wrench...
Or move to a state where you don't have to have a title!
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Old Yesterday, 08:45 AM
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Ok, here is one way to title your car, albeit a controversial way to do it. (It will be about 1 minute before someone comes on and says it is not the right way, but thousands of cars are running around using this method. )Disclaimer: I am not suggesting you go this route, just relaying how some people have done it.

There are people on Ebay who sell titles. Some of them are worthless and end up just being a wall hanging. However, there are a few guys on there who sell clean, ready to transfer titles, and they are notarized and come with a notarized bill of sale. In their ad on Ebay, they will spell out that there are some people selling titles that are junk, but they guarantee theirs to work.

Now, they are not cheap. They cost from $500 on up, depending on how popular the car is........a 32 Ford title would go for a lot more. However, if it solves your problem and gets you on the road, it is absolutely worth every penny.

What you have to do when you get the title is you order a vin number plate also off of Ebay. There are vendors who sell these, and you tell them the vin number and they send you a tag with that number either etched in or stamped in it. You pop rivet that to your old car.

Then, you MAY have to have a notary come by and verify that your tag reads the same as your new title (every State is different....some do not require this step) Then, you take all of that to your local DMV and transfer the title into your name.

As far as legality and all of that, this method is not totally Kosher but we are not stealing cars and rebadging them, we are simply trying to get an old car we built back on the road.

As I said, I do not endorse this method, but I bet there are more old cars on the road because if doing this than we will ever know.

The other method is to do an "Assembled from parts" title, where you save all your receipts for major components, take that to the DMV, and hope they will issue a new title. However, sometimes your car will be titled as a 2019 car, and needs all the current emission equipment and safety equipment that a brand new car has.

Some States are easy, some are impossible.

Again, I am not suggesting anyone do this, just saying how some people have done it.
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Old Yesterday, 11:51 PM
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I would cut out a patch from the old frame with the numbers and weld it into the new frame.
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