Join Date: Oct 2001
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Re: Title and vin change
I've thought about building a jeep from scratch...either a flatfender or another CJ5. I know of several jeeps that are basket cases with good VIN's and titles. I was thinking about ordering a frame and body and drivetrain and building a nice machine and then registering it with the VIN off one of the older ones....maybe use the steering wheel or something for continuity *grin*. One hand it is a new vehicle, and should be subject to emissions and such--hence the use of the old VIN. On the other hand, if you change out your body 'cause it is rusted, and your frame 'cause it cracked, and upgrade to D44 front and D60 rear or some such, there isn't much of the original jeep left, so isn't it the same thing?
My guess for you is you might get away with it....especially if the VIN is for a CJ5 and you bring in a CJ5. Using the older CJ5 VIN on a CJ7 would be more likely to cause a raised eyebrow or two.
Good luck with whatever you decide.