I went through a similiar situation with my CJ about 2 years ago. I was unaware of most of the laws that go along with
titles,bodies and frames. Here's a little about what I had to do...of course this is in Virginia, so I don't if the laws apply
When I called to have the old body removed from my garage by a local wrecker, I was told that the only way they could
take it was with the title! Of course he could plainly see the new body on my rebuilt CJ, he told me that VIN numbers
that are fixed onto the body can't be removed and the VIN number follows the main body and NOT the frame, fenders,
or hood. I had removed the VIN and put it onto my new body. I didn't really think anything of it! In essence I would have
to get a "salvage" title for my new CJ.
I told him thanks for the info. and that I would call him back later to pick it up.
I made a call to the DMV, and of course they told me it was illegal to remove VIN plates! So, at this point I am
now a felon! They gave me another number to call and this guy had all the info! He was the man in Richmond in
charge of Vehicle theft prevention. Sounds important! Anyway, to make a long story short...he made a phone call
for me and then I got a call from the VA State Highway Patrol! They sent out an officer to look at the old body and
watch me remove the VIN number from the old body (which I had done once already!) and attach it to the new body.
At this point he gave me only a few forms to sign one of which was an application for a new title. My new title arrived
in a few days, and now I could have the old body removed since I had a VOID title for it. I say VOID because it was
void by the officer.
That's my story...one more thing...they even sent me a new VIN plate for my new CJ. Great bunch of guys and really
helpful. Not once did I get accused of anything. I'd just give your DMV a call...mine was really helpful, maybe you'll get
great help like I did.
'78 CJ7 258 T18/dana 20 dana 30/amc 20 w/ mosers & lockrights
'glass body tied in full cage