w/ the availabilty of new frames and bodies, i was thinking of building a "new" CJ, and was wondering if anyone else had thought of this, or done it and what i would need to do to get plates and a title etc.
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all you would need to get the title would be to buy the VIN and title from someone that has a wrecked Jeep of the same style you build. Then you place the VIN on your vehicle and transfer the title into your name.
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good luck, i spent alot of money, building my jeep, gave my registraion to a buddy, never planned on putting mine on the road, he wrote his jeep off, now listed as destroyed vehicle, so i have no vin or title, anyone got any ideas...
It's my understanding that VIN swapping is not strictly legal anywhere.
The laws were designed to prevent this practice due to the illegal technique of taking the VIN from a junker and placeing them on a stolen vehicle making it hard to trace it's real background.
This practice IS fairly common in the Jeep world, however, due to so much tub and frame swapping going on which sometimes leaves little to none of the original OEM components remaining on the "same" vehicle.
It was suggested to me recently that selling a few of the vehicle's components, i.e. dash w/VIN sticker, windshield w/VIN tag, frame, axels, tub, etc.... along with the VIN tag, title and regestration may make this practice a little more acceptable (legal?) to the authorities ...
We build shop built trailers and we get a police office check them out, to see if they are stolen. Then get them weighted and inspected. I don't see why you couldn't do the same thing with a shop built vehicle.
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Re: new CJ7
I'd thought about doing this, briefly I don't see why it couldn't be done for about the same amount as a new TJ. And it'd be BEEFIER. About the title and VIN and all that junk. I'd suggest looking into a title for a self-built rig. Call your local DMV. I know here in Oregon they have titles like that. I know my termanology(self-built rig) probably isn't correct though
"James and the Giant Jeep"
1993 Wrangler 4.0/5spd, Herculined Interior, D44s Soon
i have a home built rig.. its pretty nice for my standards.. and i have about $4500-$5000 into it.. but i have done 99% of the work.. most of the parts i got from junkyards/other jeepers... and i even purchased a waggoneer for 800 bucks.. which donated the steering, front axle, and 401.. i used my old salvaged title from my previous jeep.. is my jeep a new tj? no.. i havent rebuilt the engine yet.. it runs strong.. doesnt burn any oil.. but besides that everything is rebuilt.. and what not.. the most of my cash went into the axles.. and tires..
getting a jeep this way is so gratifying.. i cant explain it.. i know every little inch of her.. i know her weak spots.. and strong points.. i know whats wrong before it goes wrong.. and i now have no fear.. since i have built this jeep.. i know i can fix it..