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Old February 9th, 2009, 07:57 PM
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Completely academic question but at what point does a restoration become a dreaded vin swap. For example one buys a beat-up D-110. In the first year you replace the frame. Next year the engine. Then you really get carried away and start ripping off body panels.
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Old February 9th, 2009, 08:11 PM
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Different states have specific laws regarding the changing of major items like the chassis. Often times, you have to go into the State Patrol and have them put a replacement VIN on a VIN-bearing part.

If you are replacing each part with like-for-like, then even if you replace the whole thing its pretty much a victimless crime - but technically when you start replacing parts that have VINs (usually just the chassis and bulkhead, but NAS 110's also have a VIN on the door post) then you have to make sure you are observing your local state laws.

How many people do this, I don't know.
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it applies to all makes I take it? http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/e...52BSI%26otn%3D2

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its also down to the interpretation of the individual agent. As we rebuild D110's and also Refurbish them to later spec. all the work we do conforms ith UK rebuild/refurbish laws.
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If you are replacing like parts with like parts and have a legitimate sales receipt for each part you will avoid having items questioned as stolen ....which is 50% of 1/2 of the battle anyhow.
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what if you were to buy an '84 110, and a late 90's 110 both in the UK. Couldn't you disassemble both of them, put all the parts into a container and ship the parts back to the US. Assemble all the newer parts on the 84 frame and call it good. It is legal to ship parts, and cars 25 yrs and older. You wouldn't have receipts for each individual part but a receipt for the whole car. it would be like a receipt for a buying a salvage car for parts. would there be any issue with that new of a motor in an 84? or doesn't it matter?
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you know the answer already, or you wouldn't be asking. You can import almost all the parts you want under the letter of the law but once you put them together to create a non conforming vehicle you are no longer kosher in the eyes of the feds. If it feels illegal, it probably is.


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what if you were to buy an '84 110, and a late 90's 110 both in the UK. Couldn't you disassemble both of them, put all the parts into a container and ship the parts back to the US. Assemble all the newer parts on the 84 frame and call it good. It is legal to ship parts, and cars 25 yrs and older. You wouldn't have receipts for each individual part but a receipt for the whole car. it would be like a receipt for a buying a salvage car for parts. would there be any issue with that new of a motor in an 84? or doesn't it matter?
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