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Old 16 Mar 2012, 01:16 pm
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Default Mismatched VINS PLEASE READ!!!!!)?

I recently purchased a car from somebody. When they bought the car, it was used as a track car and had nothing but a steering wheel, pedals, gauge cluster, and a seat. He bought a shell from a newer year model of that car and put the interior from it into the track car and had the rest crushed. Now, a few years later, I bought the car. After much discussion on legal issues, we have decided to remove the dash. However, I would like to know if there would be a way around this. Let's say I find someone on Craigslist parting out a CRX, from my research, I could get a signed receipt, install the dash, and file for a rebuilt title and it would be legal to have that dash with a (different) VIN then what's tied into my plates. The guy I bought the car from has been fully cooperating and has even made a couple of 2-hour trips just to come out and help me; just to kinda eliminate the idea that I bought a stolen car. (The VIN's on the door frame and engine bay are the same and they match on the title, which is in the guy I bought it from's name.) So does anyone have any ideas on how I could have a legal dash?


The car is an 89 Honda CRX Si, and the dashboard VIN is/was attached to the dashboard and not the frame itself.

The guy who did the engine swap and all other mods does not have the original dash anymore, so acquiring it is out of the question.

I live in the State of Texas (for laws on the matter that vary from state to state).

Thanks in advance!

Ahh, that's the thing. It hasn't been inspected since the interior work was done. (Inspection expired in '08)
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Old 16 Mar 2012, 01:32 pm
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I don;t think it will be a problem with a used dashboard if the car is already plated and in the dmv system.
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Old 16 Mar 2012, 01:47 pm
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Hopefully you do know that what you want to do is illegal?

But back many years ago - like in 1970 - I did the same thing with a Corvair. I only used the vin plate as it was pop riveted on & then repainted everything with a spray can. Hey! I got my plates & title OK!

Please note that I am not telling you to do the same thing as it is illegal only what can be done.
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Old 16 Mar 2012, 02:01 pm
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As you know, law enforcement is very picky about enforcement. With the bill of sale and the both the vin#'s you should be able to generate enough original part #'s via a honda dealer to match the two for non-stolen parts. You will have to work with your local law enforcement agencies, but they should be able to issue a "Sheriff's title". Make sure that you have your bill of sale and all the part numbers and old vin#'s. This can be a tricky issue. It may be easier to just find a junk CRX and buy it and keep the dash and main body from the purchased title and transfer all the other parts including the drive train. All other parts can be obtained, but the body and dash have to match. As this is a used car, there should be some leniency, if not just go to the state itself and present your documents. They will try to give you the run around, but do not let up. You have legal rights as to the property you purchased. Local law enforcement may not want to help simply because of the transference of liability as they have no way of certifying that the parts were not stolen. The "shell" is your base problem. If it was a "Salvage" wrecked title, then you must have documentation from the body's original owner, and to prevent insurance fraud; the old title that may have a claim against it by an insurance company or salvage yard or the former owner. Do yourself a favor and get a clean titled car body. Fighting this may be futile if your numbers don't match and you don't have the old title numbers to the part numbers that have been assembled.
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