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Old 03-21-2005, 12:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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How to change vin numbers legally?

Here's the situation:
I have 2 trucks, a 74 F-100 4x4 and a 79 Bronco. I'd like to combine the two non-working trucks and make one running truck. I'd like to keep the bronco body, but want to keep the truck registered as a 74. Any tips or suggestions?
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Old 03-21-2005, 02:50 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I don't think you can legally do it. It wouldn't be a problem if you registered it as a 79 Bronco.
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around here, we would do the truck combo thing and register it as what you want (74 F-100 in this case) and leave it be. The cops around here wouldn't care what it was registered as if you told them what you did and how old it is. Don't know how your police force is, but it would be fine here.
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Unless the cop new that a 74 bronco looks absolutely nothing like a 79 bronco, this might raise suspicions and give him a good reason to get an inspection ordered.
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If you have the title for both it's not a problem. Here you just take the combined vehicle to State Patrol for inspection with both titles and receipts and they'll make it to the frame and motor. Tell them the frame and motor are from the 74. Been there done that
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Sfrans is right, here anyway. I swapped out a dash. The ones that have vin plates and they took the old plate off and switched it for me. They told me to do the same thing if I were to do that with a body or a frame. Just keep all your recipts/BOS.
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what about cats

you may want to check and see but in my experiences the 79 would require catalytic converters where usually the 74 wouldn't. just thought i would throw this out there. the state may require you to run cats even though you are running a 74 registration
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Dave,
In California, they go off the stamp in the frame (I believe it's on the passenger's side near the footwell). I have a '79 frame under my '73 F100. I kept it registered as a '73, but I found out it wasn't legal.

If you want to stay legal (atleast in CA), you'll have to chop the F100 frame and put it under the Bronco and have it inspected by the Highway Patrol.
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I do need to be honest about one thing. I got in an accident with the truck, and I was worried that I'd get found out. Neither the police or the insurance company realized that it said "1973 2wd F100 Longbed" on paper, but they were looking at a 1979 4wd Shortbed. When I took it back to the DMV for re-inspection, the DMV inspecter didn't catch it either. So you might be safe.
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you may want to check and see but in my experiences the 79 would require catalytic converters where usually the 74 wouldn't. just thought i would throw this out there. the state may require you to run cats even though you are running a 74 registration
Local dude huh?

If you have Nazi DMV (Cali,Oregon, ect) then you may have an issue with emmisions. Here in NC, or at least the smart ones who keep them registered in a different countu , there isnt much inspecting. Hell I have filled out my own inspection for years.
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Local dude huh?

If you have Nazi DMV (Cali,Oregon, ect) then you may have an issue with emmisions. Here in NC, or at least the smart ones who keep them registered in a different countu , there isnt much inspecting. Hell I have filled out my own inspection for years.
I live in oregon and never had any of my vehicles inspected Hell I have a 90 ford with a carbrated engine NO cats just straight 3 inch duals no problems
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