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#1486473 Sun Feb 05 2023 12:11 AM
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Art C Offline OP
I've got a title from FL - it lists the "VIN" for the truck (serial number)

But I don't have a VIN on the truck. The engine was swapped out decades ago, and whoever did the 1999 paint job managed to lose several pieces of chrome and the S/N plate in the door frame. AFAIK, those are the only two places to look ('54 3100.)

I assume the solution is to buy a blank S/N plate and stamp the title S/N on it. And not mention this at MVA.

What class of vehicle do I register as, and what kind of inspections do I need to pass? 1970s drive train, so I guess 'street rod' unless that limits usage.



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Restamping the serial number is a no-no, and could get you in very hot water. nono

Your best bet is to fess up at the MVA, explaining what happened and ask how you can get this dealt with. They may have a new number stamped on the truck somewhere by the proper authority.

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Stovebolt does not condone restamping or replacement of serial number plates. Discussions of such will draw sanctions. Do it legally and contact the MD DMV.

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Originally Posted by Art C
What class of vehicle do I register as, and what kind of inspections do I need to pass? 1970s drive train, so I guess 'street rod' unless that limits usage.

Look up the definitions and limitations of the available classes.

I considered registering my 58 as a "classic vehicle" because that reduced the fees by a lot, but that came with limitations in how much and for what purposes I am allowed to drive it.

One of my friends registered his as a commercial truck even though it cost more in fees because that exempted him from emissions checks.

At the end of the day, the best choice for you depends on how you want to use it.

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Sir, Suggest you: 1)Take your title to the DMV; 2) you will have to pay 6% MD tax on what you paid for the vehicle; 3) you will have to attest usage of the vehicle only to drive to shows (no inspection required); and 4) if you plan to use it as a daily driver you will be required to have a full up safety inspection. Thanks Art. V/r, Nick

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