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Old 10-29-2011, 11:15 PM
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"Getting a title in California"

I'm having a shop build Me a '32 Ford coupe with all new parts{kit car basically}
Even if I was supplied with the title of an old '32 Ford,I still think it may be tricky to register it in California and I sure don't want to do all the smog stuff needed.
Any experience with this?{California Guys or others}
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Old 10-30-2011, 04:28 AM
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I suggest you read this thread written by JON. He is the main guy here.

Wiki: "How Can I Title My Hot Rod"

I myself NEVER buy a car without a title. I understand when you are starting with a " KIT " car or a built from many parts and pieces car ... title issues do occur.

Many years ago, in California it was common pratice to " BUY a title " and then stamp those correct numbers on the new frame and body. The well known Boyd Coddington did it for years. Then he got caught

Read this

http://www.prowleronline.com/ubb/Arc...-8-005961.html

California DMV has a process for registering a vehicle such as yours.
You might find what you need there

http://driversed.com/dmv/california/california-dmv.aspx
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I am sure that this shop where you are having it built knows the ins and outs of this.
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calif title/

I moved out of Calif a few years ago . when I was there they issued about 500 exemptions a year.( exemp from having to meet all the smog and safety rules for a NEW car ) You had to have all your paper work ready, make a dry run, then be first in line on the first business day of the year and hope they got your transaction done before the 500 exemptions were issued for the year. I have moved to Idaho and they adopted the SEMA guidlines for titling kit-replica cars. You have to have all your receipts. . They recomend you meet with the DMV inspector when you start your project so you will have everything in order.A title is issued listing your 32 KIT as a 32 model year and you have to met requirements for a restored original 32. Move to Idaho, spend the summer, register your car. And if you are like me and Tex Smith go south for the winter. take your roadster with you and register it in Calif.
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Thanks Guys,,and Deuce,,the link was very helpful!
I guess a good way is to be one of the first 500 at My local DMV the first day of January to try for a "special vehicle" title.
I'll let You know how it goes.
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