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Old 08-18-2013, 11:24 PM
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Home built title in California.

So what about it? My son is looking to build a car and I am looking to let him, but what about titling it? We are looking at a Lotus 7 like car at this point. Pinto motor maybe?

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My son in Utah was thinking about building one and driving it on the street. When He was a kid in Calif I build a single passenger "Indy" car, tube frame, and VW 1600 drive train and one of the old fiberglass bodies from the malibu grand Prix track in Redwood City. The kids had a lot of fun driving in our pasture in San Martin and down the dirt farm roads, You would have to have all your paper work ready and be the first one in line on January second to get one of the 500 california exemptions. other wise they want All the equipment, safety crash test air bags, smog, etc. for a brand new 2013 car. The companies that sell the kits should have some info about getting it on the street. Idaho is so much better for hotrodders, where we live no smog or safety checks. the only difficult thing is for a custom car that does not resemble a facatory car, then the rules state equipment for a new car. My fiberglass 32 roadster will only have to meet regs for a restored stock 32 and the title will say 32 ford on it.

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Old 08-19-2013, 08:13 AM
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So there are 500 exemptions given? Wild, didn't know that. I am just starting this process, whether or not he gets that far I don't know but he is fired up right now.

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The wiki here on hotrodders, how to title a hot rod and down to california, about half way in the california, info, smog exempt. There is also info on other forums about getting the build smog exempt . and engines that are smog exempt.
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Old 08-19-2013, 08:49 AM
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LOL, there is that damn old didn't search first! LOL, Thanks, I will do some more home work!

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I think CA has a law that states it has to pass smog since it's a built up from the ground car.
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Old 08-21-2013, 11:27 PM
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There are lots of ways of getting around it, that is what I am studying. The way I look at it is not about lying or tricking, it's simply telling them what they need to hear.

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Holy crap did I just end up speaking to the right person about this titling. WOW, I have a vendor who comes by the shop whom I know has been a race car owner and driver for years. I asked him about high performance Pinto parts and he asked for what, I explained to him and his eyes got as big as saucers and started telling me how to title it. He is a licensed DMV VIN verifier! He knew the DMV form numbers by heart, he had a LOT to tell me and I can get the info any time I want. And get this, he can verify my VIN on the car!

Talk about finding a treasure while out on a hike, holy crap.

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I got the pink slip to my Mustang about 2 years ago and still haven't sent it in. I'm sure there's a million dollar fine for that one. I should probably call them soon and ask them if I need to get him to re-date it and initialize it or something. Stupidity on my part as it could have been a non op for the last two years.
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Yep from what I understand you will need to pay all the registration from when it was last registered, do it as soon as you can before they pass some other friggin law that says you can't or something stupid like that.

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OR they won't have enough employees to take my call in a reasonable time.

Our manager said that if you have a car you're trying to register that has a lot of dues just register it in another state for 6 months and then try to register it again. Not sure if I believe that though. He makes stuff up sometimes.
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It also has to have 8500 documented miles in that other state. Learned that from my "title adviser" yesterday.


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Is that a Caterham kit? Or one of the other many versions of a Lotus Super 7?

When I saw the thread title, I was tempted to ask a tongue in cheek question about " Can you home- build a California title? What cars can you do that for?"

How do you document the miles in another state? Around here that's easy - one of the VERY few good things about annual smog checks- they note the mileage each time, so you have a gov't approved record of many miles (or kilometers) since last check...
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Boy would i like to talk too that guy about registering my 37 chev.
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