Vicki's Locost is going
to be finished first. Our first idea for getting our car licensed
was to register it as a Datsun B-210 as it is or was. The insurance
company frowned upon that approach. They did allow that they would
have no way of knowing what the car was as looking at the car was
not something that they do. However if there was a problem they
were sure that they would use the somewhat drastic modification
to the B-210 to void the policy. Also their might be a problem getting
the inspection sticker as the inspection people do tend to look
at the car.
Our search led up to
the State Police who can provide a new vehicle identification number.
They are not going to check the vehicle for safety. They are in
charge of guaranteeing that the components used in the car have
been paid for and are not pieces stolen from other people's cars.
A title from the doner car goes a long way to proving ownership.
Also keeping the receipts from all the other parts bought along
the way is a good idea. We also showed the Locost build book so
he could see that this not all that uncommon. This process can take
time. Up to 30 days is common. The best approach would be to call
for the VIN number at least 60 days before the car is completed.
The car does not need to be done, only the major components need
to be in place and the scuttle (or wherever the number is going
to be attached) is installed.
After convincing himself
that all was in order, the officer attached the number with a rivet
gun and cordless drill he brought with him.