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Old 06-04-2006, 10:56 PM   #1
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i've been mulling over some suggestions made by a drag racer buddy of mine. he thinks i should convert my van to RWD and mount a v-8 in it. i'd love to, but i'm not cutting up my van. right now it'* my only transportation and it runs.

so i began thinking about building a full drag RWD v-8 dustbuster. a little more research led me to beleive that throwing the frame of an astro van in there would pretty much be perfect, being only a 1.2 inch longer wheelbase and already having provisions for a chevy v-8.

but heres the question. i would of course need a complete astro frame/suspension, and a complete van body. would i need to register it as a U-body van since thats the body, or as an astro van since thats what it really is underneath?
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I could be wrong, but it may get registered as a "build up." Sorta like a kit car...maybe?
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kit car would be even better, since i wouldn't need any title at all from the donor vehicles...
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in indiana you would register it with whatever the vin/title says it is.. if the body is a pontiac TS then you register it as that.. this is kinda like saying ''my nova has a complete custom tube chassis'' do i register it as a tube chassis or a nova? Well the title says nova.. so..its a nova..am i right? In the same sense.. if you take a v6 car and put a v8 in it.. you generally dont have any problems.. no need to tell anyone..unless you have emissions b/* then i'm sure there would be some stuff you'd have to do.. but around here we don't have emissions testing n that good stuff.

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well yes i understand that you have to register it as whatever the title says, the problem here is not a motor swap of a tube chassis, but actually combining two seperate vehicle that each have their own titles. which title take presidence. the body or the frame?
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My understanding (at least in OR) is that the Frame detemines the title.
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My understanding (at least in OR) is that the Frame detemines the title.
lol cool so in OR i can make a uuummmmm hhhmmmm a VW bug Pick up truck? it will still be a checy 1 ton truck?

thats cool, i wonder if its the same here in ny cuz that is giveing me some crasy ideas ???
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