I was using a coupe as a representative item. The front clip is the same between a couple and fastback. It is not fraud, it is repair.Really? Some of you guys are advocating fraud.
Ask yourself this question: If you bought a Mustang fastback and later found it had been cobbled together from a coupe, 3 vin stampings and a title, how would you feel?
Like you had been ripped off I bet.
Bob, if you walked into the Texas DMV and told them you had a title, vin stamping and parts of a car that you want to install on a car that has a different vin, and that you want to replace that second vin with the first vin: What advice would the DMV give you?
Playing hocus pocus with titles and vins is fraud and dishonest, regardless of the spin or loopholes to justify the reasoning.
Legal. It's collision repair. As others have said keeping the VIN is required and your state DMV will let you know how to do that. That said unless you tracked down a bunch of dated coded parts and restored it to day one standards it's not going to be a pedigreed car. If it even was in the first place. As others have said if you charge for good parts and labor you'll have too much into it to sell it and not take a beating. At that point it's probably best to sell it as a tribute but you'd still take a beating. In this case I'd rather spend $20k on a roller with the original cores and start from there. And I'd still probably take a beating if the goal was to sell. Someone that knows is going to pass on this one and someone that doesn't isn't likely going to be able to finish it.What if I had a badly wrecked K-code or original GT350 and I transfered the front end, driver door and associated parts to a T-code. Is it a legit repair or deception?