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    The store bought lakes header mufflers run about $100 each. Thatís a bit too pricey for my taste. So a took a couple Cherry Bomb mufflers, cut the outside housing off, wired the insulation in place, and slid them inside the headers. Itís much quieter than it was with open pipes. Hopefully the neighbors and cops will be reasonably satisfied.

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    Always a milestone moment when you drive it out for the first time. Did you sneak it around the block at least once?? 8-)
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    Congratulations on the first drive! I still remember my first drive in the T. You'll have plenty of good cruising time this year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 34_40 View Post
    Always a milestone moment when you drive it out for the first time. Did you sneak it around the block at least once?? 8-)
    Not yet, but that’s coming soon.
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    Congrats on the first drive! It's really coming along, and under budget I'm sure
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    Ok maybe not ďunder budgetĒ, but Iíll call it ďwithin reasonĒ!

    On a positive note, I got my car title paperwork approved, after only three trips to the DMV.

    My vehicle inspection is scheduled in two weeks. Hopefully that will go well. Itís hard to get a straight answer on what exactly is required.

    On a side note, my daily driver Camaro just blew a head gasket, so thatíll give me something to do in my spare time.

    Right now Iím on the road for five days for work.
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    Fantastic! You'll be toolin' around town in no time, now. Let us all know how it goes at your first cruise-in whenever that happens.

    When you get some free time in front of your computer, maybe you can tell me what's needed to start the titling process in our fine state. I'm getting close to painting my Deuce's body and setting it back on the frame. I'll be anxious to get the legal paperwork started then.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Driver50x View Post
    On a positive note, I got my car title paperwork approved, after only three trips to the DMV. My vehicle inspection is scheduled in two weeks. Hopefully that will go well. Itís hard to get a straight answer on what exactly is required. .
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    When you get some free time in front of your computer, maybe you can tell me what's needed to start the titling process in our fine state. I'll be anxious to get the legal paperwork started then.
    And I also wanted to ask what is required. But it doesn't sound like you have a clear answer.. is that correct?

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    As you might know, In 2007 Florida Governor Charlie Crist signed into law the SEMA Street Rod and Custom Vehicle Titling Bill.

    As for as I can tell, nobody has ever used or implemented this bill. I asked around on the HAMB and a couple Facebook groups and I can’t find a single person who has ever used it.

    I think the only (legal) way to title a newly built Hot Rod is to title it as an “assembled from parts”vehicle. Call your local DMV and ask them where the nearest “Regional Field office” is. Stop in there and pick up an application packet. I ones I found online are all outdated. It’s about 12 pages long. You will need a receipt or bill of sale for your body, frame, engine, trans, rear end, bumpers, fenders, doors, floor pan, etc. Once you get the paperwork approved you will schedule the vehicle inspection. You will have to trailer the car in for that. I think the inspection just involves checking things light the horn, lights, windshield wipers, etc. I’ve asked several times for a list of exactly what is required, and they have not been able to provide one.

    When you pass the inspection, they will issue you a VIN number and give you a sticker that goes on the door.

    They told me not to start this process until you are about ready to drive the car, because you have to schedule the inspection shortly after the paperwork is approved.

    The car will be titled as a 2020 assembled from parts vehicle.

    There is only one Regional field office in the whole Tampa Bay Area. There is only one guy who works there who can approve an assembled vehicle. He is very unhelpful and contradicts himself over and over.

    The reason he rejected my paperwork the first two times was because the bill of sale for my fiberglass body did not look “professional enough”, even though it had all the required information and signature. He was never able to tell me specifically what was wrong with it.
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    Very cool thread. enjoyed the first few pages, will come back later to read the rest when I have time!
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    Quote Originally Posted by NTFDAY View Post
    Don't you just love self important bureaucrats? You and johnboy should compare notes.
    I donít think my saga was as bad as Johnboyís but that guy sure has wasted plenty of my time, all while being paid by my tax dollars.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stovens View Post
    Very cool thread. enjoyed the first few pages, will come back later to read the rest when I have time!
    Thanks Steve. Iím having a blast with this thing so far. Iím looking forward to putting some miles on it.
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    The process wasn't much different for me in Louisiana. Lots of stupid hoops to jump through, but in the end, all they really wanted was the money. I gave the lady a stack of receipts, she totaled them up and told me how much the taxes were. I gave her a check and walked out with a title.

    The main problem with the process here is that there is no formalized way to appeal their decisions. If you can't supply the correct paperwork, you have no recourse. Most folks don't know what they need to keep up with and the local tag offices pretty much know nothing of titling an assembled vehicle. Only the state office can give you the right info.

    BTW - I commented to the lady that it was a long, difficult process and I thought that it could be streamlined. She said, off the record or course, that the state makes it hard on purpose because they really don't want a lot of people building cars. Most people just give up out of frustration.

    In Louisiana, I can't even legally dismantle a car that I own to sell the parts if I don't have proper paperwork from the state. If I have 2 trucks that I want to mix and match parts to get a running vehicle, I can't do it without getting a "Permit to Dismantle" for both trucks. Swapping cabs and chassis' will net you an illegally assembled truck that can never be titled, period. No legal recourse. Chop shops have made our hobby very difficult and filled with hidden pitfalls that most folks don't even think about until it's too late.

    Hang in there. Sounds like you followed the right course. Hopefully, you will be driving soon.
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