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    Quote Originally Posted by Driver50x View Post
    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 I ones I found online are all outdated.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.
    I pretty much had to follow this exact procedure! Except my paperwork and vehicle had to meet the approval of the state police. They say it is to prevent or control theft. But my experience would/could contradict their theories. My car then had to be inspected by a garage that the state has as a vendor and they basically look at safety items. We had a few ... um... "disagreements" and battled over the word "replica".. and the items that drove them crazy were a single windshield wiper and a single tail light. Since I built a assembled vehicle that was a replica, I built the car with only 1 of the above items. This drove'em nuts and I used it as a bargaining chip. As they focused on the light and wiper they forgot some other smaller things.... I did "give in" and let them have their tail light...

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    Thanks for that tip. Maybe I’ll take one of my taillights off before I go to the inspection!




    Quote Originally Posted by Hotrod46 View Post
    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 carried a thick file folder of receipts each time I went in there. He never even glanced at them. He mentioned twice that I would have to pay any sales tax I owed. On the third visit, when he approved my stuff, all he charged me was $40 for the inspection. He seemed to be in a hurry that day. I think I caught a break there.
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    Sort of like pulling and signing off a building permit here. The local city planning department makes people jump thru tons of hurdles. Then when the project is done the building inspectors nit pick trying to find something they can tag you with. After building a 1500 square foot addition to my last house, I left the airator off the garbage disposal on purpose, the inspector tried to nail me with improper ceiling fan vent in the bathroom, because it didn't have a built in night light. He was grinning while telling me I'd have to replace it as it wasn't to code. I smiled back and asked when the code had changed, he said 6 months ago, I then pointed out I had pulled the permit 4 years ago and it was up to cade at that time then he got mad, so he goes to the kitchen sink and points out I don't have an airator venting it on the counter top, I just smiled again, reached under the counter, pushed it up thru the hole and said oh you mean this, it must of fallen down and screwed it back in place. He wasn't happy but he did sign it off!
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    Why must people be like that? They get their thrills and jollies out of catching something like you're a criminal and then get upset when you're not.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 53 Chevy5 View Post
    Why must people be like that? They get their thrills and jollies out of catching something like you're a criminal and then get upset when you're not.
    They think it makes them look smart. If they only knew it makes them look smart A$$ (emphasis on the A$$). I have a saying for those, "they just can't help themselves!"...

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    I too have a little cliché I love to throw at this type of moronic attitude: Those that can, do. Those that can't, teach. And those that can do neither...criticise.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 53 Chevy5 View Post
    Why must people be like that? They get their thrills and jollies out of catching something like you're a criminal and then get upset when you're not.
    I believe for many of them it's their fist time having any authority over anyone and they love to flaunt it.
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    Definately an authority issue thing!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Severson View Post
    I believe for many of them it's their fist time having any authority over anyone and they love to flaunt it.
    Mr. Severson Sir: you got that exactly right!
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    In MA you don't need fenders on any vehicle pre 1948. This has created many heated conversations at inspection time. I now carry a copy of registry requirements in my duece and that usually shuts them up.
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    I rented a U-Haul trailer and towed the car in for the vehicle inspection.

    When I got there, they told me to unload it and pull it inside the inspection bay. About 8 people came out to look at it, just out of curiosity. They did ZERO “inspection” of anything mechanical or safety related!

    There was only one thing they were interested in. I used a title for a 1979 Chevy Malibu in my name, as the source for the engine. The “inspector” asked me where the numbers on the engine were, so I showed him. He then pulled out the title and said “these numbers don’t match”. Well no kidding. I told him that in 1979 the VIN number was not stamped on the engine. He spent a few minutes stewing over that. He kept saying that we had to find some way to prove that engine came out of that car. Then he said “well this is a hell of a mess”, and disappeared into the office for about 10 minutes. Another guy then came out and said “It’s OK, you’re good to go. The second guy then attached a pink sticker, with my new VIN number, to the car.

    The “inspection” cost $40, and the title was $85.

    I then called Haggerty Insurance and finished setting up my policy. We were waiting on a VIN number to do that. I then swung by the tag office and got my license plate.

    I then headed off to work for a few days. When I get back home, I just have to get my alternator installed, and the car will be done “enough” to start tearing up the streets of Florida!

    Since I’m using a Ford Mustang radiator, the upper radiator hose is now on the passenger side. That interferes with the stock alternator bracket, so I’m moving the alternator to the drivers side. I had been planning on making my own brackets, but my patience is wearing a bit thin right now, so I broke out the credit card and ordered a store bought bracket.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Driver50x View Post
    Since I’m using a Ford Mustang radiator, the upper radiator hose is now on the passenger side. That interferes with the stock alternator bracket, so I’m moving the alternator to the drivers side. I had been planning on making my own brackets, but my patience is wearing a bit thin right now, so I broke out the credit card and ordered a store bought bracket.
    Such profligacy!
    From you of all people!
    I'm shocked!




    Nah. I don't blame you one little bit. I've seen the time, sweat, and thought that you've put into this build, and I reckon you've earned a splurge with your money.

    And I'm pleased for you that it went through certification so easily.

    Get out now and drive the wheels off the thing! Burn some rubber!

    (But only on a private road with Police supervision and no public access of course! )
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    Congrats on getting through the process! Now get out there and enjoy all your hard work.
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    Glad you cleared that hurdle. And I'll echo everyone else. Time for some cruising! 8-)

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    That must have had you sweating for a minute. It's scary after so much time and money you're at the mercy of a state inspector.

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