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Unread 06-03-2002, 02:26 PM   #1
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Question Advice Needed: Buying a PARTS jeep

I may have an opportunity to buy a 1985 cj7 for 500 bucks. Here is the the problem, The guy doesn't have a title for it. Now, I only want the jeep for parts, so I don't intend to ever try to register it. If I get a bill of sale for it even though it has no title will that keep my a** out of a potential crack? I have never done anything like this so what do you guys think? Do I need to call someone at the DMV? Any help will be appreciated.

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Unread 06-03-2002, 03:44 PM   #2
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I just got back from registering my 77 Cj7 from out of state and they gave me a bunch of crap.If you are going to strip it down, get a good bill of sale and that is all you need if you keep it off the streets. If the guy ever had a title for it, he can get a replacement one for $15. Just take the Jeep home and strip the parts off.
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Unread 06-03-2002, 04:41 PM   #3
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$500 is a decent price for a parts jeep. I buy those all the time. In fact, my wife is getting a little pissed at the jeeps that are littering our woods.

If you ever want to register the darn thing, you'll have to simply be patient and wade through the red tape.

What I have done in the past is, just tear the friggin VIN tag right off and toss it. Then totally rebuild the whole tub, and tell your MV dept in your state that it was a restoration. They'll grumble, and probably ask to inspect the vehicle, but in the end they will issue you a new VIN.

Now bear in mind, this is ONLY if the tub is worth saving.

Also, many states allow you to register your Jeep as a farm vehicle, and it is a flat fee. In NH here, you can do this but you are only allowed to travel 12 miles from home. If your state has somethign similar, you may want to look into this.
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Unread 06-03-2002, 05:07 PM   #4
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The easiest solution would probably be filing for a lost title. However, you can always just buy a title from someone. Titles are so insanely hard to track on old jeeps, any title will generally work. One of my friends who deals with parts jeeps all the time just picked up an old flat fender with a CJ5 title. It ain't exactly legal, but I won't tell if you don't.
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Unread 06-03-2002, 10:08 PM   #5
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Here in Massachusetts, anything '83 and older doesn't have to pass our strick emissions standards - so I by older jeeps just for some parts and the titles. I just move some number plates around, and my non emissions passing '85 can become a '79 and run a small block chevy with headers... Legally <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" /> If you're not going to ever register the Jeep, don't worry about the title. Sometimes its better you don't have it, that way you can completely strip the Jeep without ever having to worry about putting it back together.
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