I just finished watching a segment of Chop-Cut-Rebuild on Speed. The project of choice was the creation ( re-creation ) of a Z-10
using the Dyna-Corn ( spelling? ) body and all aftermarket sheet metal. While this is nothing new, what the narrator of the show advised is what
took me by surprise.
They clearly stated that getting the body together is the first step. Secondly, you must get the car registered for the road. Their suggestion
was to re-body an old Camaro. Is that not totally illegal? I know we have talked before about attaching "certain pieces" of original sheet
metal to one of these bodies and that this might constitute a restoration vs. a re-body. However, if the entire shell is new metal and you
simply ( actually, no so simple ) attach an original firewall and upper dash ( containing VIN & cowl tag ), does this still not constitute a re-body?
Now, to be totally clear, this show featured the use of a new firewall. So, that only leaves them the illegal option to attach a VIN plate & cowl
tag to this body. Oh yeah, they did mention checking with your states DMV first on this. But, it was not emphasized!
The blunt suggestion
of doing a re-body really shocked me.
As has been discussed numerous times, you can not legally sell or affix a VIN plate to another car. We all know it's been done before!
Yes, eBay allows the selling of cowl tags for "collecting" purposes
, but you can't sell VIN plates there or anywhere else for that matter.
Based on that premise, how then can you legally re-body one of these Dyna-Corn kits?
I still hold the position that those knowledgeable will be able to tell the Dyna-Corn bodies from originals. My concern lies with the less
than knowledgeable folks that seem to be flocking to eBay & Barrett-Jackson these days.
What do you guys think about the shows suggestion of doing a re-body of the VIN & cowl tag?