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Old 08-28-2013, 10:35 AM   #1
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Default Who has bought a car from canada for a conversion?

Just out of curiosity has anyone bought an older jdm import from canada to do a complete conversion? Reason i ask is because i see full registered cars going for $5500- $6500 regularly and then i see just front clips going for that, with buying a full car i would have just that...the full car with all the parts.

Another question for anyone that has done a firewall swap/ full conversion have you run into any problems with removing the firewall vin and the dash vin ? Another reason i ask is because wouldnt you just be able to get an old pile impreza for dirt cheap and drill the pop rivit out of the drivers side door panel and just replace it on the canda/ jdm import with 2 new rivets. Keep the title to the usdm car and scrap the body.

I know this is a pretty common practice for guys who buy salvage title or race bikes that want to get them back on the road they just buy clean title frames and either swap everything over or just keep the clean titled frame for their new bike.
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Old 08-28-2013, 12:30 PM   #2
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well just swapping vins is illegal. there are also parts of the frame and body wich are stamped/punched into the metal it self. i have done 2 rhd swap/gc8 conversions. both were pre 95 chassies one was even fwd chassie to start with. just purchased a front clip with the rear subframe/drive line on the other and swapped everything over. subframes, brakes wiring had to drill the proper holes in the fire wall and plug the old ones not being used. the other car the importer gave me the option of buying the whole car (wagon sti), i basicly got the front clip all 4 doors bumpers ect everything minus the rear shell.

If you decide to just do a vin swap i would advice against it just do to the fact there are ways to find out if the dmv or state decides to investigate. Also doing conversion is fun and you will know everything there is to know about the car....and probaly appreciate it more honestly.
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Old 08-28-2013, 10:55 PM   #3
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You will not be able to import the car legally as a whole. Don't even think the illegal route. I have seen cars seized due to small issues with vins
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Old 08-30-2013, 03:18 PM   #4
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there was actually a big state police deal up in washington a couple years ago cracking down on illegal cars. a bunch of illegal skylines got impounded. heard about it on northwest nissan site awhile back. I also heard and havnt looked into it about a 20 year rule or 25 years you can import a car LEGALLY and register it as a collector car or vintage plates in oregon.
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Old 08-30-2013, 03:22 PM   #5
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You will not be able to import the car legally as a whole. Don't even think the illegal route. I have seen cars seized due to small issues with vins
After they were here? I bought my impreza in BC and they didn't even look at my car when I went through customs. They just looked at my paperwork.
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Old 08-30-2013, 10:36 PM   #6
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After they were here? I bought my impreza in BC and they didn't even look at my car when I went through customs. They just looked at my paperwork.
Dare I ask what year it is? And was the paperwork correct? IF you fudge just one thing , CBP can come get your car at any time. ( importation contrary to law is the statue)

Standard 25 year rule applies in US, 15 in Canada.

If the car has an equivalent model/year in the US, its not a big deal to bring back.

If the car is RHD and started life in Japan, then you will have issues.

If you want to buy it and bring it here to part it out, then you can do it. But be prepared for ALOT of paperwork.

I have personally seen skylines, and an RX7 get eaten by the crusher due to a VIN issue ( skyline/240 swap vin)and the RX7 was a JDM model that was imported incorrectly. Both people were out the money.
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Old 08-31-2013, 05:02 PM   #7
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After they were here? I bought my impreza in BC and they didn't even look at my car when I went through customs. They just looked at my paperwork.
When I brought a 1971 volkswagen notchback thru, they removed most of the interior and inspected it thoroughly, then we went thru the paperwork and after that I was able to reinstall the interior and drive it away. Took almost 4 hours. My oldest son escaped the car crusher on a rhd car a few years ago and his vehicle was untitled by the wsp. He was fortunate and found a buyer who was going to store it and possibly race it until 2019.
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Old 08-31-2013, 09:14 PM   #8
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Whateves, rather than go through the hassle and possible shiz show im just gonna be cleaning up the OBS and selling it next year and hunt is on for an 89 gtr late summer.
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