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Tannon, if all you are doing is swapping the frame and the cab and running gear being swapped to it, should not be an issue. How often are these numbers checked unless crossing state lines? It is then akin to using a door or a grille off another car, just as long as you can get proof the truck itself is not hot to begin with. If it isn't, don't sell it across state lines unless the cab numbers and VIN on the dash are good, along with a good title, nothing else will need to be checked. As a third thing, is there a VIN on the frame I am not aware of? When I changed my Dakota frame, although I didn't look, I didn't see anything jump out at me, either.
 

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Your drivetrain test is pretty easy out there, stick a probe in the tailpipe and I think they plug into the computer and look for codes (if so equipped). Did the PT Cruiser when I gave it to the daughter out there, about as uncomplicated as could be, takes half an hour out here in California. Now, I do know there should be a build plate located somewhere at the back of the cab on the passenger side and not the frame, I simply changed mine since both my rigs were in my name.

One thing you may want to check with as far as the smog goes is, what are your state abilities to change power plants. They are not as worried about the vehicle itself if is in your name, simply that the engine is identified as not stolen by its number, and from there the state site should, as they do here, put a tag/sticker on the door jam to identify the vehicle engine has been changed and approved. Gotta check with the locals on your specifics, maybe something online as to where to go or what the restrictions are. The Fiero I helped build with the Cadillac 4.9 simply had to have all the smog equipment that was stock to the Cadillac engine, which had to be newer and factory spec cleaner smog numbers than the engine it was replacing. Once he had it smogged and inspected, he showed me the "inspection" sticker installed by the CA DMV.
 

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Need to identify if there is indeed a frame VIN or whether it is just cab VINs.
 
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