apologies if this is in the wrong place to post!
My name is Rob. I'm a new forum member from New Hampshire.
After being inspired by the build logs, I'm thinking very seriously about trying a locost build, but I'm hoping to limit the possibility of serious "gotchas" before starting. I'd really appreciate hearing any tips about titling/registration from any builders especially located New Hampshire, even if you haven't completed the whole process yet.
I've been looking through the DMV website and it seems that:
1) NH generally determines the vehicle year based on the year of the frame. So a new frame would need a new engine
2) But if the vehicle could be registered as a replica, then an old engine could be used. This sounds like how it worked for chubbyhubby's locost in Vermont: viewtopic.php?f=37&t=6970
Unfortunately, NH seems to pay the most attention to street rods, so who knows if they'll consider a Lotus replica
3) It sounds like it is not
kosher in NH to use the VIN number from the donor vehicle and say it's just a modified version
I'm pretty much swimming in all the registration jargon on the websites, so any help with getting some clarity would be awesome. I'm planning to visit the local DMV early this week with a picture of a Locost and an old Lotus 7, and see if I can't find out about registering as a replica
BTW, I'm considering a 442 frame + Mustang V8 build similar to Rod's Locost 5.0