On Fri, 26 Mar 2004, Dick Rasmussen wrote:
> >If the car is updated to _be_ a 2004 model year car, I believe its legal.
> >I don't believe that a VIN plate is required. The shock allowance would
> >cover the different valving and I would think C&C would certainly cover
> >the decal kit and probably would cover embroidery on the seats.
> I believe it is against the rules to "present" a Stock class car as being
> say a 2002 which has been "converted" to a 2004. I believe the "assumption"
> in Stock is that the car year is defined by its VIN and/or registration
> and/or manufacturing date/spec label. How else? If legal it would mean that
> update/backdate is legal in Stock and we know that it is not. In addition,
> it is probably against the law to claim an original 2002 car is "now" a
> "2004" because you have updated some or many parts whether or not you
> switch VIN tags, labels, etc. Beats me what to do about separate body/frame
> cars where both are available as replacement parts either new or from junk
> yards and the VIN is attached/stamped to/on one or both (such as Lotus).
Well, Update/Backdate is a pieces/parts thing, not exactly what I'm
talking about above.
I'm talking about taking the 2002 car and doing enough work that it is
indistinuguishable from a 2004 car. I.e. tub matches, every bend in the
body matches, suspension bushings match, etc. etc. etc.
While I'm sure that doesn't make it a 2004 car to the DMV, I thought that
it would make it a 2004 car in terms of autox. Seems like the only way it
wouldn't would be if a matching year VIN sticker is required.
I'd thought though that I'd heard about this being done in the past.
Could be wrong.