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Re: Resetting odometer question

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Subject: Re: Resetting odometer question
From: Michael Hargreave Mawson <OC@46thFoot.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Sep 2002 23:24:00 +0100
On Sat, 7 Sep 2002, at around 12:22:15 local time, Jeff McNeal 
<jmcneal@ohms.com> wrote:
>Mike, all,
>The engine and transmission are from a '72 Spitfire.  The frame and
>body are from a '68.  No accurate records of mileage exist and even if
>they did -- for which?  The drivetrain components or the frame?
In UK, the answer is "the frame" (not even "frame and body" - just 
"frame").   But I still haven't the faintest idea how our uncivil 
serpents would work out what mileage you should set your new odometer 
at, without any information as to the mileage the frame had done.

I *think* that if you did a similar build here, you could request/they 
would insist you had a completely new registration, on what used to be 
called a "Q Plate" ("Q" for "Questionable Year of Manufacture"), and 
then you would be legally entitled to set the odometer at zero, at the 
time of first registration.

>Here is what I'm going to do.  I'm going to roll into the DMV a few
>weeks from now with 00008 miles showing on the odometer.  I will state
>that I do not know the actual vehicle mileage, as no record exists. 
>They might register it as 108,000 or 1,008,000 miles.  I will leave it
>to the state's discretion.

Seems eminently sensible.

>  I really don't care what they declare. 
>There is no subterfuge or criminal intent involved here.

Clearly not.

>  If the third
>party speedo reads 64,342, that would be just as innacurate and subject
>to criminal prosecution as 00008 miles would, so what's the difference?

Quite.   I'd love to know how your legislators have addressed this 
problem (if they have) - but I'd hate to try to find the correct legal 
answer to the question if I was trying to register such a car in 
Britain.   I'd be tied up in red tape for decades.

Ellie  - 1963 White Herald 1200 Convertible GA125624 CV
Connie - 1968 Conifer Herald 1200 Saloon GA237511 DL
Carly  - 1977 Inca Yellow Spitfire 1500 FM105671

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