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Still debating which I would like to rebuild. I've heard the Dynacorn bodies are a little better made than the original (more stable etc.). Is there any significant weight difference? Some people are against using repro bodies, what do you guys think? I've always wanted to own a 1970 Chevelle, but thanks to Barrett Jackson, a car that originally cost $2,500 is now $70,000+ for a nice, like new one.
 

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"but thanks to Barrett Jackson, a car that originally cost $2,500 is now $70,000+ for a nice, like new one"

It will probably cost you more than that to build a "new" one.

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You aren't going to be able to get a body shell for a 70 Chevelle from Dynacorn, there is an issue with them which they are addressing. They aren't as simple as buy one and assemble it either.
You can also find a nice, done car for a lot less than $70K. Not to mention to you will have just as much invested if you buy a new shell and start from scratch with nothing.
 

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To be legal, wouldn't one have to be registered as a new-year of build kit car?
Technically, I would think so, Dean. But I'm sure there's guys out there that will cut the panel out with the VIN tag attached and weld that into the new shell...:sad:
 

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Technically, I would think so, Dean. But I'm sure there's guys out there that will cut the panel out with the VIN tag attached and weld that into the new shell...:sad:
just out of curiousity, how big would the piece with the vin have to be to not be considered swapping a vin?

If I cut out a 6 inch section with the vin and weld that on a new body? If I cut the entire cowl section off and swap it onto a new body? If I replace 95% of the sheet metal with new, but do it a piece at a time?
 

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You have to check with each state's DMV requirements as they all differ. If considered a replacemant body part, like a pickup cab which are commonly replaced in collision, the same VIN applies. Someone here spoke of the DMV overseeing this procedure in their state. Blanket statements do not apply to DMV requirements and procedures. A state will also assign the same VIN but confiscate the original tag. Call your state's DMV for exact and correct information.
 

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Swapping say, the VIN from a totaled Chevelle to a dynacron body would be illegal. At least in CA. I HAVE heard of people doing it though. To the best of my knowledge you have to register it as a special project or kit car with DMV. I do have a lot of Automotive experience all around, but if I could find a chevelle for a decent price and do a frame off resto, I'd rather go that route. My goal isn't authenticity, I just want it to be solid. This will probably be a 5+ year project. I wanna throw an LS9 under the hood, and there's a lot of work to do for the car to be able to handle that and LAST for a few decades. I was under the impression that the dynacorn bodies were not only made of stronger materials, but was also considerably lighter.
 

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Trust me, their metal is not anywhere near the quality of GM's. Nor are they near as thick gauge either....
 

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I went to the Dynacorn site..nothing much there but a catalog.. .no weight info, no product info at all..just part numbers and pictures..

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You have to navigate the site to extract info, it's in there. Of course they are going to tell you how good it is. I'll take a GM body any day, Unless it's one of those cars that have nothing left but an A-pillar. Some guys like to build a car around that.
 

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Crazy Canuck said 500 hours into making everything fit..at $85 per hour that 42K.

Hard to justify in my view.

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I really just do not get the concept of these shells. You could buy a decent looking, running, driving, big block SS clone for $15k. How in the heck could you ever start out paying $11k for a soul-less shell, and then have to buy EVERYTHING to make it a car, and spend 1000 man hours on it. And then you're left with something that everyone frowns upon because it's not even a GM vehicle... Someone please make me understand....
 

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I really just do not get the concept of these shells. You could buy a decent looking, running, driving, big block SS clone for $15k. How in the heck could you ever start out paying $11k for a soul-less shell, and then have to buy EVERYTHING to make it a car, and spend 1000 man hours on it. And then you're left with something that everyone frowns upon because it's not even a GM vehicle... Someone please make me understand....
I understand your feelings. I believe these company's know that they can make money on these things. The same people that can afford these Barret Jackson pieces are also stupid enough to whip out the check book for one these cars and claim "they" built it when in actuality their checkbook did. They are not what I consider a real car guy, all they know is what they want and have the money to buy it. A soul-less car for soul-less people. JMO
 
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