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Old 10-12-2020, 12:44 PM
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For those that have your cars registered in Texas, how does the description of your car read?

That is, for example, does is say 1966 Ford Cobra, or 2002 ERA or something else.

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Old 10-12-2020, 01:16 PM
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Mine said 65 Cobra, and I ran a 65 plate on the rear. I can ship you the plate I used to run if you'd like.
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Old 10-12-2020, 01:53 PM
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they let you run a vintage 1965 plate in Texas? or is the plate a new plate that is personalized?
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Old 10-12-2020, 01:56 PM
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wait that was a dumb question...
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Old 10-12-2020, 01:57 PM
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I registered mine in Texas under the 'Custom Car' regulations as:

ASVE 2020 RD Replica: 1965 SHEL

My first title listed COBR and they required me to send the title in to have it changed to SHEL for some reason.
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Old 10-13-2020, 07:37 AM
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The custom car registration is the way to go, only issue is finding an ASE Master tech inspection. My Backdraft wound up being registered as a 65 Ford, just depends on the DPS office, kind of a crap shoot. The custom car route is much better, you only need the ASE inspection once. All of this info is available as a pdf from the Texas DPS.
This is the primary reason I chose a Texas builder for my new Cobra (UCC), they do all the registration and title work. Unlike BDR which was a pain in the rear end.
http://content.govdelivery.com/attac...e%2BManual.pdf

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Old 10-13-2020, 03:10 PM
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Oy...finding an ASE Master isn’t easy. I’ve called about 5 places and most have never heard of anything like this.
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Old 10-13-2020, 05:36 PM
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I feel your pain, keep trying. I found a lot of the Master Techs don’t keep up their certifications either. Touch base with the Austin Cobra Club, I’m sure somebody can help you.
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Old 10-13-2020, 07:27 PM
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https://www.ase.com/Landing-Pages/Ca...p-Locator.aspx

The locator map will find shops with ASE cert mechs in your area. These shops need to have 75% of mechs cert-ed or have a master onsite.
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Old 10-13-2020, 10:14 PM
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Thank you gents.
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Old 10-14-2020, 05:01 AM
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This is where I went for my ASE Master inspection: Auto Repair Montgomery, TX - Car Service | Nick's Auto Repair & Classic Car Restoration

Rather far from you but Nick has done many of these and went over my entire build with extreme attention to detail. He also 4-wheel aligned it at the same time.

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Old 10-16-2020, 09:13 AM
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I registered a Backdraft #359 about two years ago in Texas. It had standard Texas registration where he was paying for "lick and stick" safety and emission test annually. The car has a 392 Ford Crate Racing motor with no OBD II port. For this reason, it should have never passed inspection and a reputable and honest inspection station should have rejected.

My title has Year 2005, Make of Vehicle ASVE, Body Style CV and under remarks Replica: (1965 RDST).

I went with Custom Vehicle registration that means annual registration but NO inspections.

The issue with obtaining a Custom Vehicle registration is finding that ASE Master Mechanic for the VRF 852 (think that is the form) inspection. So many mechanics and shops say they have one but that cannot provide the evidence that the State of Texas requires. Did find one on Louetta in Houston. Think it was Fleet America, the place with the BIG American flag outside.

Like someone mentioned, Texas can be a "crap shoot" what they do with registration. Custom Vehicle is what you want without a doubt to avoid the annual safety and emission that the car should never pass.

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Old 10-16-2020, 05:07 PM
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I had Antique registration, $50 every 5 years and no reoccurring inspections.
Rear tag only, no windshield sticker.

These folks have a location in Austin which may be of assistance to you.

https://www.sunautoservice.com/antique-license-plates/
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Old 10-20-2020, 07:53 AM
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So I spoke with a person in Travis County Tax Office (I was referred here by the DMV) to discuss registration requirements.

They said that since the car was titled in another state I don't need the ASE Safety inspection, just the old title, proof of insurance, the Texas application (VTR-130U), ID and the regular inspection. However, I wonder what the regular inspection process would be for a car assembled in 2002 with an 351W which I assume was manufactured some time in the 1970s; I am back to the DMV to ask this question but wondering if anyone has any insights...?
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Old 10-20-2020, 08:12 AM
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I got a quick answer back from the DMV; they said that the inspection is only to confirm the VIN and safety stuff; no emissions are required...seems too easy?
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You really need to post this question in the Texas Cobra Club section of this forum. But we have been through this process numerous times. There is very long, comprehensive thread about it. Start here:

Texas ASVE Title and the VTR-63 Form?
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I had mine registered in July as any other new (to me) car. The car is registered as a “1965 SHEB MODEL COB (exact wording on the title application receipt from Travis County), with a VIN of CSX6128
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