I am looking to buy an old banged up chassis or a vehicle in either category (prado or a Surf) and swap it with a 96 to 2001 model vehicle, including engine, body, and suspension. plz advise as to the compatibility of 96-2001 model vehicles with older models. upto which year backward can I go in each case.
i dont think that any such thing can be legally declared illegal. What if body of any vehicle gets damaged due to fire or anything beyond repair, cant the owner get it replaced like any other part of the vehicle? i believe such administrative orders are passed by errant local officials without understanding laws or their application, and therefore of little value
i believe chassis of a particular year/series is good for a number of corresponding years of bodies. for example a 1996 model chassis may be good to be swapped over with vehicles upto year 2000. it differs from Surfs, and Prados as in case of any other vehicle. two issues have cropped up. First, which model chassis is good for what all models/years of bodies for the swap to be perfect requiring no alterations. Secondly Custom people allow this or not. I am clear about the second part that it is no business of custom authorities to allow or not allow change of parts form a particular year to another year. there job is to make sure that no smuggled items are brought into the country. what if one were to buy a body off another model vehicle which was legally tax paid and registered in Pakistan. is there any record of its body number etc with any authority in the country? academically speaking, if one could get a smuggled body of A model, on could also get smuggled body of b model. it is therefore nothing more than brow beating or highhandedness of custom authorities if they try to impose any restriction on body swap in terms of year of its manufacture.
i discussed it may time with the govt offcial they always told that it is illegal to swap body of diff model without paying the taxes .i saw many vehicle which they caught and dump it on NUZARAT(a govt dept) and after 1 year they action .but if you change some body part or totally change your interior with any model there is no issue .i checked it when i palnned to swap my cj7 body with 2006 wrangler .
please let me know if i am wrong .i will also check it again