Recently this whole messed up frame and trying to compensate for it on this wrecked cruiser that I'm trying to revive has had me thinking of maybe actually fixing it. It is twisted a little in the front. Now I can have it bent back in shape, or just swap the frame. If I have a repair shop attack my frame with their hydraulic monsters in an attempt to get it straight, is it necessary to strip the vehicle to a bare frame? Now if I have to strip it all the way down, I have an extra frame from a 1976 I could swap. But, because this vehicle(1974 fj40) had its plates surrendered, it needs a vin number inspection before becoming legal. I'm a little concerned about trying to swap the frame with one from a smog vehicle, and am not too sure how the CHP would like having the frame serial numbers accidentally welded over with frame reinforcements or something of the sort. Any one here dealt with the DMV nazis and got a salvaged vehicle back on the road? how about a vehicle without numbers on the frame? So confused, maybe it is time to just sell this rust free desert cruiser (which had a frame off restoration about 10 years ago) piece by piece and buy another, even though I now have about $1500 in it with all of the parts I've bought.