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I have a shell with no engine and want to install an rb30. In the UK, if you swap an engine from another car, your car adopts the tax bracket of the donor vehicle.

In order to build an RB30 and correctly update my V5, I will need proof of purchase for the block and confirmation from a recognised tuning shop or Nissan, in writing, that they confirm that block is present in the shell in question.

Whilst most people don't care about this, much of my job is heavily regulated legally and I cannot drive around in a car which isn't 100% road legal.

Has anybody gone down this avenue? Did your car adopt the tax bracket of the rb26 that donated the head or the rb30 bottom?

Also, are there any tuning shops out there selling rb30's that provide the necessary documentation I discuss above?

Many Thanks

CJ
 

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I had a 1300 engine in a 1600 escort cabriolet years ago.

iirc I got a letter from my local garage confirming the engine was 1300 and my tax price was reduced.


there will be no increase in road tax cost going from 2.6 to 3.0 unless your shell is quite new as far as im aware.
 

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My motivation isn't tax related, it's on updating the V5 so the DVLA has the correct engine number recorded for the car. If VOSA ever looked over the car thoroughly, I want everything declared and as far as I'm aware, you can't slimply send through a new engine number.
 

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My motivation isn't tax related, it's on updating the V5 so the DVLA has the correct engine number recorded for the car. If VOSA ever looked over the car thoroughly, I want everything declared and as far as I'm aware, you can't slimply send through a new engine number.

oh fair enough the thread read like you were concerned due to road fund license.

anyway with regard to engine change and dvla its easy, I know because I did it myself last year.

I removed the kent 1600cc engine from my 1969 Dutton phaeton kit car and fitted a 5500 cc 327 1965 corvette stingray v8 lump and sprayed the car black, I simply sent the v5 off with the new details updated and they sent it back updated with no querys.
 

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heres my goggly eyed beast I built lol




the dvla just sent me my v5 back with all the details updated, but my car is listed as a historic vehicle if that makes any difference I don't know.
 

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Apparently, if you send off the V5 with the updates, and also supply photos as "proof" they'll often just update and send you back the new V5. If that doesn't work, a letter from a garage is OK.
 

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If you have the V5 that came with the shell and its pre-2001 then just update the V5 with the new engine capacity and new engine serial number and send it off. If you're worried about it then phone a local DVLA office.

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Stu

Think it will have to be the DVLA at Swansea as I believe all the local ones were closed late last year. I could be wrong, but that was what the DVLA had planned to do.

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Think it will have to be the DVLA at Swansea as I believe all the local ones were closed late last year. I could be wrong, but that was what the DVLA had planned to do.

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Correct, no more Local DVLA Offices, all closed down now.
 

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DVLA will most likely write back to you and ask who carried out the work.

You'll have to provide proof then by getting a garage to make a backdated receipt for you with engine number etc and installed by them. Simple as that
 
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