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    Advising DVLA of engine changes

    I've recently sent my V5C to DVLA to advise them of an engine change, from the V6 3.0 engine to a 1.6l engine, I filled out the V5C with the new capacity and the new engine number and I've got a letter back from DVLA. It says that I need to provide them with evidence of the engine change from the following

    Receipt of purchase on headed paper from a garage
    Inspection report from a body such as RAC or AA
    Inspection report provided for insurance purposes
    Written confirmation from the manufacturer showing the enigine number and size

    Now I had the engine hanging around in my garage for about 3 years after I scrapped the Ford Escort that I took it out of, but as I cant remember the Reg number of the Escort, neither DVLA or Ford can confirm the engine details!

    I've been told by DVLA that if I can get an independent garage to verify the engine fitted is the engine that I say is fitted, and they will confirm this on headed paper, then that should suffice!
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    Re: Advising DVLA of engine changes

    I'm afraid them's the new rules. You can't even change an engine yourself now without some sort of official confirmation. This new ruling is at the heart of the current "right to repair" campaign.

    I guess all you can realistically do is get an inspection done, either by an independent garage, or one of those AA/RAC insurance jobs (assuming they are agreeable). Good luck!

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    How do the powers-that-be keep managing to make doing things so pointlessly difficult? - in some ways we need a depression that forces people to 'make do and mend' in the traditional British way rather than this STUPID nanny state nonsense............ Rant over (for now)
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    Because law-makers are hired to make laws, and by golly, thats what they're going to do! Otherwise, they'd be forced to find real jobs. You know, the kind that actually provide a service or product that somebody is willing (not forced) to pay for. Glad to see those of us in the States arent the only ones with this problem. Rant done here as well.

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    I had the exact same letter when I updated the DVLA after buying mine.

    I had the car inspected by a local aircooled Beetle specialist - who could only give his best guess at what the engine size is exactly since the heads have not been off yet, but he came up with a (nearly) suitable letter.

    Your post has reminded me - the letter they sent could not be used since it stated Nova specifically and I would really rather not get into all that yet - the V5 still states Beetle. I have asked them to do me one referring to my VW and the license plate instead, which I think is fair - I don't want them to have to "lie" as it were since they could be picked up on it later. I need to remind them though...

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    Re: Advising DVLA of engine changes

    Hiya JemP

    Take your engine number to a Ford parts department and ask them for a price for a new head or cranckshaft. Then ask them to print it off. you should have what youd Need to keep DVLA happy. It is a HGV Now LGV new rules. Standard practis for parts but usualay use the VIN Number.

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    Re: Advising DVLA of engine changes

    Hiya Vasco Da Gamer

    The V5 did not state Beetle wen I had the v5 it was just volkswagon saloon.

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    The reasoning given by the DVLa was that people are reporting engine changes to avoid higher road tax. I can understand that, but we're talking historic vehicle here!! No Tax!
    Ben, I'm not sure that would work, as they don't want just confirmation of the engine details, but that it has been fitted to the car. Having said that, the recommendation was "have a word with a "friendly local garage mechanic and get him to write a letter" There was no inference that the mechanic necessarily needed to see the car, or the engine
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    So you just need to find a 'friendly local garage mechanic' that can write........
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    Re: Advising DVLA of engine changes

    Easier said than done
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