Wrap Fiend wrote:
the right side drive isnt the problem. the legality of it comes from being built for the jdm. basically last i heard nhtsa and epa were still dicks and made you change out all glass, airbags, verify crumple/safety/ect, and emissions. i looked into getting a euro car a lil bit ago, theres a company in houston that imports and gets the car to pass national/local requirments but it was gonna be $9000 just to change out everything ect. (this is on a car that was $4000 at the time). if you can prove its a usdm then its no problem, the hard part is finding out and PROVING to the gov that the toyo is EXACTLY the same as the usdm one. they are dicks and it has to be EXACTLY or they will impound it at customs on port of entry. if you could get a crashed cavi same year ect and figure out a way to get the toyo one inside the states (or canada/mex) then swap out the vins and drive it in stating u modded it to rhd you could title it in tx. (a lot of hot rod/rat rod guys do this).
epa cares about emissions, nhtsa cares about safety, texas cares on how to register it (grey market vehicle). customs cares that you paid cesear his due (taxes) and that no other gov entity is trying to block you. (if epa or nhtsa havent verified it yet they will hold it at port which means it hasnt actually entered onto us soil yet, which is like a gitmo for imports except they arent tortured, just detained for years or sent back)
once a jdm vehicle is 25 years old you can register, import, title it no problem in the us. in canada its less. mex doesnt really care from what im told, tho legally they dont like imported vehicles not destined for mdm.
hands down biggest problems: getting vehicle into us into your hands first and not the governments. or paying out the ass to do it legally.
there are legal in texas bo and it is 15 years not 25 but x2 on the epa regs and such that will be the problem....
off the top of my head thats all i can think of. it'd be easier to swap the firewall's (parts are only really kept if they are a hazard, epa/nhsta/tx doesnt care, customs just makes sure its not going/coming to a terrorist, taxes are paid, and/or that its an illegal item)