Well, the car is complete enough to be registered and driven, but I'm having trouble finding a competent police officer to sign off on my paperwork. To register a kit car in Michigan, you have to have a police officer fill out an equipment inspection form, which should be easy, because he just has to check the lights, horn, windshield wipers/washers, brakes, seat belts, mirror, tires, exhaust, and bumpers.
Here's how the process has gone for me:
Monday (4/25): Called the local police station after work (after the office closed), and the phone system tells me to call a different number. I called the second number, which told me to call the first one again, putting me in an endless loop.
Tuesday: Call again, they send a police officer out. Everything is good until he gets to the bumpers. He is convinced that "bumpers" on the form meant crumple zones. He won't sign off because the fiberglass "won't protect the passengers in a crash over 45 mph."
He doesn't have the relevant federal/state regulations on him, and won't let me find them on the Internet before he leaves.
Wednesday: I print off the federal and state bumper regulations and verify that the car meets them. I stop by the police station and they say they'll send someone out, but no one shows up.
Thursday: The guy they send out isn't familiar with bumper regulations, so I show him the documents I've printed out. He reads about half-way through, then says that he doesn't want to sign the form because he hasn't been trained for vehicle inspections and the car "looks different" from most cars on the road. He tells me to have another local officer sent out or try the state police.
Friday: I leave work a couple hours early and call the state police; they tell me that they have one guy who does inspections and he leaves work at 2:00pm, so I try the city police again. This time the officer tells me that no one at the city police can fill out the form, since they don't have the necessary training.
Yesterday: Called the state police a couple times. The guy who does inspections is apparently never in the office, and he doesn't return my calls.
Today: Still no response from the state police. I call up the county sheriff to see if I can set up an appointment for tomorrow. The guy yells at me for calling too close to closing time and tells me to call back in the morning.