Update: The Pajero’s appointment with the State Police was successful. It now has a valid VIN inspection allowing me to title and register it in New Mexico. Unfortunately, it is going to take five days for the paperwork to make it from the state police office to the MVD office about two miles away. With any luck, it will be titled and registered this time next week.
The F-150 is now first in line to get Svended this weekend and listed for sale, as the driveway is now at critical mass. I got the Jag titled and registered yesterday afternoon, which is probably the first time I’ve done that the same day I bought a car.
The turquoise plate felt like the way to go of the three standard NM plates.
The Pajero remains waiting for the weeping water pump to be replaced. I’ll take it this afternoon for its appointment with a State Police auto theft detective to resolve the VIN inspection required for out of state vehicles to be registered in NM. A couple of weeks ago the MVD was unable to deal with the fact the the truck’s chassis number is stamped on a plate rivited to the firewall and exists nowhere else on the truck. Their procedure manual calls for verifying a VIN in a minimum of two places on a vehicle.
My waterpump for a “Cat E306 excavator” showed up yesterday, so I can install it on the Pajero over the weekend. A box from Dubai also showed up with a new set of radiator hoses for the truck. It would feel unwise to not replace some 25 year old hoses while the cooling system is apart. These are probably the only new set of hoses for one of these trucks on this continent.