Lots of progress! She's on the road, registered, inspected, and passed, including emissions which is pretty cool considering that she's basically a 1972 VW Beetle that was re-titled in Ohio as a 1985 "assembled vehicle." A close read of the Massachusetts auto emissions law would seem to indicate that a kit car of this type should be tested under the make, model, and year that the chassis was manufactured. However, the test station can only test to the make, model, and year the vehicle is registered.
Since this vehicle was titled as a 1985 in Ohio that's the only thing that our RMV would let me register it as. They told me I'd have to go to Ohio's DMV to get it changed - but under Ohio's rules, it's correct! Classic Catch-22. Read on to see what I did.
Oh yes! and I got Mass plates STMPNK no less!