I don't know if it will help but in Indiana and Texas you file paperwork of an abandoned vehicle with the local judge, place an ad in the local newspaper for two or three weeks, then reproach the judge with the results (usually none) and have the judge issue an abandonment judgment to reclaim title. Then you use that to go to the DMV and get a clean title. I did that in Indiana with a '48 Plymouth I turned into a hot-rod, and a Ford 5 ton truck in Texas.
Hope this helps!
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