Re-issued vin plate
A few years back I purchased an S10 Blazer. At the time, I ws doing a ton of rebuildable vehicles to make extra money. The Blazer was a theft recovery with minimal body damage, missing wheels, tires, bucket seats and console. I paid 8 grand for the Blazer and invested around 3 grand in repairs. The vehicle was ready for the road with the exception of needing the state inspection done. I dropped it off at the local inspection station that does all of my work. About an hour later the inspection shop calls me and said he can't inspect the truck - there's no vin tag. I thought I was going to throw up - here I am, 11 grand invested, now what.
I live in the state of PA and legally, you cannot drive a vehicle on the road without a vin tag. Everyone told me to get a donor car for the tags an title - I wasn't really comfortable with that, kind of felt shady. Like you, I thought, this has had to happen to someone before. You can't just crush the car, use donor tags, leave it in the garage or just take your chances driving it.
I gathered everything I had for the Blazer; The original sale ad with photo, my bill of sale, all shipping receipts for transporting this vehicle to me, photos of the car, all documentation for the car, etc.. I then went to the messenger service (notary) and applied for a replacement vin tag. In PA, in addition to applying for the replacement vin tag, I was also instructed to flat bed the truck to the PA state police barracks so they could look at the car and run the vin. Under no circumstances should you drive the car there - they WILL impound the car as it shouldn't be on the road without tags.
About 3 or 4 weeks later I received a replacement tag with the original vin number to attach to the car. Unfortunately, the replacement vin tag looks nothing like the original. It was about 3" x 3" and is to be affixed with rivets to the cowl of the car where it is visible. Regardless of looks - it's now legal.
It sucks what you're going through and I hope it works out for you. Good Luck!!