I am not sure of all the particulars in the title situation. But my friend is a computer nerd and he said he just finally gave up. TN must have some tough title laws. my state of KY all car dealers used to bring the cars to KY to get a title, fix them up and push them down south.
at one time he was going to buy another old truck that had a title and maybe change the plates, but guess that ran into a dead end.
he has plenty of other tractors and vehicles to play with.