It absolutely can work. NHTSA form HS-7 is just about all you need to get approval from the US government, international shipping and state laws are a little bit harder but not a big deal. Have a look at this article I wrote for more info: https://www.hagerty.com/media/advice/piston-slap/piston-slap-finding-the-egyptian-buick-a-forever-ho... If I can do it, you can too!
My 1983 Ford Sierra in Texas