Many DMV offices in the US will make it hard on you if you apply for a lost title.
Some will want you to put up a bond (your own money) that the state will keep for years to cover them in case the vehicle turns up as stolen.
Once a set number of years has passed, they will finally send you the title, and even then it could be a salvage title - hurting the value of your car.
There is a way around this for cars older than 1974:
I know many people who have used their services, and it is a great way to get a real title for your car in a short amount of time.
It is really simple - taking advantage of the fact that Alabama did not require titles for cars before 1974. If you buy an old car from Alabama, all you will get is a bill of sale and proof of registration (license plates). The DMV in your state most likely will have to accept this and issue you a new title.
Broadway will supply you with these documents for a fee. It is a loophole - but also very legal.
Make sure you double check that your state's DMV will accept a bill of sale and registration from Alabama (most of them still do) - and you will be set.