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The identity of the vehicle usually stays with the chassis. So if you swap the body the vehicle remains your old one. If you swap the mechanicals, the vehicle becomes the new vehicle. I do not know whether this is an issue with registration and other rules about vehicle identity where you live.

Neither is going to be a quick job. I would think that the mechanical change should be quicker. But the vehicle identity issues here would mean that I would do the body swap and keep the identity of my current vehicle.
You will have to lift the body reasonably high to clear the motor. There are a lot of things that are connected to the mechanics and chassis as well as the body. For example, the air-con, the radiator, the braking system, Handbrake, transmission selection, electrical wiring, etc, etc. Where you could leave all these connected with a mechanical change
 
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