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Old 10-14-2010, 09:59 AM
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California Smog Law Changes

I was talking to my brother a few days ago and he said the California government is looking at legislation that would require all cars to have the smog equipment they came with regardless of the vehicles age. If this is true it would be a complete turn around from the current law that exempts 1975 and older cars from being smogged.

I haven't heard anything about this until my brother brought it up. My brother may be confusing this with the smog rules that apply to kit cars and motor change-outs on vehicles that are not smog exempt.

He used my car, a 1971 Corvette with a highly modified engine, as an example. He's saying that if the legislation passes I will need to put all the original smog equipment back on the car.

Does anyone know if there is pending California legislation like my brother described?

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Old 10-14-2010, 10:26 AM
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1974 and older vehicles didn't have much of emission control equipment. PCV is about all 99% of the time. Some cars had an air pump/smog pump, usually California certified ones, but it a challenge for an inspector to determine if it is a Federal car or Cali car.

Even Cali can't expect a Federal car to have the equipment of a Cali cert car.

In your example of a 71 Vette, some federal Vettes had air pump and the 370 and 460 HP engines had an air pump, but all others did not have an AP. If an inspector can determine that I give them kudos for knowing their stuff.
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I do know that stuff, but the question is; is California changing its Smog requirements for 1975 and older cars?
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I do know that stuff, but the question is; is California changing its Smog requirements for 1975 and older cars?
Perhaps you should be asking your state representative instead of this forum?
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Old 10-14-2010, 03:39 PM
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I will if I don't get an answer here, but finding the truth at the state's website is like looking for a needle if a hay stack and a lot of the times in the past I've received false information from state employees so I don't trust them.

I'm sure somebody here will know the answer.
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I agree with Joe, even a smog inspector should be hip on the changes... if they don't know they should.
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Old 10-14-2010, 08:39 PM
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Its always been the law to keep any emissions devices regardless of exemption. Do people listen to it? No. Is it still illegal? Yes. Your only exempt from smog checks. You only run into a problem when you get pulled over and the cop doesn't really like you and asks to pop your hood. Around here the only do it to known street racers.
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I would get in touch with C.A.R.B. = Cal Air Resources Board or see www.arb.ca.gov. ....and I was a street cop in So. Cal. for 33 yrs. and never once popped anybody's hood to check for smog equipment. Most of the guy's I worked with wouldn't have known an air pump from a bazooka.

Now If I caught you street racing the last thing you would be thinking about while sitting handcuffed in the back of my black & white is your smog equipment ....or lack thereof.
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S.E.M.A. follows this kind legislation very closely. Go to the SEMA site and see if there is any info there.
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