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Old 01-20-2003, 10:36 AM
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I'm not sure if this question should go here, or if it got covered somewhere and I missed it. My question is about what happens to us in California after we do an engine swap in a late-model car.

I'm completing (I hope!!) a 98 5.7 (still seems like they should be called 350s) vortec swap into a 91 Sonoma. I thought I had all my ducks in a row when I started the project about 3 years ago. Now I'm getting worried about getting it smogged. The California CHP seem to keep this info about what is allowed and what isn't top secret. When I started this project, a guy at the local GM place said it would pass if (1) the new engine came from the same class vehicle from the same year or newer, (2) if it still had the original or newer emmission controls, and (3) if it didn't generate any error codes. Everything is stone stock except the headers that came off a mid-90s Camaro.

Has anyone out there had any experience with this? I have asked at the local DMV and the CHP and neither is helpful.

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Old 01-20-2003, 07:58 PM
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Run it through the smog testing, if it passes the visual and emissions, you're home free. if not, go to a referee station. Dan
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Old 01-20-2003, 08:11 PM
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My engine teacher put a 305 into a S10. He said they didn't even really look when they smogged it. I guess it depends on where you do it.
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And one more thing, don't volunteer any information about the swap unless asked, most of these guys don't know the difference and really don't care, they're just doing a job.
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i think in cali you dont have to be smogged if your car is over 30 years old regarless of the engine. also smog pass tips: change oil beforehand, remove air filter element right before you get there. make sure you warm it up first. like above post, dont tell them anything
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