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#21 Joe Handley

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Posted 10 April 2013 - 12:45 PM

 
I must admit I laughed pretty hard at this one... Thankfully here, nothing before 1995 gets tested. It used to be 1967 and earlier- so all my stuff was registered out of the county!


Kinda got a point, most "hobby cars" are probably going to be well kept, some will be heavily modified and probably not as clean a steam locomotive burning the more sulfur heavy coal, there's ones that are likely more like barely maintained beaters that happen to be old enough fall within the "hobby car" rules.

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Posted 10 April 2013 - 08:57 PM

one time i got a fractured hand and had a cast and needed  surgery again .. so could not drive my car , then i needed to get a mot and emissions test .. it failed sooo hard ..the test station was like a 3 minute drive from my house and the car was sitting still for like 2 months

luckely the guy is a old neighbour and we went to take a drive , when warm he really gave it some and back at the test station he tested the emissions and they where perfect :)

i was happy because failing emissions can be a big problem



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Posted 11 April 2013 - 08:19 AM

 

You should have told them it was your seeing eye dog!   :lol:

 

 

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I lol'd that one.



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Posted 11 April 2013 - 08:22 AM

My 83 El Camino has been modified and now since it is over 30 years I will get a collecters plate and will never have to worry about it again.  (famous last words)



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Posted 11 April 2013 - 03:02 PM

Ontario Recently changed their emissions testing policies (once again it's a regional thing, only certain area's require testing), Now all vehicles with OBD II are merely scanned and no longer ran on the Dyno, so as long as your check engine light is not on you Pass, if your vehicle is OBD I it is still dyno-ed like my truck, of course 25 or older are exempt, like new vehicles for the first 7 years, it's something that has never made sense here and is making less sense.

 

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 07:37 PM

 

It's such a joke. Certain parts of the state get tested, others don't.  :rolleyes:

Harry it's based on population density and regional factors. I live in the Valley of the sun, keyword Valley. Its a great place to be from,I have seen pollution steadily rise thoughout my 48 years of being here, we used to have beautiful skies, open land, Now we have a brown cloud over us, and lots of cars,and construction.The only times We see a true blue sky is when you go out of town, or when it rains. If it happens to rain, you end up fighting your Allergies. Which is kind of Ironic, since this used to be the place where people would come to for Asthma relief. I don't think Emission testing is a Joke. Especially when my wife has an asthma attack.   



#27 Joe Handley

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 06:23 AM

My 83 El Camino has been modified and now since it is over 30 years I will get a collecters plate and will never have to worry about it again.  (famous last words)


Does having collectors plate on it limit the miles driven per year?

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 07:40 AM

I dont know in your state. in Arizona I do not believe it does. The only thing that limits the mileage is recreational vehicles, which has to be done through the insurance compay. You can effectively modify a current year vehicle, and have it deemed recreational status, and legally drive it on the street as long as you dont exceed the miles. 



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Posted 12 April 2013 - 12:09 PM

Does having collectors plate on it limit the miles driven per year?

Yes around 2500 - 3000 miles per year but it doesnt really get driven much. 



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Posted 12 April 2013 - 07:17 PM

I remember when I lived in California and I took my car, fresh from Wisconsin, into a smog station. I had a 64 LeSabre with the little 300 engine. They retro fitted out of state cars with what was nothing more than removing the vacuum advance hose and plugging the fittings at the carb and distributor. They set the advance to a pre determined level and that was it. Simple? Not if you drove a lot of highway miles. Anything over 55 mph was gonna burn your valves. Most of us "in the know" would just re install the vacuum line and tune the advance back to factory settings. It was just California's way of getting rid of older cars through attrition of engines going bad and the car really not being worth much to begin with and just junking it and buying another California car with it's required smog equipment that the 49 state cars didn't have at the time.



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Posted 12 April 2013 - 08:51 PM

Glad to hear it worked better the second time. I believe it is all revenue based.  I drive a Dodge diesel pickup that was exempt from testing.  Suddenly it needed testing and has zero pollution believe it or not.  The tester even said that the diesels never fail and are cleaner than the the gas cars and didn't know why they were tested.  Yes it puts out particulents, it is a diesel, but apparently not the ozone killing, asthma contributing stuff they are testing for.  Also I have yet to see anyone buy or make clean air with the money collected. Will this be cash or check? :unsure:  



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Posted 13 April 2013 - 02:39 PM

Does having collectors plate on it limit the miles driven per year?

In Illinois it does. I beleive it's 5000 miles, and is technically limited to driving to and from shows or parades. There's also now an "extended use" collector plate in Illinois which allows for 10000 miles a year, allowing for some regular driving, mainly cruising or longer trips to car shows, but it is not intended for cars used as daily use vehicles. That's why I have regular plates on mine, as it is a daily driver.

On that note, I'm glad that not only do I live Downstate where we don't test for emissions, but both of my vehicles are over 25 years old, and would be exempt anyway.



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Posted 13 April 2013 - 02:55 PM

Ah, I didn't know we had extended limited use plates now too! I knew we had limited use plates that were 3-5k, just couldn't remember exactly how many miles it was.

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Posted 13 April 2013 - 03:01 PM

The Extended Use plates are fairly new, I think they came out last year.



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Posted 13 April 2013 - 09:08 PM

I remember when I lived in California and I took my car, fresh from Wisconsin, into a smog station. I had a 64 LeSabre with the little 300 engine. They retro fitted out of state cars with what was nothing more than removing the vacuum advance hose and plugging the fittings at the carb and distributor. They set the advance to a pre determined level and that was it. Simple? Not if you drove a lot of highway miles. Anything over 55 mph was gonna burn your valves. Most of us "in the know" would just re install the vacuum line and tune the advance back to factory settings. It was just California's way of getting rid of older cars through attrition of engines going bad and the car really not being worth much to begin with and just junking it and buying another California car with it's required smog equipment that the 49 state cars didn't have at the time.

That move was another Jerry Brown special ! That idiot made the B.A.R. add a NoX Sensor to cars which were not originally equipped with such a device ; my dad's 1969 Dart got nailled with that piece of junk NoX Sensor . Basically , it retarded the timing via the distributor vacuum advance ; a real MPG killer !!!

Circa 1984 : The year we were finally freed from the talons of Brown : My dad receives a letter in the mail stating to the effect , "The NoX Device is no longer necessary on your [1969 Dodge] ..." So , as quickly as he read the letter , he was out under the hood of the Dart , removing that piece of junk sensor ... ha ha ha ... I can still see him throwing it as hard as he could , bouncing-off the pavement as it were , throwing a bit of a spark as its metal body spanked the asphalt .

 

I must admit that I'm surprised that a 1964 model year car had to meet Ca's restrictive standards ! For many years , only 1966 & newer cars were subject to the probing of the B.A.R. creeps , with one exception : engine swaps !

For many years , the vehicles were expected to meet the emissions standards of the year of the car's engine !!

So , a handful of sharp fellers were swapping older engines into their newer cars , thusly avoiding smog tests !!

Witness the then-common practise of swapping a Buick 215 V8 into Vega and LUV trucks ; a CCV (predecessor the the PCV) was the only piece of smog equipment on those engines (and , an improvement to the lifespan of the engines vs. Road Draft Tubes !!) .

 

Beginning in c.1984 , the smog testing guidelines changed ; now only 1966 & newer cars were subject (why 1966 ? First year for A.I.R. Pump ... though not every engine was so equipped) , regardless of the year of the engine under the bonnet .

 

As I've said time and again : I like clean air . I do not miss the days of 3rd & 4th Stage Smog Alerts . But , I also realise that there's a point of 'diminshing returns' when it comes to emissions inspections . It's just not realistic to make every vehicle subject to fuel-mileage-killing catalytic converters / restrictive exhaust / electronic carburetors / etc. !

It's been proven twice that modified engines can and do  produce less harmful emissions ; however , new(er) cars with their superior fuel injection / dry induction (especially Direct-Injection setups !) , conversely , run worse when their equipment is fiddlled with (read : fart cannon exhaust crowd).

 

Too much money to be made by running at the pipe testing ( no visual ) , and excepting vehicles 20 years old and older .



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Posted 14 April 2013 - 05:17 AM

california is about to kill truckin here, 09 and older trucks will be required to have big catalytic converters on them by end of next year. (it`s called a dpf, but same thing) even if you`re from another state. cost anywhere from 10,000 to 20,000 per unit! i have an 05 volvo with only 70,000 miles, passes every test thrown at it. to bad, still gotta get it. lots more in new rules but can`t stand to think about it. california and small business is gonna die here! thanks for letting me rant.