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GTRocks
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From: Lusby, MD
Registered: Jun 99

posted 03-14-2005 04:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GTRocks   Click Here to Email GTRocks     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It was now my '93 5.0 'vert's turn for testing. I showed up and went through the routine. Pimple boy number 1 ran it through the test. Popped the clutch in first and nearly launched off the dyno, spun the clutch in second giving way too much gas and feathering the clutch. These tests have the driver run through a preprogrammed rpm graph. If the driver starts deviating from the graph the arrow goes yellow, and then red. Too many red arrows and the test is aborted. At the end of the test the rpms ramp down pretty rapidly, and he couldn't slow her down (ironic huh? ). So he failed (test aborted). So he calls pimple boy #2 from the control room. I guess they can't run the test twice with the same driver. So he runs through the paces, with much better clutch control. Still failed the end part. Apparently they tried to blame it on brakes according to the guy that was behind me in line.

So they had to revert to a constant 2500 rpm test. I was 200% under any of the requirements.

What a waste of $14. Anyway, I'm good for another 2 years.

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whiteknight289
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From: Wheaton, IL, USA
Registered: Mar 2004

posted 03-14-2005 05:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for whiteknight289   Click Here to Email whiteknight289     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Its just as much of a pain in Illinois, but at least there is no fee for our testing.
Scott

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SteveLaRiviere
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From: Saco, Maine
Registered: May 99

posted 03-14-2005 05:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm glad we don't have to deal with that foolishness.

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'70 Mustang Mach 1 351C 4V/FMX/3.25 Open
'70 Mustang Convertible 250 I6/3 speed/2.79 Open
'72 Mustang Sprint Hardtop 351C 4V/FMX/4.30 Trac Loc
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hwyman3
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From: Southern Maryland, USA
Registered: Jul 2004

posted 03-14-2005 06:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for hwyman3   Click Here to Email hwyman3     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You know, Dave, the more I hear about Maryland's VEIP program, the more I want to move to St. Mary's County to avoid it!

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Greg W.
MCA #52100
2002 Laser Red GT Coupe
1991 F-150 XLT 4x2 5.0
Southern Maryland Mustang Club
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exlocal
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From: hacienda hts., CA, USA
Registered: Dec 2004

posted 03-14-2005 10:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for exlocal     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Not a smog test, but your description of Pimple Boy mad me laugh so hard it reminded me of my alignment of my 67 Stang this past weekend. Pimple boy set up the machine started adjustments then started the engine while it was on the alignment rack. I was sort of curious as I'm not really up on alignment procedures, but then I see him flicking the steering wheel back and forth and watching the computer screen. It finally dawned on me that I don't think he's ever seen a car with manual steering

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hwyman3
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From: Southern Maryland, USA
Registered: Jul 2004

posted 03-14-2005 10:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for hwyman3   Click Here to Email hwyman3     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
These pimple boys must be only used to their vtecs. Get more than 4 cylinders and it blows their minds!

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Greg W.
MCA #52100
2002 Laser Red GT Coupe
1991 F-150 XLT 4x2 5.0
Southern Maryland Mustang Club
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tr1gger5
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From: Valley Lee, MD
Registered: Apr 2004

posted 03-19-2005 10:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for tr1gger5   Click Here to Email tr1gger5     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I sure am glad I now live in St MAry's county. That testing is a real pain. It's just another tax!

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Jeff
'67 S-code Stang coupe
'03 Ranger FX4

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hwyman3
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From: Southern Maryland, USA
Registered: Jul 2004

posted 03-20-2005 07:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for hwyman3   Click Here to Email hwyman3     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Last year when I took the GT through, I had no problem. Now both the GT and the truck are due next year. I can't wait to see what they say about that truck when it's turn is due.

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Greg W.
MCA #52100
2002 Laser Red GT Coupe
1991 F-150 XLT 4x2 5.0
Southern Maryland Mustang Club
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Toronado3800
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From: St. Louis, MO
Registered: Jul 2001

posted 03-21-2005 01:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Toronado3800     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm going to write my congressman and tell him to raise the pay on our testers enough that pimple boy looses his job due to stiff competition before I have to go!

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