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Randy67
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From: Central Coast, Ca.
Registered: Apr 2005

posted 11-20-2005 10:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randy67        Reply w/Quote
You might want to check out (www.geocities.com/smogrfg/) it's what Ca. does that sooner or later affects all the rest of the states! randy67

SteveLaRiviere
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posted 12-08-2005 06:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere        Reply w/Quote
Here's something else for Californians, from Hemmings email list:

Legislation
California Law Addresses Hot Rod/Kit Car Emissions
California long led the nation in smog, so it’s no wonder they've long led in efforts to reduce it, as well. Now, in addition to publishing the CARB (California Air Resources Board) standard that drive nationwide emissions standards in new cars, California has standardized its exhaust requirements for kit cars and street rods as well.
The complicated statute essentially states that every vehicle must be assigned a year, and meet the smog requirements for that year. If your 1968 Camaro is powered by a 1998 LS2 engine, then it must use all the emissions control equipment that came on a 1998 LS2. As we read the statute, we think that the owner can then register the vehicle as either the year of the engine, or the year the body most resembles.
California issues a maximum of only 500 registrations a year for "specially constructed vehicles," and the new standardized regulations are actually designed to encourage car builders to apply for them. Thankfully, a builder has to go through this process only once, and is then exempt from any further smog checks...at least until California state legislators write another piece of legislation. For more information, visit www.dmv.ca.gov/vr/spcnsreg.htm
- By David B. Traver Adolphus

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 01-12-2006 05:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere        Reply w/Quote
Another from Hemmings email list:

California hot rods face tighter emissions regulations
Titling and registering a hot rod remains the stickiest part of the hobby, especially in California, where smog rules tend to complicate matters when it comes to modern engine swaps.
The California Bureau of Automotive Repair has published its policy for smog check certification for specially constructed vehicles—a category that includes hot rods as well as kit cars and other assembled vehicles.
The policy allows for one of two processes to determine the necessary smog equipment. The first, covered by California Senate Bill 100 (the Specially Constructed Vehicle Emission Control Program), allows the vehicle’s owner to choose whether the state inspects the car based on the model year the vehicle most resembles or the year of the engine. Really, who will build a fiberglass Deuce with a Chevrolet LS2 V-8 and ask to have it smogged based on the engine? So that, in essence, becomes an exemption, but just for 500 applicants per year.
Everybody else then must have their cars inspected based on the year or configuration of the engine, using whatever emissions equipment came with the engine in that year. The rules do allow for some flexibility here, allowing vehicle owners to choose the specific year for the engine if that engine was manufactured over multiple years.
Previously, the state simply assigned the current calendar year as the car’s model year during titling, but according to the Specialty Equipment Market Association, the designation “(did) not relate to the emission control requirements for the vehicle.” SEMA, which has worked with the California BAR, claims that such a system will chiefly help reduce the confusion related to titling and registering hot rods in the state, but the system will undoubtedly lead to greater use of emissions equipment and more stringent emissions testing for street rods and hot rods in California—at least on those not fortunate enough to qualify for the Senate Bill 100 exemption.
By the way, all 500 applications for 2006 were snapped up by January 3, so if you want a 2007 application, get in line now.
- By Daniel Strohl

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