California smog police are waiting...?

Kneale Brownson knotnook at
Wed Aug 15 21:47:53 EDT 2001

At 05:10 PM 08/15/2001 -0700, Jonas K. wrote:

> > From: Kneale Brownson <knotnook at>
> > When you have that engine in the car with all the attendant plumbing and
> > wiring, how easy will it be to read those numbers?  Smear some grease on
> > them and see how legible they become.
> >
>The referee inspection is much different from the lame excuse of a smog 
>inspection that
>the cars get every 2 years in Ca.
>The referees take hours, using mirrors and all to verify _all_ numbers and 
>Because they are so anal, it is actually fairly difficult to get on the 
>first try. Getting
>it refereed is a trophy indicating that you did a flawless install.
>grease,rust,or plumbing won't phase them, it will only delay your lunch 
>date. I would also
>not try to tamper with any of the stamped numbers, you might have to yank 
>it out and find
>another replacement. :-(

Ahhh, I thought the goal was to get it past a state pollution 
inspection.  You know, the "close enough for government work" employee.

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