LAC Pollution Musings, was Massachusetts 4KTQ owner question

Mark L. Chang mchang at
Tue Dec 17 11:25:17 EST 2002

On Tue, Dec 17, 2002 at 06:17:34PM -0000 or thereabouts, rob hod wrote:
>     A fellow car enthusiast I was talking to today said that 90% of the
> pollution made by the average car in its entire life was during the
> manufacturing process.
>     So when I read about a someone having to consider going to a different
> state to pass an inspection, just because they are an enthusiast and fitted
> a turbo, I begin to wonder at the justice of it all.
>     Surely all us enthusiasts, even if we do turbo swaps etc are helping the
> environment, for one thing we're keeping these old cars on the road and not
> buying new ones instead, and consuming the least resources in their repair
> by only replacing worn parts, for another we're quite likely to have our
> cars in a good state of tune, because we're enthusiasts and because we want
> a car that runs well, doesn't  waste fuel and we want a nice environment
> too!

I think what would be fair would be to require that the final result of
an engine swap should meet the requirements of the emissions-producing
part of the car. Additionally, I kind of agree with CA law that says you
can't swap older engines into newer cars. This would prevent me getting
around emissions laws entirely by putting readily available old Hemis
into newer cars (why I'd do that is beyond me, but hey). So if you put a
2002 V6tt from an S4 into your 4kq, you need to meet 2002 V6tt S4
emissions standards. It only seems fair, and it seems a decent way to
put a value on what your acceptable emissions should be.

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