LAC Pollution Musings, was Massachusetts 4KTQ owner question

Tue Dec 17 21:03:09 EST 2002

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In a message dated 12/17/02 5:32:33 PM Eastern Standard Time,
quattro-request at writes:

> Actually, the CA law reads such that the level of emissions equipment goes
> with whichever is newer, the chassis or the engine.  If you can equip that
> hemi engine with APPROVED emissions control equipment that matches the year
> of the chassis, and pass the tailpipe test, you're home free.  Of course,
> it
> may prove an expensive task, but you COULD do it, providing the equipment
> was available.  Might be somewhat difficult to fit an approved motronic
> type
> system to that 426, but you're ceretainly not barred by law from doing so.
> Just figuring out a camshaft grind that will be both approved and workable
> might be the hardest part.  John
       I have had a Hemi in Massachusetts since the new law (I hope to have
another when Chrysler puts it in the 300 for 2004. There is going to be a new
mayor in Carville). It was in a '72 Dodge, I told them it came that way (the
inspector knew better but didn't argue, he liked it. The CIA used to estimate
that 10% of any population is sufficiently opposed to the government to
obstruct it). Since it was older than 1984, no problem. It used to be that we
had a "rolling" law. If the car was over 15 years old it basically only got a
visual check and a safety inspection. Now, 1984 is a cut off year. Any car of
that year or newer is sniffed. The 15 year rule is gone or it would be 1987's
Tom Faust

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