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#1 FHPfounder1

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Posted 06 November 2016 - 11:39 PM

So in California, as of January 2017, anything 1980 or older will be exempt from smog. With that being said, I bought a 79 datsun 280zx. I'm thinking of taking the twin turbo engine out of my wrecked (got t-boned by some kid on his phone) 300ZX and putting it into the 280. Any positive input is appreciated.

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Posted 07 November 2016 - 05:14 AM

As long as you can fabricate that's a great idea. One of the most over looked bang for the buck engines out there.

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Posted 07 November 2016 - 12:24 PM

Been done many many times. Look in the "Other Engines Forum"  for details.

 

Google search:  https://www.google.c...=utf-8&oe=utf-8


Edited by Miles, 07 November 2016 - 04:53 PM.

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Posted 07 November 2016 - 12:42 PM

So in California, as of January 2017, anything 1980 or older will be exempt from smog. With that being said, I bought a 79 datsun 280zx. I'm thinking of taking the twin turbo engine out of my wrecked (got t-boned by some kid on his phone) 300ZX and putting it into the 280. Any positive input is appreciated.

I guess I haven't been paying that close of attention, but did they reinstate the rolling exemption?  I thought it stopped several years ago at 1975...


Edited by TimZ, 07 November 2016 - 12:44 PM.

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Posted 07 November 2016 - 04:13 PM

Re California SMOG Law Change

 

California Legislation S.B. 1239 came up for vote in June 2016, but did not get enough votes to pass.


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Posted 07 November 2016 - 04:49 PM

Been done many many times. Look in the "Other Engines Forum"  for details.
 
Google search:  https://www.google.c...=utf-8&oe=utf-8


Wrong car...

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Posted 07 November 2016 - 04:54 PM

Wrong car...

 

forgot the X.

 

Here is the corrected Google search: https://www.google.c...=utf-8&oe=utf-8


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Posted 08 November 2016 - 02:43 PM

Re California SMOG Law Change

 

California Legislation S.B. 1239 came up for vote in June 2016, but did not get enough votes to pass.

Sorry if I'm being dense - does this mean that the original post was incorrect, or did something else happen?


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Posted 08 November 2016 - 02:55 PM

Did I get misinformation

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Posted 08 November 2016 - 03:31 PM

Unfortunately, yes

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Posted 08 November 2016 - 06:07 PM

So yes, in California the cut off is still1975 and older.

 

But it is not a show stopper. As long as the engine swap  meets the emission requirements for the chosen car and the engine you can get a smog sticker from the state that makes the car legal. Much discussion in the various forums and you can Google for the detailed rules.


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