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Old 03-29-2011, 03:13 PM   #21
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oh, well yeah I guess if you include CARB approved stuff. I totally forgot about that.
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Old 03-29-2011, 05:37 PM   #22
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And a motor swap in CA can only be from the same make and model car, just different years.
No, you can do other swaps, there are just some rules you have to follow.

For starters, the donor engine must be of the same or newer model year than the chassis which it is going into.

Also, you must retain all of the emissions-control hardware applicable to the car in which the donor engine was installed.

All of it.

It's not impossible, but it's a hell of a lot of wiring and sensors. There's a reason that the kit-car guys prefer working with pre-1967 engines.

Let's say that you want to install the engine from a 2003 Corvette into your Miata. For starters, the Miata itself has to be 2003 or older. This would be an illegal swap in an '04 or later car. And of course, you need to carry over every single piece of emissions hardware with it, which, from a technical perspective, includes the whole exhaust from headers to cats, all the canisters and vapor-recovery ****, etc.

The referees are permitted some leeway in this. They can, for instance allow you to make a modification to the midpipe in order for it to fit into the car, so long as the overall dimensions windup being the same. They are not likely, however, to pass you with a set of custom-fabricated headers unless they have a CARB-EO on them.
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Old 03-29-2011, 06:47 PM   #23
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So say if i got stationed in cali, and I kept my car tagged in TN, would i get pulled over and f'ed with?
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Old 03-29-2011, 07:25 PM   #24
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You military guys do get a huge break on this one.
Nonresident Military Personnel Operating a Vehicle in California

Nonresident military personnel, and both military or civilian members of NATO who are not citizens of the United States are permitted to operate a vehicle in this state with valid license plates from either:

the individual's home state or country or
the state or country where the individual was regularly assigned and stationed when the license plates were issued, if the following requirements are met:
  • The license plates displayed on the vehicle are valid plates issued by a foreign jurisdiction.
  • The vehicle registration and license plates are issued to the military person or spouse of the military person.
  • The vehicle registration and license plates are issued by the foreign jurisdiction where the military person was last regularly assigned and stationed for duty by military orders or a jurisdiction claimed by the nonresident military person as the permanent state of residence.
  • If the vehicle is a motor vehicle, the owner or driver has insurance.
NOTE: Military orders do not include military orders for leave, for temporary duty, or for any other assignment of any nature requiring the military person's presence outside the foreign jurisdiction where the owner was regularly assigned and stationed for duty.

This section applies to all vehicles owned by the military person or spouse except any commercial vehicle used in any business manner wherein the military person or spouse receives compensation.
So yeah, if you claim TN as your "home state", then you can keep your TN registration even if you are stationed at a base over here.

Source: http://dmv.ca.gov/pubs/brochures/fas...militaryvr.htm
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Old 03-29-2011, 08:12 PM   #25
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I knew all the emissions hardware had to be used from the donor car, its like the fuel pump, the same return or return-less fueling system... etc just like you said. But what I was referring to before was the fact that it didnt used to be (and I could be wrong) the same model and not be CARB approved as long as you had all the stuff to go along with it.

For instance if you wanted to drop an LS series engine into your FD RX-7 you would have to have the engine, all the emissions goodies (as stated above) and you were good to go. Without it being CARB approved. But now it has to be from the same model unless it is a CARB approved kit.

I may be completely wrong though. I have never done an engine swap on a smog car. Only pre smog cars.
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