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f you are in California, you'd better email all of your reps as well as email everyone you know and inform them about this bill. If not, go ahead and keep smogging your cars.  I sent my emails off, and called everyone.

California Introduces Bill to Exempt pre-1981 Vehicles From Emissions Inspection Requirement

In 2004, legislation was enacted to repeal California’s rolling emissions-test exemption for vehicles 30 years old and older and replace it with a law requiring the lifetime testing of all 1976 and newer model-year vehicles. This year, a bill has been introduced in the California Senate (S.B. 1224) by Senator Doug LaMalfa (Senator.LaMalfa@senate.ca.gov ) to exempt all motor vehicles prior to the 1981 model year from the emissions inspection requirement.  The bill will be considered in the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee on March 27, 2012.

We Urge You to Contact All Members of the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee (Contact Info Below) Immediately To Request Their Support for S.B. 1224
•S.B. 1224 recognizes the minimal impact of pre-1981vehicles on emissions and air quality.


•S.B. 1224 acknowledges that pre-1981 vehicles still constitute a minuscule portion of the overall vehicle population and are a poor source from which to look for emissions reduction.


•S.B. 1224 endorses the fact that pre-1981 vehicles are overwhelmingly well-maintained and infrequently driven (a fraction of the miles each year as a new vehicle).


•For years, legislators, regulators and stationary source polluters have felt the heat from failed efforts to meet air quality goals and have looked to older cars as a convenient scapegoat, using false data and inflated annual mileage assumptions to further their case.  S.B. 1224 helps validate the truth.  The old car hobby should not continue to carry the burden of past mistakes!

DON’T DELAY!  Please contact members of the California Senate Transportation and Housing Committee immediately to request their support of S.B. 1224.  Please e-mail a copy of your letter to Steve McDonald at stevem@sema.org.  Also, please forward this Alert to your fellow car enthusiasts.  Urge them to join the SAN and help defend the hobby!  Thank you for your assistance.

Senate Transportation and Housing Committee

To e-mail all members of the Committee, copy and paste the email address block below:

senator.desaulnier@sen.ca.gov; senator.gaines@senate.ca.gov; senator.harman@sen.ca.gov; Senator.Kehoe@sen.ca.gov; Senator.Lowenthal@sen.ca.gov; senator.pavley@sen.ca.gov; michael.rubio@sen.ca.gov; senator.simitian@sen.ca.gov; Senator.Wyland@senate.ca.gov

Senator Mark DeSaulnier (Chair)
Phone: (916) 651-4007
Email: senator.desaulnier@sen.ca.gov

Senator Ted Gaines (Vice Chair)
Phone: (916) 651-4001
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Senator Tom Harman
Phone: (916) 651-4035
Email: senator.harman@sen.ca.gov

Senator Christine Kehoe
Phone: (916) 651-4039
Email: Senator.Kehoe@sen.ca.gov

Senator Alan Lowenthal
Phone: (916) 651-4027
Email: Senator.Lowenthal@sen.ca.gov

Senator Fran Pavley
Phone: (916) 651-4023
Email: senator.pavley@sen.ca.gov

Senator Michael Rubio
Phone: (916) 651-4016
Email: michael.rubio@sen.ca.gov

Senator Joe Simitian
Phone: (916) 651-4011
Email: senator.simitian@sen.ca.gov

Senator Mark Wyland
Phone: (916) 651-4038
Email: Senator.Wyland@senate.ca.gov
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Re: TO ALL CALIFORNIA CAR OWNERS-BILL TO MOVE SMOG TEST TO 81-MARCH 27
« Reply #1 on: March 24, 2012, 11:30:55 PM »
i wonder.if this passes thru with flying colors.will i have to smog my 78 station wagon after all the years  of failed work on that peice garbage 2700 venuri carb.i put it on non op. i can only hope. i have my new 2150 replacement carb soooo ready for its new home, hehehehe
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Re: TO ALL CALIFORNIA CAR OWNERS-BILL TO MOVE SMOG TEST TO 81-MARCH 27
« Reply #2 on: March 24, 2012, 11:55:51 PM »
We started doing this in Idaho last year and in all honesty it was a good move, considering there are VERY few pre 1981 cars left on the road here, not  counting the garage queens that come out in the summer and sunny days.
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Re: TO ALL CALIFORNIA CAR OWNERS-BILL TO MOVE SMOG TEST TO 81-MARCH 27
« Reply #3 on: March 27, 2012, 12:27:30 PM »
hey alberto another great post and a very important one!in these tough times alot of us cant afford to fix anything major that would happen to our cars and having not to worry about the smog police would be a great help.i  have owned my car for over 6 years now and have only put on about 4500 miles so far. i might drive it more if this passes.so lets send a message to the elected officals and get this passed. iam sure when they made my car in 1977 they didnt think it would have to be run on a treadmill and pass a fuel vapor tank test.  keep driving your pintos.  chris in central valley ca.
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Re: TO ALL CALIFORNIA CAR OWNERS-BILL TO MOVE SMOG TEST TO 81-MARCH 27
« Reply #4 on: March 27, 2012, 01:41:10 PM »
 
Today is the day of the vote. I have emailed and called all of the senators and I can only hope that all of you in California have done the same. Due to the POOR email response I got from the 300+ people I emailed and the six sites I posted on, I am not holding my breath. Once again, people can complain about everything but should they have a chance to make a difference, they would rather watch TV. I hope I am wrong.
 
Now, conversely, if this bill passes, I would recommend that once again all IMPORTANT smog components on the car remain. Modern catalytic converters rob next to no HP. On top of that, dyno tuning a stock car will improve efficiency and there for HP much more than buying worthless speed parts. No smog test does not mean your car should run like crap. Personally, if it were up to me I would mandate that all cars operating in California, regardless of year, be equipped with a cat. I am sick of following a 65 mustang and not being able to breathe. My cars run so clean that you can package the exhaust and sell it as mountain spring air! Oh, and my fully “smog ridden” 2.8 V6 which passes smog pumps out 155 RWHP. So much for the theory that smog equipment ruins performance.
 
We need to be smart about this. California’s smog test does not concern the environment. It is merely there to kick cars off the road so that we will use more natural resources to build new cars, pay for new car taxes and registration and then ultimately start the cycle over again as soon as possible. Conservation is why this law be passed. Not so that you can strap a 500 cfm carb on you '76 Pinto’s 2.3, saw out the cat, primer the hood and think you built a street rod.
 
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#1. 1979 Wagon V6 Restored
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#3. 1980 Sedan I4 Original
#4. 1974 Pangra Wagon I4 Turbo
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#6. 1976 Bobcat Squire Hatchback (Restoring)
...Like i said, I like them.
...and I have 4 Fiats.

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Re: TO ALL CALIFORNIA CAR OWNERS-BILL TO MOVE SMOG TEST TO 81-MARCH 27
« Reply #5 on: March 27, 2012, 05:53:00 PM »
Alberto ,
Hearing is postponed until April 10..
 
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Re: TO ALL CALIFORNIA CAR OWNERS-BILL TO MOVE SMOG TEST TO 81-MARCH 27
« Reply #6 on: March 27, 2012, 06:09:36 PM »
 
While I can respect the nature of some anti -tampering aspects of the laws, I'm an advocate of "the results at the pipe are all that matter" philosophy. If you can meet or exceed the clean air standards with alternate equipment, you should not be harassed by Visual inspections. Given the crude nature of the 70's Cylinder head designs and the attached emissions equipment, Improving power and still meeting emissions goals is the responsibility of every owner and attainable. The Dyno test is a valid way to confirm your mods work. Chasing after non existent or scarce emissions parts is folly and not really a solution. Finding better flowmetrics and cam profiling is a way to meet both goals. Even a Duratec motor conversion without any emissions is cleaner than a 2.3 Lima motor stock.
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Re: TO ALL CALIFORNIA CAR OWNERS-BILL TO MOVE SMOG TEST TO 81-MARCH 27
« Reply #7 on: March 28, 2012, 05:25:59 AM »

While I can respect the nature of some anti -tampering aspects of the laws, I'm an advocate of "the results at the pipe are all that matter" philosophy. If you can meet or exceed the clean air standards with alternate equipment, you should not be harassed by Visual inspections. Given the crude nature of the 70's Cylinder head designs and the attached emissions equipment, Improving power and still meeting emissions goals is the responsibility of every owner and attainable. The Dyno test is a valid way to confirm your mods work. Chasing after non existent or scarce emissions parts is folly and not really a solution. Finding better flowmetrics and cam profiling is a way to meet both goals. Even a Duratec motor conversion without any emissions is cleaner than a 2.3 Lima motor stock.
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Gotta agree with you on that one. I am personally for an "End justifies the means" type smog law for the older cars.

     I am replacing my 72 Maverick's 2bbl 302 non cat set up with a 331 stroker with a self-tuning Powerjection III F.I. set up and possibly high flow cats because I like clean air as much as the next guy. But if I had to smog it it would fail a visual inspection. Who the hell is that helping?

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Re: TO ALL CALIFORNIA CAR OWNERS-BILL TO MOVE SMOG TEST TO 81-MARCH 27
« Reply #8 on: March 28, 2012, 02:34:50 PM »
 pintosopher:
 Agreed. Sadly, the fact is few will go to the trouble to add these modern modifications whose end result is cleaner emissions. The first thing people do when modifying a "smog controlled" car is rip out the cat. I absolutely agree that it is what comes out of the tail pipe that counts BUT in this state of false environmentali sts, the smog shops do a thorough under hood inspection which, without the correct C.A.R.B. number, will fail smog no matter how clean the cars emissions are should they make a modification. Make sense? Of course not, it's politics.
 I heard about the postponement this morning…still keeping my fingers crossed.
 
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#1. 1979 Wagon V6 Restored
#2. 1977 Wagon V6 Restored
#3. 1980 Sedan I4 Original
#4. 1974 Pangra Wagon I4 Turbo
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#6. 1976 Bobcat Squire Hatchback (Restoring)
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...and I have 4 Fiats.

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Re: TO ALL CALIFORNIA CAR OWNERS-BILL TO MOVE SMOG TEST TO 81-MARCH 27
« Reply #9 on: May 05, 2012, 02:36:11 AM »
any news yet if it passed yet.
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« Reply #11 on: May 08, 2012, 11:29:12 AM »
usuing the link from srt it looks like its dead till maybe next year.not eneough people cared i guess. bummer    chris
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