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Monday, June 30, 2014

question about catalytic converter in California

my friend is moving to california and someone told him he will be required to put a cat on his 1966 mustang. he found out by a dealer it never had one since they didnt require them until the 70s. the person he knows said that he had a classic car also and they failed his emissions since he didnt have a converter on them.

my question is will they make him put a converter on his car since it didnt have one through factory? wouldnt it be a risk of causing a fire since it hasnt had one? i have heard that also before. thanks

4 comments:

  1. Any vehicle 1975 and older is exempt from California smog regulations. Technically, if it had a Cat from the factory, then it needs one. It also depends on the county he's moving to - some are smog exempt - some require dyno testing. Here's the official smog site:

    https://www.dmv.ca.gov/vr/smog.htm & then go to https://www.dmv.ca.gov/vr/smogfaq.htm#BM2536

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  2. he was afraid he might get into a lawsuit with the state or whatever from it. he is already saying he wont put a cat on it because it will ruin the value of it since its then an aftermarket part and it wasnt made for that vehicle.

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  3. In California, no emissions testing is required for cars older than 1975.

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  4. in ireland you have a CAT unless it is insured as classic car (also before 1975). but laws are crazy here for cars, as of next year you can't insure a car older than 10 years, and that is crazy, exemptions for classics, but nuts

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