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Dallas EPA/DOT info requested

Discussion in 'Texas' started by jwise, Mar 25, 2004.

  1. jwise

    jwise Formula Junior

    Apr 2, 2003
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    Howdy-
    I bought a Euro 308 from a guy in Dallas. In the owners manual, there are hand-written notes mentioning the conversion over to US specs being done at a place called "Texas Coach". This would have been done in 1984 or so. Anybody ever heard of them?

    I did a google search and came up empty.


    I'm hoping maybe there is some paperwork somewhere.

    Thanks in advance
     
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  3. ralfabco

    ralfabco Two Time F1 World Champ
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    A lot of those so called conversion shops closed after the government required more detailed paperwork of the conversion.

    There are people who have cars with correct paperwork. These cars
    have very little done to modify the cars to US Specs. TinoBoxer claimed
    his beautiful car had NOTHING done. It had the correct paperwork though.
     
  4. BigTex

    BigTex Seven Time F1 World Champ
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    You may need to find Richard Merritt's (DOT) phone number.

    What year is it? After 25 years, in Texas cars are exempt from smog check but you're gonna have to get state title for your five digit VIN.

    I hope your cars that old! How wqas it described in your Bill of sale, "DOT Certified"????
     
  5. AnotherDunneDeal

    AnotherDunneDeal F1 Veteran

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    If you contact Mike Luongo at Lamborghini of Dallas he may know the shop you are asking about. He used to do conversions many years ago before he was a Ferrari/Maserati master tech. Now he does the work at Lambo.
     
  6. icars

    icars Formula Junior

    Mar 28, 2002
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    Rodney Haas
    Actually sounds like it might have been the fellow who was around the corner from me on Goodnight Lane.

    There was a fellow who did "conversions" on Grey Market cars. This type of business went away when the shut down the Grey Market car trade. They used to bring in cars from Germany and Italy that they purchased used and "convert" to us Spec.

    Most of the cars had very little to nothing done. Some had headlight conversions.

    I owned an office Condo and the fellow in the office next to me used to do "inspections" Basically the Grey Market car guy would buy him a six pack and pass...
     
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  8. ralfabco

    ralfabco Two Time F1 World Champ
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    The good old days. It is very complex to do it today. There is EPA lab paperwork required. All kinds of forms. Bonds have to be posted. The shops performing the conversions are not the end of the process. The funny thing is when you speak to some of the gov't people up the chain. They have different answers. One lady was very cautious, while she was telling me that it was possible the car had to be checked around the tires for soil contamination. Then another inspector told me that was not really a problem. If you are ever serious about importing a car, it is best to find a professional broker.

    Of course this was not the thread. It is F chat though. LOL
     
  9. jwise

    jwise Formula Junior

    Apr 2, 2003
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    Portland Maine
    Thanks for the help folks.
    I have had no problem registering the car here in Maine, but I'm thinking about the next owner.

    I do have a title for the car, so that is fine.
     

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