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Passing CA emmisions with 78 308

Discussion in 'California & Nevada (Northern)' started by jpl, Sep 2, 2007.

  1. jpl

    jpl Formula Junior

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    I am contemplating moving from Texas to the Sacramento area. I have an older 78 308 (carb) Ferrari that I brought down from Canada with me when relocating from Canada to Texas. I have since licensed the car in Texas and am now looking to a possible move to the Sacramento area. The car runs fine, my real question is....do I sell the car here in Texas and buy something when I get to CA that will easily pass the tough CA emmisions tests, or will I be able to pass with my existing car. Just how tough are the CA emmisions tests?

    Thanks in advance.
    JP
     
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  3. smg2

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    very tough, and if your car doesn't have a CARB or california emissions sticker it'll be even harder.
     
  4. sjvalin

    sjvalin Formula Junior

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    I would have loved to have bought an early carbed 308, especially fiberglass. However, I swore that I would never smog a carbed car again due to pass hassles with british cars, so opted for a 308 QV. It's likely your 308 is missing the smog equipment and will fail the visual inspection, let alone the tail pipe test.

    I would sell the '78 and get an '84 or '85 QV. Or stick to 1975 and earlier cars.

    -steve

     
  5. jpl

    jpl Formula Junior

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    Thanks for the answers, I actually still have the air pump etc, just no belt, so it would be easy to add the belt. Problem is that this was my first and I really don't want to sell it. If I do, It would be to upgrade to a 355. Is there a spec I could test for, to see if I pass before actually getting there?
     
  6. jraken

    jraken Karting
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    I did not have a problem smogging my '77 308 with its stock thermoreactor... I just drove up to one of those test stations without any preparing... it passed right away... no problems! That was about 2 years ago. The car was brought into California from Oregon at that point.
     
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  8. jpl

    jpl Formula Junior

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    Thanks for the positive comments. At least now I know it's not impossible or un-heard of.
     
  9. Perfusion

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    It's possible. My '79 GT4 passed when the previous owner was selling to me. It took some tuning, but it can be done.
     
  10. gearheadken

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    Just passed S.F. Bay Area smog with my '78 308. Had to re-core cats first though.
     
  11. ShopBoy87

    ShopBoy87 Karting

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    As others have already stated, it may take a little effort but I can guarantee the car will pass. If you bring it with you in your relocation and can't get it to pass yourself then PM me and I'll provide you with contact information for the shop I work at(which is in Sacramento) that will get the car passed legally. We've had plenty of experience in getting late '70's - 80's Ferrari's and Maseratis through smog. Best of luck....
     
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  13. slewman

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    Is your 308 a euro version ?

    The car may have to go to the state referee station.
     
  14. jpl

    jpl Formula Junior

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    Thanks for additional info. No the car is a US car that was originally from Arizona, then moved to Key Largo, then Ottawa Canada and now back down to Houston. The last two cities with me. We plan on moving in the Feb/March time, as long as the home prices keep dropping. I will PM later as I get closer to actually moving. Thanks again for the assistance.
     
  15. bernardo66

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    Wow JP!!! Whatcha doin' in Texas???
     
  16. Rosso328

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    jpl, I think you can relax. The previous comments pretty much cover it, but let me add this one last bump.

    I moved from Toronto to Monterey six years ago. Right before I left TO, I had both my cars (not Ferrari's at that point, just regular drivers) checked on the Ontario Drive Clean program. Once I got here, both had to be taken to a referee station for smog check, not to mention CHP inspection because they came from out of country. Drug sniffing dogs and all that. Bottom line, both passed with flying colours. When I got home, I looked at the details on the emissions test results.

    California has this great reputation as being soooo tough to pass emissions tests. Not so. Ontario's standards were tighter. If your 308 passed OK in Ottawa, I don't think you have much to worry about in Sacramento.

    By the way... Welcome to California in advance!!!!
     
  17. jpl

    jpl Formula Junior

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    Bernardo,

    I have been in Texas since June of 06, and now planning to head to California in March of 08. Just testin the waters.
     
  18. jpl

    jpl Formula Junior

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    Rosso 328,

    Thanks for the kind words. I never had a problem passing the Ontario tests, so I guess I should be reasonably safe. After Rock fixed it up, it has driven so much better than in the past, so I am feeling better about keeping the car.

    As it's a US car initially I am hoping I won't have to jump through too many hoops. Does this also mean that my BMW X3 and Z4 must also be sent to a referee station. Oh and I have a 37 ft Class A as well.

    regards,
    JP
     
  19. MufflerMan

    MufflerMan Formula 3

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    Any carburated car is hard to get through smog in Ca. The good news is if it's running properly a lot of times all you need is a Catalytic Converter as someone else mentioned. PM me if I can help.
     

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