Monday, January 27, 2014

Ms. SWAN Passed her Smog Test!

Barely squeaked by the 25MPH test with 83ppm HC, vs a max allowed of 83ppm.

The 15MPH test passed with 111ppm vs 130ppm max allowed.

NOx went from 674ppm to 536ppm at 15MPH, and from 569ppm to 459ppm at 25MPH.

Then I drove her down to AAA, filled out and signed the "open" title, coughed up $285, and drove out of there with a valid "temporary" registration card.

The permanent registration card and title should follow in "5 to 9 business days" according to the rep at the AAA.

And then in April, when the tags expire, I get to cough up another $200 or so (based on last registration), but I should be OK with the smog test until 2016.

One thing I immediately noticed as I drove to the smog place this afternoon was how much smoother she ran, so changing the plugs and "fixing" the air leak at the throttle body definitely helped.

AFAIK, she has the original, 29 year old, 167,000 mile, catalytic converter on her, so I'll look into getting a replacement to have "in stock" for when she has to get smog tested again.

But as of today, she's **OFFICIALLY** mine!

12 comments:

  1. What a friggin hassle. Hey, North Florida isn't all that far away....come on down. You'd be welcomed with a smile.

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  2. Yeah, we both really want to move out of the chicken-shit state, but we're stuck here for another three years until the mrs retires.

    Then.....BOOM! We're OUTTA HERE!

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  3. Arizona has wonderful climate and infinitely better than Kali'stan smog regulations. TBH and I would LOVE to have you and yours as neighbors!

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  4. Thank you both for the "warm" welcomes, but I have a feeling the mrs will want to head for Fort Collins, as that's where her youngest and his girlfriend live, and she wants to be close to spoil the grandkids when they start coming!

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  5. Somebody needs to celebrate with an adult beverage!

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  6. Congrats! Alaska used to have the California-based smog test, but dropped it two years ago. No inspections required. It's a fact that 90% of the pollution came from pre-1974 autos, and there aren't many of them on the road anymore. But good on ya for finding & fixing the leaks. Woohoo!

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    1. Pre-1975 (dawn of the Catalytic Converter Age) is exempt out here, which is why the prices on those cars has skyrocketed over the last few years.

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    1. Oh, yeah!

      No more driving with "one eye over my shoulder"!

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  8. I hope 2014 proves to be a good year for you and yours.

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  9. It is beyond absurd that a car that old isn't smog exempt. Here in WA State I was able to pass smog with a 305 ci SBC with a carb that can be (de)tuned in a '85 Olds Cutlass Supreme. After the 2nd V6 shit the bed (more expensive to replace than the 305) I went to the Chev. Here in (relatively) Free America if it passes the emissions test all that other stuff is irrelevant. Now that it's over 25 yrs old it's exempt. Oh, and I don't have to beg the G_d d@mned govt to own a gun either. You have my deepest sympathies at living in a Communist country.
    _revjen45

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    1. Yeah, it's a real PITA at times. There aren't very many 1985 Supras on the road any more, and those that are still running are generally either pretty well taken care of, or in the process of being restored.

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