Smoging 1974 in california

Asked by Sep 10, 2019 at 01:18 AM about the 1974 Ford F-100

Question type: General

I have an old 1974 f 100 and it is smog exempt i know that for sure. But I have
always wondered if i were to completely gut parts of the car and put new parts
in it would i have to smog it then because it would not pass if i did please help.

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California's smog standards are like most of the US. Pre 1976 model year vehicles are exempt, and that applies to the car; not necessarily to the engine. You may install whatever drive train you want in your pre-1976 vehicle and you're smog exempt. I have a friend who has an early 60" Impala SS and has a modern corvette engine in it. He doesn't have to mess with smog..... You can go the DMV website and they'll explain it in legalese.

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We Californians have to stick together; even if it does get us sweaty.

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