How To Pass Emmissions Testing

    Smogging an Old Truck

    Fred WilliamsPhotographer, Writer

    If you live where there is no smog testing, this story will either bore you or humor you with all the crap we have to deal with. If you live in a smog-check state like us, all we can say is good luck, it’s a pain if you own an old truck, maybe start looking for property in one of those less stringent states.

    Our ’79 Ford F-150 known as BluFerd unfortunately misses the 1975 cutoff for no smog testing in California. Because we bought it out of state, many of the smog parts had been removed, but we wanted to drive it, so we decided to see just how much work is required to bring it up to spec. We admit that clean air is good, but as these vehicles age, the required smog components get harder and harder to find in working order, and few are being reproduced. We wish our state would go back to a rolling 20- to 25-year-old smog life, but that doesn’t seem likely any time soon.

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