Here’s great news for California car enthusiasts that would like to install an aftermarket fuel-injection system on their 1976-’80 car to produce smoother, cleaner horsepower but can’t because California’s archaic smog laws are wrapped up in a bureaucracy that demands obsolete emissions systems remain in place. One can only guess what California politicians motives are that fail to recognize automotive technology has moved forward in the last 40 years.
On April 19, 2016, legislation introduced by Senator Ted Gaines bill SB 1239 to exempt all motor vehicles prior to the 1981 model year from the emissions inspection requirement was approved by the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee on a narrow 6-5 vote. Current law requires the lifetime testing of all 1976 and newer model-year vehicles. The Appropriations Committee will next consider the bill.
The typical California citizen doesn’t drive a 40- to 36-year old 1976-’80 vehicle for daily transportation to commute to and from work or school. Dedicated automotive enthusiasts collect vehicles 36-40 years of age and would like to improve the overall cosmetic, and operating condition of their cars by upgrading with modern aftermarket ignition and fuel delivery systems. These aftermarket options deliver better fuel economy, and consequently decrease smog emissions through better fuel combustion and less engine oil consumption.
This recent news is good, but don’t assume the battle for California auto enthusiasts is over. Please visit members of the Senate Standing Committee on Appropriations Committee website and ask their support for SB 1239.