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Hello From Southern California


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Hello! I'm from Orange County California. I've been a native Orange County Resident from birth back in the 1960s. I learned how to drive in my dad's 1959 Ford F100 and 1962 Rambler Classic. Both have the standard 3 speed transmissions. The Ford 223 six was retrofitted with a "State Approved" PCV Valve while the Rambler 196 cast iron OHV six came factory equipped with a closed crankcase PCV system per regional regulations. I hope to get those vehicles back on the road once finances allow me to.



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Welcome aboard. You learned to drive on a manual trans. vehicle.
Most of the younger kids only know one trans an automatic.
Does California still require all the emissions even on the older vehicles?? Sorry about that.
Enjoy the forum, check out the tech section it contains a lot of great info.


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Welcome to the Ford Six forums mystere, as a Calif. native (until end of 2013) yes I also remember those state mandated PCV systems for the older cars back then. Some of those kits were quite crudely installed, my dads 1956 F100 223 had one too. Good luck on your two projects it's great that you were able to hang on to them all these years.


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Thanks for the welcome guys! I have no problem answering the question about the older vehicles being required to be checked for smog devices. I can tell you if you own a 1976 and later model vehicle, it needs to be checked every 2 years. It must meet the requirements for the California model year of the vehicle first, and the engine must be the same model year or newer. If the engine is a newer model year than the vehicle, it must meet the newer model year standard as well. For example, if you have a 1976 Ford truck with a 1992 model Ford engine, the Ford truck must also have the proper smog devices for the 1992 model California Ford engine installed. I learned this when I happened to see someone at a smog place fail a check when her 1978 Honda Accord had a 1981 Honda engine in it. The 78 California Accord was not originally equipped with a Catalytic Converter when it came from the factory. (My dad bought an Accord brand new in 1978 for this reason.) The couple who had their Accord fitted with a later model engine was told that they needed a leaded fuel restrictor and catalytic converter installed to pass the visual part of the smog inspection.

I also dealt with a retrofit issue in 1995 when I inherited a 1968 Ford F100 pickup from my uncle when he passed away. His truck already had the California Smog Controls required in 1968, but did not have any retrofits for NOx controls required for 1971 and later California vehicles. I was forced to have the truck's vacuum advance disconnected and plugged to meet the NOx control retrofit requirement. I later found out I could have a better performance ignition retrofit done instead to meet the NOx retrofit requirements or rely on an exemption of inheriting the vehicle between family members. I reconnected the vacuum hoses and installed a better coil to pass future smog checks until California exempted 1975 and earlier vehicles from smog checks.

The other 2 vehicles (the 62 Rambler and the 59 Ford F100) were never required to be inspected when the smog check program started in the mid 1980s. Had my dad decided to transfer the titles or sell the vehicles back then, then he would have been required to have them fitted for NOx controls as well, and prove that the retrofit kit on his 59 F100 was still in good condition. The Rambler's valve cover would have gotten butchered in the same manner as the Ford's cover was, to force heated air into the carburetor to control smog emissions.