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Offline ta78w72

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Re: 1978 CA Firebird drivetrain offerings
« Reply #45 on: February 15, 2010, 02:06:45 PM »
Well, the air quality was really, really bad in the mid sixties.  My first experience with severe smog was in 1963 in Los Angeles.  I remember my eyes watering and I wondered how anyone could live in L.A.  The SF bay area wasn't as bad at that time.  I'm either used to it by now, or the air quality is better.

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Re: 1978 CA Firebird drivetrain offerings
« Reply #46 on: February 15, 2010, 02:20:40 PM »
Well the air quality is far better. I don't remember if there were any smog alerts this last summer, but in the late 60's and early 70's it was all summer, plus, the number of people and cars is much higher now than it was then.

A lot has to do with geography too. There's always a breeze in the Bay Area and the smog just blows away, like it never existed. LA on the other-hand is a bowl opening to the ocean so the pollution gets trapped. Same goes for Phoenix.

Oh that law. I guess if you bought a '76 or newer TA thinking it would be exempt some day soon, you would be pissed off. I never thought the State would let people start taking their catalytic converters off so I always knew I'd have to pass.
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Re: 1978 CA Firebird drivetrain offerings
« Reply #47 on: February 15, 2010, 09:51:03 PM »
Emissions for vehicles in the 70's WAS needed.  Today, there are very few 1970's vehicles remaining ...or 60's come to think of it.  25 newer cars probably emit fewer emissions than a single car from the 70's, hence, why air quality is much better. 

Emissions testing should die a natural death.  It's served it's usefulness.  Now it's simply a hindrance to automotive enthusiasts.  Period.
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Re: 1978 CA Firebird drivetrain offerings
« Reply #48 on: February 18, 2010, 10:42:30 PM »
I know of a 78 ta with smog compliant 403 for sale at a good price. Its a daily driver with auto trans and no rust or bondo. Just in case your customer is interested.