Honestly I don't know. Being California and all of there rules, this is something I would recommend you look in to prior to purchasing this vehicle. The vehicle is registered as a diesel and that is shown on the title. It may be worth a call to the DMV and see what they have to say.
Was the diesel taken from a CA registered truck? Otherwise if the engine serial number doesn’t match existing CA DMV records or the vehicle is ‘84 or older it’s no going to pass AIr research board (ARB). Just thought since it was converted in CA you might have found a loop hole.
Have a read here and draw your own conclusions. I have several local Cruiser guys who have done Diesel Conversions into their Pre 97 80 series Cruisers without issue and all are fully tagged in CA . There is a lot of miss information and confusion which is why I say draw your own conclusion but I would say it is very possible and from what I have seen it is actually pretty simple by CA standards.
Hey all if got an 82 chevy k20 im wanting to swap a diesel into to get rid of having to smog it. Ive got a line on a 4bt but was told it would never get passed the referree. Anyone got any insight on this swap. Thanks in advance
I’m not sure where they are getting the information from but CA is no smog for ‘75 or older petrol, ‘85 or older for diesel. The only way you can swap to diesel is if it’s a diesel CA vehicle with CA emissions installed. I’ve had several lengthy conversations with CA ARB, DMV, and CHP. The loop hole is if you keep a vehicle in a divorce, active military transfer, purchased as a replacement for a totaled or stollen vehicle while out of state.
CA does not follow the 25 year grandfather law. It’s not possible to retrofit any vehicle with in 2 years of new to be CA compliant. Any other compliance has to pass testing in SF,CA at the owners expense. It’s costly and often not possible to pass smog.
So my understanding is that if it’s not a CA built diesel it’s going to exceed any value in trying to make it work.
1997 and older diesels dont need smog....so CARB doesnt apply. take Utah diesel title to dmv...and it will get registered as a diesel. Lady at desk will send u to a lineup for inspection which is simply to verify that the motor is a diesel. Pull forward.....pop hood....inspector verifies clackety-clack and i.p. And he checks the diesel box on his paperwork from inside.
current calif.vehicles reg'd in the cali system swapping to diesel suffer a host of problems vs out of state "bring ins". Notably having to use a diesel from the same class vehicle.
That's great info. Thank you for clarifying. Registering it in utah as a diesel was easy. Told the lady at the DMV that it was converted to a diesel. She changed it in the system, and i gave them my old title. They mailed me a new one that says it's a diesel.