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Re: Engine change

Keith Murphy
 

FYI



Links to BAR approved aftermarket parts

The Bureau of Automotive Repair has approved engine swaps and aftermarket parts which are licensed to be used on CA vehicles - they have to meet “laboratory”  test requirements and be labeled by BAR.

Like my now sold 1981 AMC with 4.2L 6 cyl engine, there is a BAR approved fuel injection system to swap in place of the 40 year old 2 barrel stepper motor carburetor and some of the emissions accessories that it uses  - but you can’t just slam on any fuel injection you want and naively assume your swap is sanctioned, matters not that tail pipe tests look ok, its all the “laboratory” testing of the specific fuel injection kit that had to be assessed mounted on the AMC 6 cyl engine specifically - that’s the rub.
Same goes for the Subaru engine swap into VW’s - it’s a specific approval, you would have to apply to BAR to put the exact same  Subaru conversion into a Corvair van for  instance, and if you change the model of approved Subaru engine for one not approved, like a turbo 6 cylinder Subaru, you will have to run the bureaucratic gauntlet to get that specific 6cyl engine “laboratory” tested - now everyone else after you will slap you on the back and thank you for spending all your $ to make that engine swap legal in CA.



On Jun 9, 2021, at 11:21 AM, Matthew Spielberg <mspielberg@...> wrote:



I also like the fact that the State has approved that engine swap, and that there is an outside company (which makes the swap kit) that needs to preserve their reputation that the swap will work, and is smog legal.


On 6/8/2021 6:55 PM, Michael Rhea via groups.io wrote:
A note on Subaru engines. The 2.2engine is so much more reliable than the 2.5 engine No head gasket issues I have had many 2.2 Subarus all have gone over 300,000miles. I would go with the 2.2.  Mimr


On Tue, Jun 8, 2021 at 2:33 PM, Craig Parada

No problem, until it is. This is from 2003, and the State has learned a few things since then. 


On Jun 8, 2021, at 10:59, Matthew Spielberg <mspielberg@...> wrote:



Someone that I know has a vehicle registered in Montana. A company, for a fee of less than $1000 formed a Montana LLC, registered the vehicle to the corporation, and mailed him the plates.

As I recall (memory may be faulty), the reason that folks are registering motor homes in Montana is that it is cheap. As I recall no sales or use tax, and registration may not have to be renewed.

https://www.49dollarmontanaregisteredagent.com/montana-vehicle-registration/renewal

Motorhomes are not a problem with the issue of "where does the vehicle reside", since, by nature, they are mobile.

This is done as a matter of course with motorhomes which are big and fancy and expensive to register in California.

Your results may vary.


On 6/8/2021 9:57 AM, Geoff Kirkpatrick via groups.io wrote:
I don't know the ins and outs of dealing with the smog referees, but I know that having the car registered in your name in a different state won't enable it to be registered here if it's non-compliant. If you own property in Oregon, your best bet might be to simply keep it registered there. Although, it is technically illegal to keep an out-of-state registered car in CA permanently without registering it here, so that's not a foolproof solution either.

Geoff K.
-- 
Matthew M Spielberg
21855 Redwood Road
Castro Valley, CA 94546
(510) 886-5751
(209) 586-0250
-- 
Matthew M Spielberg
21855 Redwood Road
Castro Valley, CA 94546
(510) 886-5751
(209) 586-0250


Re: I seldom have posted directly to this group. One time I did resulted in me selling my Singer Roadster and my beloved '66 VW 23 window sunroof bus I'd owned for 32 years

Larry Sacks
 

I know someone who might be interested but he is asking if you can clarify what you mean by ‘you’re willing to pay for the work?’   

“My shop rate is $85 per hour.  I can sometimes lower it a bit.”  If that price fits his budget, I have more questions.  



On Tue, Jun 8, 2021 at 10:06 PM Stephen Cooper <oobowls@...> wrote:
Well, it time for me to ask for help.  As some of you are aware, I became the first man in the world to drive 4000 miles across the USA in a 4 door, 3 wheel, 2 cylinder, 1 headlight Chinese car in June 2014.  While I was doing that, my friend Luke was in the process of driving around the world in a 20's car.  When he got back I interviewed him and posted the interview on YouTube under the title "he drove 16,000 miles in a westerly direction".  You can find it today if you merely type that into Google.  Anyway, the reason for my post tonight is to try to find a mechanic who would enjoy working on some of the weirdest cars around.  None of the shops who profess to work on "foreign cars" will work on anything that is not listed in Pep-boys parts catalogue. 

So, even though Dick Tuttle has the smallest car in the world, (I've toured the Isle of Man twice), I have no less than 4 Chinese built cars, one 3 wheeled Reliant Rialto, one MG Midget, 2 Smart car convertibles (a 2013 gas and a 2014 electric), my 1970 VW single cab pickup which I bought in October '84 with 68k miles on it. (it just turned a bit over 100k miles) and the motor has never been touched aside from valve adjustments every 3k miles/ditto oil changes.  I've had my '87 Honda Helix scooter since 2009 and now it has all of 7500 miles on it. My 2 Miles ZX40 LSV electric cars are on non-op since all 12 AGM lead acid batteries gave up back in 2012.  I still have my red Miata with the shark's teeth in front, albeit the car is red/white/blue stripes since it carried Uncle Sam in the 2018 San Jose 4th of July parade. The video of that featuring the Car Guy interviewing me can be found on You Tube also. My luxurious Chrysler Town and Country took my cat and I to 9 states and up to the Canadian  border back in June 2017. (he did not have his passport so we could not enter).

I just finished 6 days of touring Marin and Mendocino counties in 1915 and 1925 Model T Fords last week.  Last month we toured through Yosemite and you have not lived until you've been served prime rib in the Ahwahnee Hotel in a cardboard box and eaten it with plastic silverware..........definitely an experience to remember.

Now back to the reason for my lengthy post.  I'm searching for the old fashioned mechanic who would love to work on peculiar vehicles because he loves things mechanical and would enjoy finding ways to do something with vehicles you cannot jog down to pep-boys to obtain parts.  I am totally willing to PAY for the work, I'm not looking for a handout.  Just someone who loves mechanic-ing.

My 2012 Chinese car's rubber fuel line has rotted away, and the door sealing rubbers have shrunk and the thin thin paint has rusted off the roof.
My 2009 Chinese car's headlights went out and so the electric wiring and Chinese fuses led me to parking that in a garage years ago.
My 1984 Reliant Rialto apparently blew a head gasket a few years ago so its also stored in a garage........I really do miss driving that car!  It won a 3' tall perpetual  trophy for Best of Show in May 2013 in Yorkshire, England where I bought it and shipped it here later that year.
My 1970 long bed VW truck's bed has rusted away and needs either replacement metal welded in OR a nice sheet of diamond plate aluminum fastened securely over the original bed on top and down in the storage compartment underneath the main bed.
The 2007 and 2011 Miles electric cars each only have about 1200 miles apiece on them, but all they need is new batteries.  They too are stored indoors since 2012.
The 1996 Miata was purchased in '98 with 22k miles and it now has all of 60k miles........it needs a fresh red/white/blue striped paint job.
 Okay, I'll probably get chewed out for this long winded post, but just put it down to my 2nd or 3rd post since the inception of the Arcane group got started.

Oh, one last important thing..............I'm looking hard and fast for a utility trailer / car hauler with which I can transport a 108 year old car that weighs about 1500 lbs.  An Aluma 6 x 12 would do since those only weigh about 650 lbs,  but anything under 1000 lbs would work also.  An covered trailer would be far better, but the higher weight would negate my ability to pull it with my 4 liter V6 Minivan..

UNLESS there is someone in the Society who has a trailer I could borrow when I need to take my cars on tours .............:-)

oobowls signing off.


Re: Engine change

Matthew Spielberg
 

I also like the fact that the State has approved that engine swap, and that there is an outside company (which makes the swap kit) that needs to preserve their reputation that the swap will work, and is smog legal.


On 6/8/2021 6:55 PM, Michael Rhea via groups.io wrote:
A note on Subaru engines. The 2.2engine is so much more reliable than the 2.5 engine No head gasket issues I have had many 2.2 Subarus all have gone over 300,000miles. I would go with the 2.2.  Mimr


On Tue, Jun 8, 2021 at 2:33 PM, Craig Parada

No problem, until it is. This is from 2003, and the State has learned a few things since then. 


On Jun 8, 2021, at 10:59, Matthew Spielberg <mspielberg@...> wrote:



Someone that I know has a vehicle registered in Montana. A company, for a fee of less than $1000 formed a Montana LLC, registered the vehicle to the corporation, and mailed him the plates.

As I recall (memory may be faulty), the reason that folks are registering motor homes in Montana is that it is cheap. As I recall no sales or use tax, and registration may not have to be renewed.

https://www.49dollarmontanaregisteredagent.com/montana-vehicle-registration/renewal

Motorhomes are not a problem with the issue of "where does the vehicle reside", since, by nature, they are mobile.

This is done as a matter of course with motorhomes which are big and fancy and expensive to register in California.

Your results may vary.


On 6/8/2021 9:57 AM, Geoff Kirkpatrick via groups.io wrote:
I don't know the ins and outs of dealing with the smog referees, but I know that having the car registered in your name in a different state won't enable it to be registered here if it's non-compliant. If you own property in Oregon, your best bet might be to simply keep it registered there. Although, it is technically illegal to keep an out-of-state registered car in CA permanently without registering it here, so that's not a foolproof solution either.

Geoff K.
-- 
Matthew M Spielberg
21855 Redwood Road
Castro Valley, CA 94546
(510) 886-5751
(209) 586-0250
-- 
Matthew M Spielberg
21855 Redwood Road
Castro Valley, CA 94546
(510) 886-5751
(209) 586-0250


Re: VW bus Engine change

Tom Rymes
 

What matters is where the vehicle is garaged, not where it's registered or where one owns property. If you have a place in Montana and the vehicle is normally in Montana, then it should be registered in Montana. If you bring it to CA, that's actually 100% fine, but be prepared to show that it hasn't been there over 30 days. Toll Receipts, preferably those that capture the plate number, like an EZPass statement, would probably work, perhaps photographic evidence, printouts of Facebook posts, who knows.

Your brother essentially argued the wrong thing, namely that he owns property in Montana, which is irrelevant. He needed to argue that the car hadn't been in California for more than 30 days. Most people with Montana plates cannot do this without perjuring themselves, needless to say.

Commercial vehicles work around this issue by use of apportioned plates.

Tom

On 06/09/2021 1:45 PM, Byron Brill wrote:
My brother has a place in Montana and in 2019 bought and registered his new pickup there. A CHP pulled him over in CA shortly after he brought it back here to CA and cited him for having an out of state vehicle in CA for more than thirty days. He took It to court and despite proving his Montana property and vehicle ownership, was socked with the full CA excise tax on the value of the new truck.
Out of state registration is little help these days.
Byron
-----Original Message-----
From: ArcaneAutos@groups.io <ArcaneAutos@groups.io> On Behalf Of Dale
Sent: Tuesday, June 8, 2021 8:17 AM
To: ArcaneAutos@groups.io
Subject: Re: [ArcaneAutos] VW bus Engine change
In re to Subaru engine change: I’ve been seeing a lot of people use the Montana method of registration.
Form a LLC up there and then register your vehicles in MT. A lot of motorhomes seem to use that.
There are websites dedicated to this operation. Anybody know more?
I got a VT registration(thru the mail) for a 250cc motorcycle and then a nice, clean CA. title.
Costs you a few bucks in taxes & fees, though….
Works for cars also…
Dale


Re: I seldom have posted directly to this group. One time I did resulted in me selling my Singer Roadster and my beloved '66 VW 23 window sunroof bus I'd owned for 32 years

Matthew Spielberg
 

Stephen, one of the joys / horrors of the Arcane car is that most folks are not in this for the money, and recognize that it takes a bit of a nut to spend big bucks on a car which had little or no value when new, and with few exceptions, are not good "investments".

You have some simple problems, and some not simple problems.

The Chinese car with the single non-working headlight is one quick afternoon and very few dollars. The rotted fuel line on the other car is also a simple fix, with Pep Boys parts.

The Rialto takes more time, and you have to be able to supply the new head gasket and associated parts...and you have to be prepared to remove the head to find that the problem is not the head gasket. If you are lucky, you remove the head, have it surfaced and a valve job done by almost any automotive machine shop, and put it back together.

As to paint on the Chinese car...unless the car brings you joy, you have to do a value analysis. What is the car worth on the open market with bad paint, and what is the car worth on the open market with good paint. And then you make decisions.

The Miles electrics are a different story. Miles declared bankruptcy, parts and support disappeared.  AGM batteries are available at a cost. And then you have to take an unemotional look at what you have when you are finished. But from a dollars and cents point of view, you have to look at whether a perfect car with new batteries can either "bring you joy" or bring you dollars upon resale.

You may be in luck on the VW front. They are actually in demand, and body parts are available. If you "restore" the thing you could have the pleasure of driving it, and then passing it on to a new owner and perhaps even get your investment back.

The Miata: I love them, but Edmunds says that the value ranges from $445 to $2223. But you would have a hard time getting a decent paint job for less than $1500.

On 6/8/2021 10:06 PM, Stephen Cooper wrote:
Well, it time for me to ask for help. 

  I'm searching for the old fashioned mechanic who would love to work on peculiar vehicles because he loves things mechanical and would enjoy finding ways to do something with vehicles you cannot jog down to pep-boys to obtain parts.  I am totally willing to PAY for the work, I'm not looking for a handout.  Just someone who loves mechanic-ing.

My 2012 Chinese car's rubber fuel line has rotted away, and the door sealing rubbers have shrunk and the thin thin paint has rusted off the roof.
My 2009 Chinese car's headlights went out and so the electric wiring and Chinese fuses led me to parking that in a garage years ago.
My 1984 Reliant Rialto apparently blew a head gasket a few years ago so its also stored in a garage........I really do miss driving that car!
My 1970 long bed VW truck's bed has rusted away and needs either replacement metal welded in OR a nice sheet of diamond plate aluminum fastened securely over the original bed on top and down in the storage compartment underneath the main bed.

The 2007 and 2011 Miles electric cars each only have about 1200 miles apiece on them, but all they need is new batteries.  They too are stored indoors since 2012.
The 1996 Miata was purchased in '98 with 22k miles and it now has all of 60k miles........it needs a fresh red/white/blue striped paint job.
 

oobowls signing off.
-- 
Matthew M Spielberg
21855 Redwood Road
Castro Valley, CA 94546
(510) 886-5751
(209) 586-0250


Re: VW bus Engine change

Byron Brill
 

My brother has a place in Montana and in 2019 bought and registered his new pickup there. A CHP pulled him over in CA shortly after he brought it back here to CA and cited him for having an out of state vehicle in CA for more than thirty days. He took It to court and despite proving his Montana property and vehicle ownership, was socked with the full CA excise tax on the value of the new truck.

Out of state registration is little help these days.

Byron

-----Original Message-----
From: ArcaneAutos@groups.io <ArcaneAutos@groups.io> On Behalf Of Dale
Sent: Tuesday, June 8, 2021 8:17 AM
To: ArcaneAutos@groups.io
Subject: Re: [ArcaneAutos] VW bus Engine change

In re to Subaru engine change: I’ve been seeing a lot of people use the Montana method of registration.
Form a LLC up there and then register your vehicles in MT. A lot of motorhomes seem to use that.
There are websites dedicated to this operation. Anybody know more?
I got a VT registration(thru the mail) for a 250cc motorcycle and then a nice, clean CA. title.
Costs you a few bucks in taxes & fees, though….
Works for cars also…
Dale


Re: I seldom have posted directly to this group. One time I did resulted in me selling my Singer Roadster and my beloved '66 VW 23 window sunroof bus I'd owned for 32 years

Keith Murphy
 

You need a museum curator with skill set of a fabricator, painter, mechanic, machinist , please post a yearly salary, and do say if you offer medical and dental, are you progressive  union shop?




On Jun 8, 2021, at 10:06 PM, Stephen Cooper <oobowls@...> wrote:

Well, it time for me to ask for help.  As some of you are aware, I became the first man in the world to drive 4000 miles across the USA in a 4 door, 3 wheel, 2 cylinder, 1 headlight Chinese car in June 2014.  While I was doing that, my friend Luke was in the process of driving around the world in a 20's car.  When he got back I interviewed him and posted the interview on YouTube under the title "he drove 16,000 miles in a westerly direction".  You can find it today if you merely type that into Google.  Anyway, the reason for my post tonight is to try to find a mechanic who would enjoy working on some of the weirdest cars around.  None of the shops who profess to work on "foreign cars" will work on anything that is not listed in Pep-boys parts catalogue. 

So, even though Dick Tuttle has the smallest car in the world, (I've toured the Isle of Man twice), I have no less than 4 Chinese built cars, one 3 wheeled Reliant Rialto, one MG Midget, 2 Smart car convertibles (a 2013 gas and a 2014 electric), my 1970 VW single cab pickup which I bought in October '84 with 68k miles on it. (it just turned a bit over 100k miles) and the motor has never been touched aside from valve adjustments every 3k miles/ditto oil changes.  I've had my '87 Honda Helix scooter since 2009 and now it has all of 7500 miles on it. My 2 Miles ZX40 LSV electric cars are on non-op since all 12 AGM lead acid batteries gave up back in 2012.  I still have my red Miata with the shark's teeth in front, albeit the car is red/white/blue stripes since it carried Uncle Sam in the 2018 San Jose 4th of July parade. The video of that featuring the Car Guy interviewing me can be found on You Tube also. My luxurious Chrysler Town and Country took my cat and I to 9 states and up to the Canadian  border back in June 2017. (he did not have his passport so we could not enter).

I just finished 6 days of touring Marin and Mendocino counties in 1915 and 1925 Model T Fords last week.  Last month we toured through Yosemite and you have not lived until you've been served prime rib in the Ahwahnee Hotel in a cardboard box and eaten it with plastic silverware..........definitely an experience to remember.

Now back to the reason for my lengthy post.  I'm searching for the old fashioned mechanic who would love to work on peculiar vehicles because he loves things mechanical and would enjoy finding ways to do something with vehicles you cannot jog down to pep-boys to obtain parts.  I am totally willing to PAY for the work, I'm not looking for a handout.  Just someone who loves mechanic-ing.

My 2012 Chinese car's rubber fuel line has rotted away, and the door sealing rubbers have shrunk and the thin thin paint has rusted off the roof.
My 2009 Chinese car's headlights went out and so the electric wiring and Chinese fuses led me to parking that in a garage years ago.
My 1984 Reliant Rialto apparently blew a head gasket a few years ago so its also stored in a garage........I really do miss driving that car!  It won a 3' tall perpetual  trophy for Best of Show in May 2013 in Yorkshire, England where I bought it and shipped it here later that year.
My 1970 long bed VW truck's bed has rusted away and needs either replacement metal welded in OR a nice sheet of diamond plate aluminum fastened securely over the original bed on top and down in the storage compartment underneath the main bed.
The 2007 and 2011 Miles electric cars each only have about 1200 miles apiece on them, but all they need is new batteries.  They too are stored indoors since 2012.
The 1996 Miata was purchased in '98 with 22k miles and it now has all of 60k miles........it needs a fresh red/white/blue striped paint job.
 Okay, I'll probably get chewed out for this long winded post, but just put it down to my 2nd or 3rd post since the inception of the Arcane group got started.

Oh, one last important thing..............I'm looking hard and fast for a utility trailer / car hauler with which I can transport a 108 year old car that weighs about 1500 lbs.  An Aluma 6 x 12 would do since those only weigh about 650 lbs,  but anything under 1000 lbs would work also.  An covered trailer would be far better, but the higher weight would negate my ability to pull it with my 4 liter V6 Minivan..

UNLESS there is someone in the Society who has a trailer I could borrow when I need to take my cars on tours .............:-)

oobowls signing off.


I seldom have posted directly to this group. One time I did resulted in me selling my Singer Roadster and my beloved '66 VW 23 window sunroof bus I'd owned for 32 years

Stephen Cooper
 

Well, it time for me to ask for help.  As some of you are aware, I became the first man in the world to drive 4000 miles across the USA in a 4 door, 3 wheel, 2 cylinder, 1 headlight Chinese car in June 2014.  While I was doing that, my friend Luke was in the process of driving around the world in a 20's car.  When he got back I interviewed him and posted the interview on YouTube under the title "he drove 16,000 miles in a westerly direction".  You can find it today if you merely type that into Google.  Anyway, the reason for my post tonight is to try to find a mechanic who would enjoy working on some of the weirdest cars around.  None of the shops who profess to work on "foreign cars" will work on anything that is not listed in Pep-boys parts catalogue. 

So, even though Dick Tuttle has the smallest car in the world, (I've toured the Isle of Man twice), I have no less than 4 Chinese built cars, one 3 wheeled Reliant Rialto, one MG Midget, 2 Smart car convertibles (a 2013 gas and a 2014 electric), my 1970 VW single cab pickup which I bought in October '84 with 68k miles on it. (it just turned a bit over 100k miles) and the motor has never been touched aside from valve adjustments every 3k miles/ditto oil changes.  I've had my '87 Honda Helix scooter since 2009 and now it has all of 7500 miles on it. My 2 Miles ZX40 LSV electric cars are on non-op since all 12 AGM lead acid batteries gave up back in 2012.  I still have my red Miata with the shark's teeth in front, albeit the car is red/white/blue stripes since it carried Uncle Sam in the 2018 San Jose 4th of July parade. The video of that featuring the Car Guy interviewing me can be found on You Tube also. My luxurious Chrysler Town and Country took my cat and I to 9 states and up to the Canadian  border back in June 2017. (he did not have his passport so we could not enter).

I just finished 6 days of touring Marin and Mendocino counties in 1915 and 1925 Model T Fords last week.  Last month we toured through Yosemite and you have not lived until you've been served prime rib in the Ahwahnee Hotel in a cardboard box and eaten it with plastic silverware..........definitely an experience to remember.

Now back to the reason for my lengthy post.  I'm searching for the old fashioned mechanic who would love to work on peculiar vehicles because he loves things mechanical and would enjoy finding ways to do something with vehicles you cannot jog down to pep-boys to obtain parts.  I am totally willing to PAY for the work, I'm not looking for a handout.  Just someone who loves mechanic-ing.

My 2012 Chinese car's rubber fuel line has rotted away, and the door sealing rubbers have shrunk and the thin thin paint has rusted off the roof.
My 2009 Chinese car's headlights went out and so the electric wiring and Chinese fuses led me to parking that in a garage years ago.
My 1984 Reliant Rialto apparently blew a head gasket a few years ago so its also stored in a garage........I really do miss driving that car!  It won a 3' tall perpetual  trophy for Best of Show in May 2013 in Yorkshire, England where I bought it and shipped it here later that year.
My 1970 long bed VW truck's bed has rusted away and needs either replacement metal welded in OR a nice sheet of diamond plate aluminum fastened securely over the original bed on top and down in the storage compartment underneath the main bed.
The 2007 and 2011 Miles electric cars each only have about 1200 miles apiece on them, but all they need is new batteries.  They too are stored indoors since 2012.
The 1996 Miata was purchased in '98 with 22k miles and it now has all of 60k miles........it needs a fresh red/white/blue striped paint job.
 Okay, I'll probably get chewed out for this long winded post, but just put it down to my 2nd or 3rd post since the inception of the Arcane group got started.

Oh, one last important thing..............I'm looking hard and fast for a utility trailer / car hauler with which I can transport a 108 year old car that weighs about 1500 lbs.  An Aluma 6 x 12 would do since those only weigh about 650 lbs,  but anything under 1000 lbs would work also.  An covered trailer would be far better, but the higher weight would negate my ability to pull it with my 4 liter V6 Minivan..

UNLESS there is someone in the Society who has a trailer I could borrow when I need to take my cars on tours .............:-)

oobowls signing off.


Re: Engine change

Ken Chambers
 

I've also heard the Subaru 2.2s are fairly bullet proof, perhaps because of their lower power output compared to the 2.5s.  The 2.2s are only around 40HP more than the early 1.9 waterboxer engines, even less in comparison to the later 2.1 waterboxers.  All waterboxer Vanagons are greatly underpowered.  I feel if I'm going through the motions I'd like to get more than just a little bit more power.  Subaru six cylinders are installed in Vanagons, just not in California thanks to the smog rules.  It's all pretty stupid.  More reliable, safer, cleaner, better mileage.  It shouldn't be difficult.  Weren't the current smog rules set in 1984 that ruled 1975 and older are exempt?  Any chance they'll one day up the smog exempt years a decade or so?  That's a long time without adjusting the exempt date.

FYI, any vehicle's CA smog history can be checked here:  https://www.bar.ca.gov/services/Vehicle/PubTstQry.aspx

On Tue, Jun 8, 2021 at 8:23 PM Berkeley <berkeley@...> wrote:
Why is it that they always seem to want to put 4 cylinder engines in the VW busses? The EZ30 and EZ36 have better reliability records than the EJ25s and make  a good deal more power. They were also designed for compactness so are within a couple of inches on length. People pay crazy amounts of money for their Subaru conversions, so why not have another 100 HP?

From: ArcaneAutos@groups.io <ArcaneAutos@groups.io> on behalf of Michael Rhea via groups.io <dafmike=yahoo.com@groups.io>
Sent: Tuesday, June 8, 2021 6:55 PM
To: ArcaneAutos@groups.io <ArcaneAutos@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ArcaneAutos] Engine change
 
A note on Subaru engines. The 2.2engine is so much more reliable than the 2.5 engine No head gasket issues I have had many 2.2 Subarus all have gone over 300,000miles. I would go with the 2.2.  Mimr


On Tue, Jun 8, 2021 at 2:33 PM, Craig Parada

No problem, until it is. This is from 2003, and the State has learned a few things since then. 


On Jun 8, 2021, at 10:59, Matthew Spielberg <mspielberg@...> wrote:



Someone that I know has a vehicle registered in Montana. A company, for a fee of less than $1000 formed a Montana LLC, registered the vehicle to the corporation, and mailed him the plates.

As I recall (memory may be faulty), the reason that folks are registering motor homes in Montana is that it is cheap. As I recall no sales or use tax, and registration may not have to be renewed.

https://www.49dollarmontanaregisteredagent.com/montana-vehicle-registration/renewal

Motorhomes are not a problem with the issue of "where does the vehicle reside", since, by nature, they are mobile.

This is done as a matter of course with motorhomes which are big and fancy and expensive to register in California.

Your results may vary.


On 6/8/2021 9:57 AM, Geoff Kirkpatrick via groups.io wrote:
I don't know the ins and outs of dealing with the smog referees, but I know that having the car registered in your name in a different state won't enable it to be registered here if it's non-compliant. If you own property in Oregon, your best bet might be to simply keep it registered there. Although, it is technically illegal to keep an out-of-state registered car in CA permanently without registering it here, so that's not a foolproof solution either.

Geoff K.
-- 
Matthew M Spielberg
21855 Redwood Road
Castro Valley, CA 94546
(510) 886-5751
(209) 586-0250


Re: Engine change

Berkeley
 

Why is it that they always seem to want to put 4 cylinder engines in the VW busses? The EZ30 and EZ36 have better reliability records than the EJ25s and make  a good deal more power. They were also designed for compactness so are within a couple of inches on length. People pay crazy amounts of money for their Subaru conversions, so why not have another 100 HP?


From: ArcaneAutos@groups.io <ArcaneAutos@groups.io> on behalf of Michael Rhea via groups.io <dafmike@...>
Sent: Tuesday, June 8, 2021 6:55 PM
To: ArcaneAutos@groups.io <ArcaneAutos@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ArcaneAutos] Engine change
 
A note on Subaru engines. The 2.2engine is so much more reliable than the 2.5 engine No head gasket issues I have had many 2.2 Subarus all have gone over 300,000miles. I would go with the 2.2.  Mimr


On Tue, Jun 8, 2021 at 2:33 PM, Craig Parada
<craig.parada@...> wrote:

No problem, until it is. This is from 2003, and the State has learned a few things since then. 


On Jun 8, 2021, at 10:59, Matthew Spielberg <mspielberg@...> wrote:



Someone that I know has a vehicle registered in Montana. A company, for a fee of less than $1000 formed a Montana LLC, registered the vehicle to the corporation, and mailed him the plates.

As I recall (memory may be faulty), the reason that folks are registering motor homes in Montana is that it is cheap. As I recall no sales or use tax, and registration may not have to be renewed.

https://www.49dollarmontanaregisteredagent.com/montana-vehicle-registration/renewal

Motorhomes are not a problem with the issue of "where does the vehicle reside", since, by nature, they are mobile.

This is done as a matter of course with motorhomes which are big and fancy and expensive to register in California.

Your results may vary.


On 6/8/2021 9:57 AM, Geoff Kirkpatrick via groups.io wrote:
I don't know the ins and outs of dealing with the smog referees, but I know that having the car registered in your name in a different state won't enable it to be registered here if it's non-compliant. If you own property in Oregon, your best bet might be to simply keep it registered there. Although, it is technically illegal to keep an out-of-state registered car in CA permanently without registering it here, so that's not a foolproof solution either.

Geoff K.
-- 
Matthew M Spielberg
21855 Redwood Road
Castro Valley, CA 94546
(510) 886-5751
(209) 586-0250


Re: Engine change

Michael Rhea
 

A note on Subaru engines. The 2.2engine is so much more reliable than the 2.5 engine No head gasket issues I have had many 2.2 Subarus all have gone over 300,000miles. I would go with the 2.2.  Mimr


On Tue, Jun 8, 2021 at 2:33 PM, Craig Parada
<craig.parada@...> wrote:

No problem, until it is. This is from 2003, and the State has learned a few things since then. 


On Jun 8, 2021, at 10:59, Matthew Spielberg <mspielberg@...> wrote:



Someone that I know has a vehicle registered in Montana. A company, for a fee of less than $1000 formed a Montana LLC, registered the vehicle to the corporation, and mailed him the plates.

As I recall (memory may be faulty), the reason that folks are registering motor homes in Montana is that it is cheap. As I recall no sales or use tax, and registration may not have to be renewed.

https://www.49dollarmontanaregisteredagent.com/montana-vehicle-registration/renewal

Motorhomes are not a problem with the issue of "where does the vehicle reside", since, by nature, they are mobile.

This is done as a matter of course with motorhomes which are big and fancy and expensive to register in California.

Your results may vary.


On 6/8/2021 9:57 AM, Geoff Kirkpatrick via groups.io wrote:
I don't know the ins and outs of dealing with the smog referees, but I know that having the car registered in your name in a different state won't enable it to be registered here if it's non-compliant. If you own property in Oregon, your best bet might be to simply keep it registered there. Although, it is technically illegal to keep an out-of-state registered car in CA permanently without registering it here, so that's not a foolproof solution either.

Geoff K.
-- 
Matthew M Spielberg
21855 Redwood Road
Castro Valley, CA 94546
(510) 886-5751
(209) 586-0250


Re: Engine change

Craig Parada
 


No problem, until it is. This is from 2003, and the State has learned a few things since then. 


On Jun 8, 2021, at 10:59, Matthew Spielberg <mspielberg@...> wrote:



Someone that I know has a vehicle registered in Montana. A company, for a fee of less than $1000 formed a Montana LLC, registered the vehicle to the corporation, and mailed him the plates.

As I recall (memory may be faulty), the reason that folks are registering motor homes in Montana is that it is cheap. As I recall no sales or use tax, and registration may not have to be renewed.

https://www.49dollarmontanaregisteredagent.com/montana-vehicle-registration/renewal

Motorhomes are not a problem with the issue of "where does the vehicle reside", since, by nature, they are mobile.

This is done as a matter of course with motorhomes which are big and fancy and expensive to register in California.

Your results may vary.


On 6/8/2021 9:57 AM, Geoff Kirkpatrick via groups.io wrote:
I don't know the ins and outs of dealing with the smog referees, but I know that having the car registered in your name in a different state won't enable it to be registered here if it's non-compliant. If you own property in Oregon, your best bet might be to simply keep it registered there. Although, it is technically illegal to keep an out-of-state registered car in CA permanently without registering it here, so that's not a foolproof solution either.

Geoff K.
-- 
Matthew M Spielberg
21855 Redwood Road
Castro Valley, CA 94546
(510) 886-5751
(209) 586-0250


Re: Engine change

Matthew Spielberg
 

Someone that I know has a vehicle registered in Montana. A company, for a fee of less than $1000 formed a Montana LLC, registered the vehicle to the corporation, and mailed him the plates.

As I recall (memory may be faulty), the reason that folks are registering motor homes in Montana is that it is cheap. As I recall no sales or use tax, and registration may not have to be renewed.

https://www.49dollarmontanaregisteredagent.com/montana-vehicle-registration/renewal

Motorhomes are not a problem with the issue of "where does the vehicle reside", since, by nature, they are mobile.

This is done as a matter of course with motorhomes which are big and fancy and expensive to register in California.

Your results may vary.


On 6/8/2021 9:57 AM, Geoff Kirkpatrick via groups.io wrote:
I don't know the ins and outs of dealing with the smog referees, but I know that having the car registered in your name in a different state won't enable it to be registered here if it's non-compliant. If you own property in Oregon, your best bet might be to simply keep it registered there. Although, it is technically illegal to keep an out-of-state registered car in CA permanently without registering it here, so that's not a foolproof solution either.

Geoff K.
-- 
Matthew M Spielberg
21855 Redwood Road
Castro Valley, CA 94546
(510) 886-5751
(209) 586-0250


Re: Engine change

Geoff Kirkpatrick
 

I don't know the ins and outs of dealing with the smog referees, but I know that having the car registered in your name in a different state won't enable it to be registered here if it's non-compliant. If you own property in Oregon, your best bet might be to simply keep it registered there. Although, it is technically illegal to keep an out-of-state registered car in CA permanently without registering it here, so that's not a foolproof solution either.

Geoff K.


Re: VW bus Engine change

Steve Fields
 

On Jun 8, 2021, at 8:17 AM, Dale <daleice@...> wrote:

In re to Subaru engine change: I’ve been seeing a lot of people use the Montana method of registration.
Form a LLC up there and then register your vehicles in MT. A lot of motorhomes seem to use that.
There are websites dedicated to this operation. Anybody know more?
I got a VT registration(thru the mail) for a 250cc motorcycle and then a nice, clean CA. title.
Costs you a few bucks in taxes & fees, though….
Works for cars also…
Dale




Re: VW bus Engine change

Dale
 

In re to Subaru engine change: I’ve been seeing a lot of people use the Montana method of registration.
Form a LLC up there and then register your vehicles in MT. A lot of motorhomes seem to use that.
There are websites dedicated to this operation. Anybody know more?
I got a VT registration(thru the mail) for a 250cc motorcycle and then a nice, clean CA. title.
Costs you a few bucks in taxes & fees, though….
Works for cars also…
Dale


Re: more Arcane on BaT

Ken Nelson
 

EVERYTHING IS GOING CORPORATE!  Sad news that BAT has gone the way of all flesh.   Same thing with the Dream Cruise, aka Woodward Cruise in Detroit, which started as a simple charity event I participated in yrs ago.  Same thing for Burning Man - now with concierge camps and Lear jets flying in bringing sleazy Russian oligarchs and other undesireables.  Monterey classics, same all same all.  
Hopefully that never happens to the annual Citroen gathering in Saratoga..........

Ken

On Tue, Jun 8, 2021 at 12:50 AM Keith Murphy via groups.io <Keithddl527=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:

So, I applied to BaT this past Sunday to list my 1981 4x4 Eagle Sx/4 with 4.2L engine for auction. 

Now, BaT has listed Eagles before, even one very similar to mine, it’s bidding went to $8k and didn’t make the sellers reserve (?!) - comments about both the car, said the seller should have taken off the reserve and sold the car as it had a broken  4x4 front transfer case.

Well,  BaT replied back to me today, they declined to accept my car though it’s cosmetically pretty, well maintained, passes CA smogs for last eight years, and I had a super low reserve.

BaT’s (blow off) reply:

Sorry, but your submission was not accepted.

Hello Keith,

Thank you for submitting your 1981 AMC Eagle to us for consideration.

We reviewed your submission and the details of your vehicle closely and while we appreciate its merits, unfortunately we are unable to offer to list it at this time. We are very selective with the vehicles we accept for auction and while we wish that we could list them all, given the volume of submissions we receive and the nature of our curation process, we simply can't.

We appreciate that you considered BaT Auctions and wish you best of luck with the sale. We hope to have the opportunity to work with you in the future.

Thanks,

The Bring a Trailer Team


 If your interested in what goes on behind the scenes at BaT , read the vast amount of complaints by both sellers and buyers who used the service, and discover some of the games BaT uses to get a higher bid price  and run up their sale percentages up... too bad they changed from a fun hobby sight to a den of car brokers and flippers, no surprise as they don’t care about reserves and push hi end cars on more wealthy clientele (or saps that shouldn’t be let loose placing auction bids on a used lawn chair.)

Good news! - I sold my car today!

I sucked up the apparent slight made to me by BaT, which actually was playing into my own gambling greed, which was stopping me from  going back to basics and selling my own car - face to face - with a buyer.

I forgot this process could even be a fun transaction and I can pick who I sell my car to, rather then end up dealing with an out of state buyer  or even a buyer located out of the country, then stress out if the seller would make a payment on time and in a form I would accept, then I would stress out if and when the car would be picked up.

My buyer today paid cash today, he drove away in a car he loves, he got a fair deal, but I had to suck up and kill my gambling greed that creeps in like a used car salesman in a striped wool suit f’king up an otherwise straight forward process ... if we choose it to be.

I’m sure many  folks had great experiences on BaT - but the process is rigged to pay BaT and push issues of payment and transport on to the  buyer and sellers, the stressful reality that is left to resolve  after all the excitement of the auction is over .

Got your lawn chair?






On Jun 7, 2021, at 4:56 PM, David Russel <djrussel@...> wrote:


Should have drilled down when seeing the Skoda listing as there were and still are a few additional potential members, just need to get them out here.


This one does have the belt drive.



Next one is what Dick needs to transport the Peel:

David




Re: SF area motor/gen shop

Larry Sacks
 

I had no idea.  Rod was a great guy.  I found him by way of recommendation and always recommended him whenever anyone asked.

Larry

On Mon, Jun 7, 2021 at 9:13 AM Keith Murphy via groups.io <Keithddl527=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
Sadly, Rod Stewart died a few years back, his company is now under new management.
New owners have good attitudes, but not as indulging of giving time to help hobbiest - they have to make a buck, please leave a tip if your just hobbiest and want mostly advice and hand holding.
RIP Rod - always helpful.


On Jun 6, 2021, at 10:34 PM, Larry Sacks <LMSacks@...> wrote:


Another vote for San Jose Generator & Starter.

Rod Stuart is the owner and he rebuilt the starter alternator on my '79 X1/9.  Price was more than reasonable and the work was excellent.

Larry


Re: more Arcane on BaT

Keith Murphy
 


So, I applied to BaT this past Sunday to list my 1981 4x4 Eagle Sx/4 with 4.2L engine for auction. 

Now, BaT has listed Eagles before, even one very similar to mine, it’s bidding went to $8k and didn’t make the sellers reserve (?!) - comments about both the car, said the seller should have taken off the reserve and sold the car as it had a broken  4x4 front transfer case.

Well,  BaT replied back to me today, they declined to accept my car though it’s cosmetically pretty, well maintained, passes CA smogs for last eight years, and I had a super low reserve.

BaT’s (blow off) reply:

Sorry, but your submission was not accepted.

Hello Keith,

Thank you for submitting your 1981 AMC Eagle to us for consideration.

We reviewed your submission and the details of your vehicle closely and while we appreciate its merits, unfortunately we are unable to offer to list it at this time. We are very selective with the vehicles we accept for auction and while we wish that we could list them all, given the volume of submissions we receive and the nature of our curation process, we simply can't.

We appreciate that you considered BaT Auctions and wish you best of luck with the sale. We hope to have the opportunity to work with you in the future.

Thanks,

The Bring a Trailer Team


 If your interested in what goes on behind the scenes at BaT , read the vast amount of complaints by both sellers and buyers who used the service, and discover some of the games BaT uses to get a higher bid price  and run up their sale percentages up... too bad they changed from a fun hobby sight to a den of car brokers and flippers, no surprise as they don’t care about reserves and push hi end cars on more wealthy clientele (or saps that shouldn’t be let loose placing auction bids on a used lawn chair.)

Good news! - I sold my car today!

I sucked up the apparent slight made to me by BaT, which actually was playing into my own gambling greed, which was stopping me from  going back to basics and selling my own car - face to face - with a buyer.

I forgot this process could even be a fun transaction and I can pick who I sell my car to, rather then end up dealing with an out of state buyer  or even a buyer located out of the country, then stress out if the seller would make a payment on time and in a form I would accept, then I would stress out if and when the car would be picked up.

My buyer today paid cash today, he drove away in a car he loves, he got a fair deal, but I had to suck up and kill my gambling greed that creeps in like a used car salesman in a striped wool suit f’king up an otherwise straight forward process ... if we choose it to be.

I’m sure many  folks had great experiences on BaT - but the process is rigged to pay BaT and push issues of payment and transport on to the  buyer and sellers, the stressful reality that is left to resolve  after all the excitement of the auction is over .

Got your lawn chair?






On Jun 7, 2021, at 4:56 PM, David Russel <djrussel@...> wrote:


Should have drilled down when seeing the Skoda listing as there were and still are a few additional potential members, just need to get them out here.


This one does have the belt drive.



Next one is what Dick needs to transport the Peel:

David




Re: more Arcane on BaT

Dick Tuttle
 


Thank's Dave, the Trivan would be a good Peel hauler but unfortunately it's no faster than the Peel so it wouldn't be suitable going to far away meets at 50 screaming MPH.  It's only redeeming feature is the two wheels are in front.

And here's a notice that sadly seems to indicate the dumbing down of America:





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Dick Tuttle

-----Original Message-----
From: David Russel <djrussel@...>
To: Arcane Mail List <ArcaneAutos@groups.io>
Sent: Mon, Jun 7, 2021 4:55 pm
Subject: [ArcaneAutos] more Arcane on BaT

Should have drilled down when seeing the Skoda listing as there were and still are a few additional potential members, just need to get them out here.


This one does have the belt drive.



Next one is what Dick needs to transport the Peel:

David



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