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Wheel Alignment for classics

sujit roy
 

Where around Cupertino/ San Jose do you take your classics for wheel alignment?
My Triumph Stag '71  like the TR6 uses shims in the rear to adjust toe in and toe out. 
Sujit


Assorted laughs

Ken Nelson
 



Some good laughs.




Re: 🔗 Lance Hellman shared a link

600miles
 

email is now Arcane. Zoom is weird to me


Re: 🔗 Lance Hellman shared a link

Red Fred
 

This FB shit is too weird for me.  What is wrong with a simple email.


On Sun, Jun 13, 2021 at 8:30 PM Lou via groups.io <c1937=znet.com@groups.io> wrote:
   
   
   
Hi Ken,               
    It wants me to log in to YOUR facebook with your password.       
Thanks,            Lou                   
   
   
   
   
On 6/13/2021 6:43 PM, Ken Nelson wrote:
At least wear your belts!  From an E. coast car buddy - 

(expand the link)

 
See the post that he shared.
   
 
    Facebook
 
   
   
 
   
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Re: 🔗 Lance Hellman shared a link

Lou
 

   
   
   
Hi Ken,               
    It wants me to log in to YOUR facebook with your password.       
Thanks,            Lou                   
   
   
   
   
On 6/13/2021 6:43 PM, Ken Nelson wrote:

At least wear your belts!  From an E. coast car buddy - 

(expand the link)

 
See the post that he shared.
   
 
    Facebook
 
   
   
 
   
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Ken Nelson
 

At least wear your belts!  From an E. coast car buddy - 

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Mehari project for sale

Ken Nelson
 

These photos are of a Mehari project for sale in Sacramento - part of a Citroen car and parts collection owned by Dave Lawson, who is incapacitated and needs to let this go to someone who will put it back together. $4000 OBO. The hood, tailgate and engine are there, although one engine cylinder has to be located but plenty of parts are available.

















Contact Dave Lawson jr at goaliedad@... for more details.




Ken


Re: Engine change

Lou
 

   
   
   
Hi Ken,               
    California used to have historic vehicle plates that were    
good for one time fee.   Then they changed that a annual    
luxury tax would be charged on the DMVs appraisal of    
that vehicle.   It's then became cheaper to buy a regular    
plate for an "old" car that has depreciated out.       
    Vehicle code 5051 addresses vehicles over 25 years old   
or are unique.   (Not to be confused with penal code 5150.)       
   
    Personal experience:   I bought the Superior Bus in Oregon.   
I used a friends address and paid $30 for two years registration.       
I took care to not get traffic tickets and once drove it to a car show   
in Spokane.    When I changed to California, the DMV charged   
$72 per year and they lost the Oregon title so now I don't have   
a clear Ca title.    The DMV could contact Oregon but refused   
to clear up their goof.           
            Lou           
1937 Chevy chassis with Superior bus body.   
   
   
   
   
           
                 
   
   
   
   
On 6/10/2021 10:54 AM, Ken Nelson wrote:

How about cars that  are1972 or older?  Does Ca. have a "historic" or "classic" car category as some states do?  I had heard there is one, but has anyone ever found this category and what are the licensing costs??

In Mich I can get a historic plate for $30 good for 10 yrs for car event use - what about Ca.?

Ken

On Tue, Jun 8, 2021 at 12:57 PM Geoff Kirkpatrick via groups.io <britcarnut=yahoo.com@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.
   
   
   
   


Re: Engine change

Matthew Spielberg
 


When you get BAR approval for an engine swap in a car, that is approval for that one car.

If you take the exact same model in, you do the whole thing over again. Not blanket swap approval.

I did get BAR approval for an engine swap of an Acura engine into a Honda Civic. Prior owner did the swap, and got pulled over for lots of stuff. The judge said pay the massive fines, or sell it. 4 trips to the BAR station in Alameda.


Also note that K and N makes a replacement cone filter for the Nissan 240 SX. It comes with a piece of paper which says that the air filter is CARB approved. They also make the same filter with no approval document. Guess which one is more expensive.

On 6/10/2021 10:32 AM, Keith Murphy via groups.io wrote:
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
-- 
Matthew M Spielberg
21855 Redwood Road
Castro Valley, CA 94546
(510) 886-5751
(209) 586-0250


Re: Engine change

Ken Nelson
 

How about cars that  are1972 or older?  Does Ca. have a "historic" or "classic" car category as some states do?  I had heard there is one, but has anyone ever found this category and what are the licensing costs??

In Mich I can get a historic plate for $30 good for 10 yrs for car event use - what about Ca.?

Ken

On Tue, Jun 8, 2021 at 12:57 PM Geoff Kirkpatrick via groups.io <britcarnut=yahoo.com@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.


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

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