With the holidays I had to wait until yesterday for an apointment with my prefered garage to have the WarWagon checked out, and after a few hours of poking, proding, and dissassembly the old Jeep passed with flying colors. So, now that I figure it's ok to spend silly amounts of money on the thing we drew up a battle plan / time line for the more complicated things and I trundled on my way.
The WarWagon is still on the 30 day temporary tags and I've put off having the emissions checked until I knew I would be building the Jeep up versus using it for parts on another Jeep – so after the clean bill of health from Charlie at JeePerformance I drove over to the emissions station down the street from the shop to see how bad thigs were going to be…
As Colorado is understandably anal about the air quality, getting these older full size vehicles to pass emissions usually requires some prior planning; a bottle or two of DryGas in the tank, fresh oil in the pan, a high-speed run down the highway to get the engine as hot as possible, and various levels of de-tuning are usually pre-requisites… I opted to skip all of that and just get an honest measurement of my carb-tuning prowess…
So, wow, it passed the chemistry test with flying colors – too bad it failed the emissions test…
Yep. It took 4 employees and two different emissions manuals to determine that the WarWagon came with an air injection system originally and, due to this, they require it to still be under the hood – regardless of the fact that the original engine isn't even under the hood.
So, ultimately, it matters not to the air folks that my Jeep is actually fairly eco-friendly as 30 year old trucks go, but what is more important is that there needs to be lots of extra hardware under the hood…
Yeah, I still get confused easy.
So now begins the process of either skirting the law by taking the WarWagon to a 'mom & pop' emissions test place where hopefully they won't notice the missing hardware, or spending a lot of money on parts and labor for equipment I obviously don't really need.
Well, I knew this was going to be expensive – I was just hoping to get that new Edelbrock intake and four barrel on the Jeep next versus a useless pump and a few miles of vacuum hose.
Oh well. 🙂