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Old April 24th, 2016, 11:39 PM
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Making a 1987,110 diesel California legal?

Hello, Folks:

Having recently inquired about a 1987, 110 diesel, I am interested in "how" to make this vehicle California legal. The present owner has the vehicle on Montana plates/registration and has a Montana corporation. Is this the best option, or will this lead to "issues" with the California Cheaters Law? The Montana registration process seems "do-able," but what are the liabilities?

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Old April 24th, 2016, 11:51 PM
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I wish people would start using the search feature on this forum and discover their question especially this question which gets asked every few weeks. The answer can be found. Its not possible to register diesels Land Rovers in Ca.

As for registering it out of state, but using it in California, that has to violate a whole bunch of laws and insurance law.
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Old April 25th, 2016, 11:56 AM
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Rocky,


Thank you for your response and for the information included. I did take a look at some of the other, related threads, and if I read/understood correctly, the majority agree with you; however, there may be a few dissenting opinions. I was/am interested in what "might" be possible so that I can follow-up on this vehicle or discount it completely. My Land Rover experience has been with the old Series vehicles, and I am a tyro when it comes to Defenders - hence, my questions and lack of understanding.


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Not that this is on topic, but I would suggest not posting your name and email address. These forums are publicly searchable and it just leads to a lot more spam.
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Old April 25th, 2016, 01:07 PM
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CARB will make your life hard for anything post-1979 diesel, that is the short answer. Doable? maybe, but not easy for sure.
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there may be a few dissenting opinions. I was/am interested in what "might" be possible so that I can follow-up on this vehicle or discount it completely.
Try it and please report back. Good luck with your venture.
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Old April 25th, 2016, 01:56 PM
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There is always the option to move to a free state and persue your happiness in your diesel 110 unencumbered by the tyrants in Sacramento.
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Old April 25th, 2016, 02:21 PM
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Mr. Robinson:


I, too, have thought of that option; however, I am old, and I have lived here for sixty-three years, so I am entirely too well established to relocate, advantageous and desirable as it might be.


Perseverance may lead me to a solution, and if not, I will simply stick to driving one of the old Series machines. I am only "looking" at Defenders at this point, and I am trying to avoid biting off more than I can chew.


Thank you for your comments.
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This might help some. California One Step Closer To Move Smog Exempt Cutoff Year from 1975 to 1980
Several people have posted on multiple Rover forums that they have successfully registered a diesel rover in Cali over the past few years but based on the comments it must take a lot of hard work.
I have seen a few diesel rovers come up for sale in CA but always at a premium.
Good luck in your search.
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Old April 25th, 2016, 09:08 PM
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Mr. Morton,


Thank you for the information, and thank you for your commentary. I have registered diesels in California before (i.e. - 1968 Dormobile diesel, 1978 Toyota Land Cruiser BJ40, 1980 International Scout diesel), but these were more vintage vehicles. Things seem to go bad somewhere in the 1980's. However, one does not have to smog a California diesel unless it is 1998 or newer, so the problem with registering a 1987 Land Rover diesel seems mysterious. The problem seems to be with engines that California does and does not authorize.
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IIRC, There was/is an older diesel defender for sale on the SFBA Craigslist recently. The ad claims its registered in California. Maybe worth a call to the seller. Good luck
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Old May 11th, 2016, 11:30 PM
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lithium 1330,


Thank you for the tip and the suggestion. The Defender I was looking at was sold to a fellow in Texas, so the issue has, in part, become mute - but - I am still interested in what is possible.


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