- Jul 26, 2013
Generally a Fed car is fine IF it has all the smog equipment it had from the factory AND it passes the CA tailpipe test. That's an interesting point about the computer, though. The rules are different for a Fed car being brought into the state, than for an engine swap into a CA car. You would definitely NOT be allowed to swap a 1980 Fed motor with no computer into a 1980 CA car that had a computer. Beyond that, don't talk to me!I don't know if they will pass a Fed emissions packaged car in CA? CA got special stricter CA emission packages. In 1980 CA cars were all computer controlled while the Feds still allowed non computer controlled engines, so its a big difference between the two emission packages that year.