[TR] How easy is it to get a Spitfire through a CA smog? Follow up questions

John Macartney John.Macartney at Ukpips.org.uk
Fri Oct 23 11:42:38 MDT 2020

Air pollution regs kicked in for 1968 build. Albeit very limited, the SU carb proved a bit difficult to lean out and that’s why Spitfires from either 1969 or 1970 model year used a single Stromberg. My personal opinion is the Mk3 Spitfire with the 1296 8 port head is the Best Buy, hotly followed by the 1296 Mk4. The 1500 engine is positively athsmatic and has always had breathing issues in standard spec. No doubt there will be howls of protest in favour of the 1500 but the many I’ve driven over years - rebuilt/cared for/completely knackered - were all the same, I.e. seriously disappointing and that same engine in the Midget made that great little car something that is best forgotten.


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> On 23 Oct 2020, at 17:28, Sujit Roy <triumphstag at gmail.com> wrote:
> Thanks for the answers. Here are a few follow up questions.
> If the Smog parts were completely removed from the car and it needs it, what is the  worst case cost wise to buy this stuff to get it though a Smog? What workshop equipment would I need to buy and cost to make sure I can get it close to passing a smog without having a repair shop tweek it to pass a smog check? Also, are '74 year and earlier cars exempt from a smog  but  '75 on are not?
> Regards, Sujit
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