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Since I'm screwing-myself AGAIN with the
legal-department, I have a question.
I'm swapping a 92' 350 tpi motor into my
cj7. the year issue is OK with the
smog ref's rules. Here's the "grey" area.
The motor/tranny combo must be of same-type
that was available in the donor vehicle.
well, GM never offered a 5.7 (350) motor
with a manual trans. Only the 5.0 (305)
motors came with sticks. Since I'm going
for the NV4500/350 tpi combo, what are my
chances of getting this combo passed at the
smog-ref station??? The back of the block
clearly shows 5.7 in the casting on the
rear of the block where it mates to the bellhousing. maybe I could grind it down
a little to try to make a "0" out of a "7"??
Just had a thought!!! grind away the "7"
of the 5.7 on the block, and use jb weld to
make an "0".....!!!!! what do ya all think?

I might have just saved my ass alot of trouble!

or, try to cheat the ref and install a
700R4 in the jeep (without any transcase)
or front d line just to get it passed thru
the smog ref, then after yank the trans and
install my NV4500/transcase drivetrain stuff.

Two issues about this 2nd option:

major PITA for just to pass smog on a motor
swap.

expense of an auto tranny just for above.

future-problems associated with bi-annual
smog inspection due to "engine-swap" with
350/auto-trans, now has manual trans....

What are the tech/smog expert opinions on
this please.....
 

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thanks for the reply... Not sure about the
corvette/5.7/manual trans.. I'll look into
that one! thanks. (Maybe vette's also had
dual exhaust too)??

Definitly 350 TPI. 92 firebird formula motor
to be exact.

Thanks again, keep the replies coming!

--Sherpa
 

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Are ypou positive the pontiac didnt come with a 5sp? I swear I drove one with a stick. Id call the dealer and ask for a clutch for a 92 formula with a 5.7 and they will have one and there is the proof
 

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What vehicle did the motor come from?....
They will be able to identify it from the serial number. You have to have gotten one from a vehicle type that came with manual trans.....They are concerned about the computer matching. You may be stuck with the PITA option of smogging w/auto, doing swap. But it might bite you again in 2 years at the next smog check...Good Luck!
 

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If I were you, I wouldn't worry about the bi-annual inspection problem. After you get your rig certified by the Ref, next year you can go to any smog tech to get the inspection. And no smog tech is gonna go through the trouble of checking that shit. I can't believe that the ref questioned the tranny!!! Thats some piss poor stuff. You must have caught him on a bad day. Is there another Ref that you can go see?? I would try another, some techs just have a Stick up their ass about stuff like that...
 

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If I were you, I wouldn't worry about the bi-annual inspection problem. After you get your rig certified by the Ref, next year you can go to any smog tech to get the inspection. And no smog tech is gonna go through the trouble of checking that shit. I can't believe that the ref questioned the tranny!!! Thats some piss poor stuff. You must have caught him on a bad day. Is there another Ref that you can go see?? I would try another, some techs just have a Stick up their ass about stuff like that...
If you read the rules, this is not simple stuff...and they do verify tranny, even on stockers. The machine will pop up with the info on the vehicle at the next check (Including tranny type) and the tech, where ever you take it, will have to check it off. I am all for sneaking it through (Did I say that out loud?) But you got to know what you are up against to figure out how to sneak it! Good Luck!
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