• To ALL forum users - As of late I have been getting quite a few private messages with questions about build ups here on the forum, or tech questions about your personal project. While I appreciate the interest, sending me a private message about these topics distracts from, and undermines the purpose of having a forum here. During the day I wear many hats as a small business owner-operator and I work tirelessly to provide the absolute best service possible to you, our valued customer. When I created this forum I rounded up some of the best minds I knew so that any tech question you might have could be asked and answered by either myself or one of my highly experienced moderators, this way the next time this same question is asked the answer can be easily found and utilized by the next IH enthusiast having the same question. This allows me the freedom to run the day to day operations of the business and minimize the impact to shipments and shop activities that these distractions can cause. It is of the up most importance for me to complete the daily tasks in order to best take care of you our customer, all the while providing you a forum to get the level advice and input you have come to expect and deserve from the premier IH shop in the country.

    So with that I ask that anyone with a question about one of our build ups or a general tech question to please use the forum as it was intended. I am absolutely available by telephone to answer your questions as well but at times may direct you back to our website to better field your question or questions. Most other private messages I will be glad to answer for you.

    Thank you for your understanding.

    Jeff Ismail

New to Bay Area SD33T Registration Questions


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Just moved to the bay area, my 1980 Scout II sd33t is still back east. I was thinking of pulling the motor and having a v8 dropped in but I was told that May screw me if I try and register her out here. Instead it was suggested I leave it stock for that purpose.

Does anyone have any experience in this area, advice would be good before I dive in the deep end.



If it is still running with the diesel, I would register it first. If it is currently registered in you home state, you should be able to just take the paperwork down to the dmv and register it. It should not require a smog check at that time or at a later date. Believe it is somewhere around 98 and after that you have to get diesels bi-annualy checked for smog in CA. I have an 84 diesel suburban and never have to get it smog checked - main reason I still have it.