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and Legalization Information of Vehicles to the United States.
NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) or DOT
(Department of Transportation)
an HS-7 ?
12) I want to import a race car how do I do it ?
There are two ways to import a race car . Temporary and permantent . http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/cars/rules/import/Racing/Index.html
13) I want to do the work myself , why can't I ?
Registered importers are supposed to preform all modifications as the modifications are covered by safety recall insurance . If the RI did not preform the modifications there is no way for them to ensure the modifications are done correctly.
14) Why do you care if I import a car and sell it ?
If this guy sells it to someone , without the person fully knowing about the car they may have some problems .
The only person that has something actually to lose is the guy that buys this car . If I can use some of my knowledge about this , to possibly help someone out , then I will .
Does anyone remember the call I got from the guy with a Skyline in Canada . Someone had told him that he could import the car to Canada . Then drive it for a year before he had to legalize it . Have to tell him that there is really not much I could do for him . I gave him his options . He didn't think he was doing anything wrong . But hes the guy that gets screwed.
1 15) What do you know about the petition process for vehicles at the DOT ?
Do a keyword search . Search for Lancer Evolution . You will see two 87 page documents from me for the LHD Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VII and VIII . The first few pages are the actual work . The rest of the pages are substainciating documentation from Mitsubishi press releases , and service manuals.It took me about a month to do the Mitsubishi petition . Get the paperwork and information together . Do the research , etc .
In Feburary , 2003 I flew over to the DOT in Washington , DC and dropped off my petition . At first I bundled the VII and VIII together as they are on the same chassis CT9A . The DOT did not like this , and I had to go and split it into two petitions .
It took about 2 months for them to decide they wanted to see it different . Then took several more months before they published the VIII petition in the Federal Register . Another month to publish the VII petition . Comments from Mitsubishi on the VII delayed the closing of the petition a week. There are comments from Mitsubishi on the VII petition also.The week after Mitsubishis comments I called the DOT to find out if they wanted me to formally comment on Mitsubishis comments , and they told me to stand by. Its been about 3 weeks now , and I am standing by. In all its been 11 months since I started the project .11 months. Sure in that time , everyone in the DOT has changed , some rules have changed . I had some challenges against things at the DOT , but I play by the rules.
I hear 1996 and up cars need OBD -II . What is OBD -II ? Do cars made
for other countries have it ?
Alternative Fuel Certified Retrofit SystemsUnder current California regulations, conversion of emission-controlled vehicles with retrofit systems to operate on alternative fuels, such as propane and natural gas, in lieu of the original gasoline or diesel fuel is only allowed if the retrofit systems have been evaluated and certified by the Air Resources Board. The certification must be obtained by the manufacturer of the retrofit system and is issued by the Air Resources Board once the manufacturer demonstrates compliance with the emission, warranty, and durability requirements. View a list of certified retrofit systems for 1994 and newer model-year vehicles. (Word97 - 56K) or (Acrobat - 110K)
18) Kit cars. I want to take a car apart and import it as a kit car. Is this legal ?
Motor vehicles" must comply with the Clean Air Act and may not be disassembled nor purchased in a disassembled form for the purposes of evading the Clean Air Act or the Imports regulations. In these situations the kit car body/chassis combination must be certified by the manufacturer, must be in a configuration which was previously certified by EPA subject to the guidelines discussed at "2" above or, in the case of an importation, an EPA form 3520-1 must be filed at the port of entry and the vehicle imported by an eligible ICI who must ensure that the kit car body/chassis complies with all applicable emission requirements. At the present time, there are no ICIs eligible to import kit cars.
Kit car titling in Illinois - http://rawilson.net/cobra/title.html