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Old 09-02-2005, 02:56 AM
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This may belong in the general discussion, but with all the hurricane talk, prob. best to post here..I live in Mississippi, and believe me, I have a knot in the pit of my stomach!

Moving to south Texas (Harlingen) in Nov. My delima is what to fix in MS and what to wait on in Texas. Specifically, the inspection in MS is a joke. I have 3 vertical cracks on my windshield, and I'll bet it won't pass in TX (am I right?) although passed in MS. MS has no emmission test. Also, how do I claim the "exemption" (less than 5k miles a year?). I only use my J10 on the weekends (i.e. hobby truck) to pull a boat, and I certainly will drive less than 5k miles a year. Also, in MS, any vehicle over 25 years old get an "Antique" tag, meaning a one time registration fee with no further inspections..anything like this in Texas? My truck is 1980 J10. Fella up the street wanted to rip out most of the emmissions on the truck, but told him to leave since moving to Texas..ANY advice on how to proceed with the move most appreciated!!
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Old 09-02-2005, 04:15 AM
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Welcome to Texas. As far as the windshield is concerened, you're right, it won't pass. From what you posted, it sounds like you're going to have to register it as a "Classic" and not as an "Antique." Check out the following link: Good luck on the move.
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Old 09-02-2005, 04:26 AM
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Welcome to Texas!

When your vehicle reaches 25 years of age in Texas, the inspection is safety only. I passed that glorious milestone a couple of years ago, and except for a blown license plate light there have been no issues. They are picky about windshields and any cracked/broken light lenses, but as long as your parking brake, lights, and horn work you're pretty much good to go.

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Old 09-02-2005, 04:32 AM
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Welcome to the Lone Star State. Yup, at 25 your exempt from emissions. The funny thing with the windshield, is if it's cracked and obscures your vision it'll fail.

What I find hilarious is in this state windshield wipers are mandatory. Windshields are not. Go figure.
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Old 09-02-2005, 04:35 AM
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Turn signals aren't mandatory, either.

If the vehicle has them, they have to work. If they're not there, you get a pass.
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Old 09-02-2005, 05:35 AM
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You ought to see the windshield in my YJ. It is BAD! As long as it doesn't obscure the driver's veiw... It has passed at 3 or 4 different stations that way. Depends on what station you go to as well I suppose.
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Old 09-02-2005, 06:50 AM
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Thanks my 1980 is right at 25 years, so it is exempt or do I need to wait until next year? (i.e. a full 25 years).

The J10 is in great shape..47k original miles and mostly stock. So what are my chances of making it to Harlingen from Greenville pulling a 1500 lb load? (900 miles..). All kidding aside on gas cost, etc., would you risk it or have it trucked down??
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Old 09-02-2005, 08:08 AM
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Actually, only vehicles that are 2-24 years old are emissions tested so I am pretty sure your 1980 will not be tested. I drive my truck everywhere and wouldn't hesitate to drive it 900 miles. Of course you can't hardly get from where you are to here currently.

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Old 09-06-2005, 01:32 AM
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True..impact is felt even in north MS. Too many ways to mention.

most of my J10 is stock..air cleaner with trap door thingy, etc. I'm sure most of it doesn't work. Charcoal canister filter needs to be changed, etc. What can I remove emmisions wise to get better gas mileage, etc.? Catalytic converter removed years ago from previous owner..just notice this weekend!
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Old 09-06-2005, 06:18 AM
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A lot of counties in TX don't do emissions tests anyway. Mine doesn't (not that it matters in my case), so check the surrounding counties, you might find one that doesn't do the emissions check. As said earlier, 80 and older isn't even checked, but for safety, with all the above mentioned items (windshield, etc.)
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Old 09-07-2005, 05:28 PM
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It all depends on the county, I live east of Houston in Jefferson County and we have no emmisions for any vehicle, just the safety inspection.
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