View Full Version : Effective Sept 1, 2009 - 1975 or older NO EMISSIONS!

09-14-2009, 02:48 PM
(for 5 year plates)

Effective: September 1, 2009:

Vehicles 1975 or older can apply for collectors plates at DMV
One (1) Tail-pipe emissions test is not required
Registration is done every 5 years
If ownership changes: emissions test is not required if new owner applies for collectors plates at DMV
But if new owner applies for regular plates, emissions test & registration is required every year.

"Grandfathered" Collector Vehicles:
1976 to 1984 vehicles registered as collector vehicles before September 1 2009 If owner does not register vehicle before end of grace period, collector plates are no longer valid; therefore, owner must get the appropriate emissions test and will receive regular plates

If ownership changes:
Vehicle cannot be automatically registered as collector vehicle; must comply with emissions standards.
1984 to 1982 dyne test - 1981 & older tail-pipe test - 1975 & older no test (see above definition)

09-14-2009, 03:48 PM
no way!!!!! The 65 will have plates this week!!

09-14-2009, 04:15 PM
That certainaly changes my perspective if/when I get another 40

Uncle Ben
09-14-2009, 04:26 PM
That certainaly changes my perspective if/when I get another 40

Unless you do your own wrenching, a 40 just isn't for everyone!

09-14-2009, 04:28 PM
really sucks my diesel misses out. I might have to put it on a 65 frame :D

09-14-2009, 04:55 PM
Unless you do your own wrenching, a 40 just isn't for everyone!

I did all the wrenching 1977 40. Did the power steering install, front axles installed a locrite, shocks, wiring harness, DUI Dist. Write-ups are all on Mud in the FAQ. Made some mistakes along the way and learned as I went. I do most of the wrenching on my 80.

On my previous 40 (1974) , I rebuilt the engine. That's easy and not complicated, although that was a long time ago when I couldn't afford to have others do it..

I had Robbie do the headgasket on the 80. That was worth paying for. I have done just about everything else. I did have him come down and do a bunch of work on Sarah's truck before she went for college and do my rear axle since I last did it 50K miles ago and he was here.

I have owned two 40's that cover 10 years of my life, although not concurrent. With my first 40, I didn't wheel much and where I did it was like desert or just intermediate trails.

All I know about I wheeling I learned from you guys and thats quite a bit:beer:

Thanks for the faith brotha!

04-12-2012, 02:03 PM

5 Year Collector Passenger
About: Motor vehicles that are model year 1975 or earlier or motor vehicles with a model year 1976 or later that were registered as a collector's item prior to September 1, 2009 which are not to be used in a commercial manner. All taxes and fees shall be five times the annual taxes and fees normally assessed.

Available For: Passenger cars and trucks that do not exceed sixteen thousand pounds empty weight.

Misc. Info: Motor vehicles that were grandfathered in prior to September 1, 2009 may remain registered as a collector's item until registration is allowed to expire or upon sale or transfer of ownership.

Fees: One time fee of $50.00 for issuance or replacement, in addition to other taxes and fees.

Number of Plates Allowed: Unlimited.



The following Colorado motor vehicles are exempt from emissions testing:

Newly-manufactured vehicles, for the first 4 model years, or until a change of ownership (click here for requirements regarding vehicles being brought into the program area from another state or from another part of Colorado);
Pre-1975 collector-plated vehicles
Pre-1942 horseless carriage-plated vehicles
Vehicles with a two-stroke engine manufactured prior to 1980
Vehicle registered as "kit" cars
Farm-plated vehicles
Electric powered vehicles

04-12-2012, 02:34 PM
Did something change?

04-12-2012, 03:49 PM
Did something change?

I updated it with the links to the state and air care.

04-12-2012, 04:33 PM
The ideal model year FJ40 just became 1975....

04-12-2012, 04:38 PM
But I think once you have the Collector plates you do not need to E-Test again unless you let them expire, correct?

04-12-2012, 04:45 PM
Right. I just renewed my Collector's Plates for my '77 a couple years ago with no e-test.

2nd Childhood
04-12-2012, 04:55 PM
I just asked this week when I picked up my plates. My 78 cannot get the collector plates. Guess I'll keep her stock. She runs good, and is fun to drive daily!!!

04-12-2012, 06:42 PM
I updated it with the links to the state and air care.

not sure. greg was told today while getting his colorado license that he would have to smog his rig, but root and i can not find anything anywhere saying it's changed since 09, although i cannot find anything stating the above anymore either. we'll find out in the next week or so when we get plates for twrecks

04-12-2012, 06:43 PM
But I think once you have the Collector plates you do not need to E-Test again unless you let them expire, correct?

correct on if the plates don't expire...will find out if e test is now required on 75 and older

04-12-2012, 06:45 PM
never mind. I don't know what i'm talking about. Typical :D

04-13-2012, 08:11 AM
I sold my stock, very clean but de-smogged 1980 40 last year because it had to get emissions Every YEAR! What a huge pain that was. And it wasn't just a tail pipe test either. They looked for the stuff under the hood. I'd put on the catalytic converter just for the test, then remove it after it passed. It all became too much. If I own another 40 it will be a pre-1975 for sure

04-13-2012, 08:20 AM
My Sister recently bought a 73 FJ40 for her husband. Equiped with a Chebby V8, etc. She went to get plates, and purchased the collector plates...no test, never checked, just purchased. My 77, on the other hand, needs yearly tests.

04-13-2012, 08:52 AM
Wow, what a pain.
Glad I collector plates on the '78 right before the FASTER rate increases kicked in.
I did it before e-testing came BACK to Larimer and Weld counties, so I did not have to test before getting the plates.
When I was setting up my PS on the 40 everyone said I was foolish to design it with the air pump. Everyone said e-testing was going away for northern CO.
For some reason, I just didn't believe it would stay gone...