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In Marysville CA Need Help and want to Learn

My name is Derek Beaty just moved to CA and looking for advice and help. I am originally from Florida, joined the Air Force and have recently been stationed at Beale AFB after spending the last 3 years in DC. I love older looking Fords but I love the Cummins engine. I joined the thread to meet people I could get help from and learn from the infinite wisdom that's on here! I drive a 1983 Ford F250 with the big block 460. GAS IS KILLIN ME, and the wife lets me know it all the time.I am wanting to put a 12 valve cummins in it to get better mpg, some more power and reliability. I don't know much about mechanics, I know what I like and know what I want. I want to have a hand in the build of the engine and installation but I am not mechanically inclined enough to do this alone. I need help, and want to know where to start! Thanks ahead of time and God bless ya'll!
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hate to break it to ya but...... Since you live on the lovely 'communist republic of commiefornia' as I like to call it, you are out of luck on converting that truck to a diesel. Unless you keep it registered out of state or in a non-smog state. If you haven't already changed registration to CA, do your conversion before you do. Because of it being a truck with a gas motor that is in smog years you will have problems with CA.

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You would be better off selling the 460 in the truck and finding a diesel truck. It will NEVER pass smog. It will need to pass every two years when you register it.

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being in the military you can keep your vehicle registered in a different state,also if you are getting a truck that is old enough i believe cali will allow the change as long as the engine is within the same year or newer than the truck
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I've got an 87' F250 gasser. Since it's gross weight is 8100 pounds, it's considered "heavy duty" therefore California does allow a conversion to diesel. I'm waiting for a call back from the "referee" to find out for sure. And get it in writing!!!
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Derek, call 800-952-5210, talk to Glenn. There's a lot of people who say it can't be done or not worth it. They're full of s#it, jealous and know that your truck will be badder than theirs. Good luck.
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