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Monday, July 6, 2020

Loading and Shipping Vehicles for Mad Max Fury Road : Container Shipping from the US to Australia

M811 6x6 trucks loaded and shipped to Australia along with many other vehicles and bodies for Mad Max Fury Road, back in 2009. It was a long time from when we shipped all these vehicles, until the movie was released.   Check out this video from Mad Max Bible.

It doesn't look like it will fit.
Wheels removed
Sliding one of the M811’s into a 40 foot high cube container

34 Chevy  body.  Some people have said that this body was a Ford, but it was a Chevrolet. Check out a few more 1934 Chevrolets.  https://barnfinds.com/all-original-barn-find-1934-chevrolet-coupe-deluxe/

Monday, June 29, 2020

Navistar settles air quality violations for $2 million

Navistar settles air quality violations for $2 million
Settlement includes $1 million to fund new air filtration systems in Southern California schools

SACRAMENTO – Truck manufacturer Navistar Inc. has paid $2 million to resolve allegations that it altered heavy-duty vehicle engines from their certified design, potentially causing excess diesel emissions and negatively impacting air quality.

The Illinois-based company modified its vehicle calibrations from their certified design through “running changes” in the engines of its heavy-duty trucks without notifying the California Air Resources Board that the changes were being made, as is required. The undocumented running changes were implemented on new vehicles in production and were also deployed to post-production vehicles in the field. An undocumented running change is an unauthorized change to a previously approved engine design, and is considered a violation because of its potential to affect engine performance leading to increases in smog-forming and toxic emissions. The violations were discovered during routine engine testing by CARB.

“Engine modifications are allowed when they are disclosed up front and fully evaluated to confirm there are no negative emissions impacts,” said CARB Executive Officer Richard W. Corey. “These design changes by Navistar differed significantly from what was approved for sale. The high penalty reflects how seriously we take this type of activity and underscores that efforts to circumvent the rules will be discovered and never end well for the manufacturers.”

The company was cooperative throughout CARB’s investigation and agreed to pay $1,013,400 (50%) to the Air Pollution Control Fund to support air quality research. The remaining half will be paid to the South Coast Air Quality Management District and will be used to install and maintain high-performance air filtration systems in Southern California schools, especially those located in disadvantaged communities disproportionately impacted by air pollution.

Diesel exhaust contains a variety of harmful gases and more than 40 other known cancer-causing compounds. In 1998, California identified diesel particulate matter as a toxic air contaminant based on its potential to cause cancer, premature death and other health problems.

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Public Hearing to Consider Proposed Procedures for the Exemption of Add-On and Modified Part(s) for On Road Vehicles/Engines

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The California Air Resources Board (CARB or Board) will conduct a public hearing at the time and place noted below to consider approving for adoption the proposed Procedures for the Exemption of Add-On and Modified Part(s) for On Road Vehicles/Engines:

DATE:                July 23, 2020
TIME:                 9:00 a.m.

Please see the Public Agenda for the meeting location and/or any appropriate direction regarding a remote-only Board Meeting as necessary, which will be posted ten days before the July 23, 2020, Board Meeting.

This item will be considered at a meeting of the Board, which will commence at
9:00 a.m., July 23, 2020, and may continue at 8:30 a.m., on July 24, 2020. Please consult the agenda for the hearing, which will be available at least ten days before July 23, 2020, to determine the day on which this item will be considered



CARB staff is proposing amendments to replace the “Procedures for Exemption of Add‑On and Modified Parts” which was adopted on November 4, 1977, and amended on May 19, 1981 and June 1, 1990.  The “Procedures for Exemption of Add-On and Modified Parts” provides a pathway for aftermarket parts manufacturers to receive an exemption from the prohibitions of section 27156 of the California Vehicle Code (VC) for add-on and modified parts or other modifications that affect emissions. 

The “Procedures for Exemption of Add-On and Modified Parts,” last amended on June 1, 1990, provide staff the tools to work with aftermarket parts manufacturers in the daily processing of submitted exemption applications; however, there have been many changes in the design of new vehicles and engines since 1990.  Accordingly, staff is proposing new “Procedures for the Exemption of Add-On and Modified Part(s) for On‑Road Vehicles/Engines” (procedures) to improve the exemption process in light of these changes. 

The new procedures will clarify and streamline the processes associated with a VC section 27156 exemption.  They will facilitate compliance by making the process easier for manufacturers to submit applications, conduct necessary testing, and receive exemptions, potentially resulting in some cost savings on a per application basis. However, the new procedures may increase the total number of applications required by an aftermarket parts manufacturer to cover its whole product line, possibly resulting in no cost savings for the manufacturer overall.  Notwithstanding, faster turnaround on staff review and approval is expected to result from use of the new procedures, providing a pathway for manufacturers to bring products to market faster. 

Inquiries concerning the substance of the proposed procedures may be directed to the agency representative Mr. Richard Muradliyan, Air Resources Engineer, at (626) 575 6798 or (designated back-up contact) Ms. Jackie Lourenco, Branch Chief, at (626) 450-6152.

The Notice, ISOR, and all subsequent regulatory documents are available on CARB's Rulemaking webpage.

Written Comment Period & Comment Submittal

Interested members of the public may present comments orally or in writing at the hearing and may provide comments by postal mail or by electronic submittal before the hearing. The public comment period for this regulatory action will begin on June 5, 2020. Written comments not physically submitted at the hearing must be submitted on or after June 5, 2020, and received no later than July 20, 2020. Comments submitted outside that comment period are considered untimely. CARB may, but is not required to, respond to untimely comments, including those raising significant environmental issues. CARB requests that when possible written and email statements be filed at least ten days before the hearing to give CARB staff and Board members additional time to consider each comment. The Board also encourages members of the public to bring to the attention of staff in advance of the hearing any suggestions for modification of the proposed regulatory action. Comments submitted in advance of the hearing must be addressed to one of the following:

Clerks' Office, California Air Resources Board
1001 I Street, Sacramento, California 95814

Electronic Submittal

Please note that under the California Public Records Act (Government Code section 6250 et seq.), your written and oral comments, attachments, and associated contact information (e.g., your address, phone, email, etc.) become part of the public record and can be released to the public upon request. 


Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Why Gas Engines Are Far From Dead - Biggest EV Problems

Why Are Car Makers Still Developing Internal Combustion Engines?
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Why are car manufacturers still improving and spending money on combustion engines in the year 2020? Should all development research be going into electric cars and electric vehicle technology? Unfortunate news if you think ICE transportation is going away in the near future to be solely replaced by electric vehicles (EVs).

The internal combustion engine is still incredibly relevant today, and can still use further improvements in order to reduce global emissions. In this video we'll discuss scientific issues facing electric cars, environmental problems with ditching combustion engine research, how cost impacts customer decisions and manufacturer profits, and ultimately how consumer choice plays a large role in this industry. If you've ever wondered why combustion engines are still being developed, this video breaks down all the details.

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