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Hey fellas, if I had a 99 Teg body and drop a 96 Civic motor in there, is that illegal?
 

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Try you're states emission site.... duh?

Quote: From the site ENGINE SWITCHING

At some point during the lifetime of a vehicle it may become necessary to replace the engine. There are certain guidelines to follow when replacing a vehicle's engine so that the effectiveness of the emission control system is not degraded. Preferably the replacement engine should be identical to that of the original engine. However, the replacement of an engine with that of one within the same engine family may be made as long as the engine/chassis combination conforms to the same or newer model year with regard to all emission-related parts, engine design parameters, and engine calibrations. An example of engines within the same engine family would be the Chevrolet V8s of 283, 305, 327, 350, and 400 cubic inch displacement. Also, replacing an originally installed V6 engine with a V8 engine may be made if either of the engines along with the engine-specific emission controls are used in that model vehicle by the manufacturer for retail sale.

Engine switching involves replacing the original engine on a vehicle with an engine from another manufacturer, or replacing the original engine with one from the same manufacturer that was never installed on that model vehicle. Federal law prohibits any person from removing or rendering inoperative any emission control device installed on or in a motor vehicle or motor vehicle engine. Such persons are subject to civil penalties as a result of tampering with the emission control devices. Engine switching is considered as being a form of tampering since the resulting engine configuration departs from the original design requirements for the emission related parts, engine calibrations, and other design parameters in place at the time of U.S. EPA emission certification for that vehicle. Enforcement action is generally not taken for engine switching at the state level, but a vehicle with tampered emission controls resulting from engine switching will likely fail emissions testing and will not be able to be registered.

For vehicles that have had the engine switched, the model year described by the chassis Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) will be considered as the model year of the vehicle. For a given engine displacement and vehicle weight, the emission standards applicable to a vehicle with a switched engine undergoing vehicle emission testing will be determined by the model year assigned to the chassis; not the model year of the replacement engine. You should be aware of this provision if you are contemplating switching an engine of a newer vehicle with an engine from an older vehicle.
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