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    I have been approached by a individual from Australia about buying my 56 wagon. As Everyone knows the drivetrain has been changed to a 98 LS1 . he droove it twice and says he has an interest. Now he has come back saying to get it into Australia he will need to put all the emissions back on it. Really not a big deal as all that is missing are two catalytic convertors and two rear o2 sensors and bolt on the old pump. My question is how do they inspect it. Is it visual or with a scanner. I know the next challange is when he starts lowering the price to cover these cost. Anyone have an answer for this. Also he mentioned he could ship to New Zealand first and then in and no need for any emmissions. Am I just wasting my time or what. Also really not trying to sell it BUT if the right money comes it will be going on a boat ride. Don't worry SDC members already have another feild car in site (Studebaker of course) to replace it. I look at it this way, I can put one more on the road.

    1956 Studebaker Pelham Wagon Houston, Texas
    Remember, \"When all is said and done. More is always said then ever done.\"

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    Beware I had a car that was going to go to New Zealand and they have tough laws about imports. Special permits and limited number of cars each year. good luck

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    • #3
      Ummm...if he wants to buy your car for a certain price, then it would be up to him, not you, to get the car to the point where he could import it. Of course, once the agreed amount deal is reached, then any adjustments are on his dime, and you might be able to do them yourself as a favour to a nice buyer, or a fee decided by you, or point him to someone who will do it. I don't think that you should pay for the parts---unless, of course, you already have these parts on hand after removing them previously, for example, and feel like giving them as a freebee. Again, it is his choice if he wants to import it to New Zealand first. Methinks he is perfectly suited to be a Studebaker owner as he has already read the CASO Handbook (International) <ggg>

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      • #4
        It is a modified car. I do not understand this requirement of his. Does it have to meet 1956 or 1998 or some other standards for emissions?

        In any event, you should have cash in hand before making any changes. Can you just include the parts that you have inside the car when it is shipped and have him make whatever changes are necessary?

        Hopefully, someone from Australia that is familiar with the requirements will chime in with a good definition of this seemingly weird requirement for a modified car.
        Gary L.
        Wappinger, NY

        SDC member since 1968
        Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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        • #5
          I think he would have problems bringing a modified car into Australia regardless of emissions controls, I've been told pre 1989 cars that have been modified after 1989 will be denied import approval unless they meet 2010 "Australian design rules" which I doubt it will, but if it did he would get a bill from the government for 20% (10% duty + 10% Goods and services tax) of what he's paid you for the car. (This is simply what I've been told, so please don't take it as fact).

          http://www.asrf.org.au/docs/Import-Bulletin-001.pdf

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          • #6
            Probably a dumb comment, but can you ship the car in a container and the engine in a crate as separate entities. They don't match so it's merely a car and a different engine.

            Bob

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            • #7
              thanks for all the response. All conversion expenses is on his dime and his time. I amNOT doing anything to the car.. Any part I took off that I kept goes with the car. He said if the engine was pre 1989 no problem. I like the idea of just removing the engine and shipping it by itself. I have told him the car is for sale in Houston Texas, everything is on his dime. I don't put much hope on this ever working out.

              1956 Studebaker Pelham Wagon Houston, Texas
              Remember, \"When all is said and done. More is always said then ever done.\"

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              • #8
                I deal with a few people from Australia, what is his name? I might know him or I can ask my friends down under and get the right dope.
                Candbstudebakers
                Castro Valley,
                California


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                • #9
                  I will get his name for you. This sale is being done through a classic car company that sells high end cars. They are honest people and I have used them before. All I know is he owns a shipping company. Go figure.

                  1956 Studebaker Pelham Wagon Houston, Texas
                  Remember, \"When all is said and done. More is always said then ever done.\"

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