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That's very common of the federal government...have multiple and contradictory laws in place simultaneously.  The are federal rules regarding income that state income under a certain dollar amount does not need to be reported on your tax returns.  There's also federal rules that state all income must be reported.  Take your pick when filling out your tax returns.

The feds are masters of the game of "If you can't dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bullish!t!"

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New York State inspection (annual) requires that all original emissions equipment be installed and functioning.  You may find an inspector that doesn't know what should be there, but that does not make it legal.    

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IRT to Gary's post above regarding New York rules: I understand that a number of states have similar regs.  Unfortunately, some of the parts needed to make those early emissions systems function are no longer available.  I have a 70 Camaro that has a premium-gas 350 in it that uses a transmission-controlled spark arrangement (only get full advance in 4th gear) to reduce emissions.  Several of the parts of that system, such as the solenoid, have been NLA for decades.  They still come up on ebay now and then, but for outrageous prices.  The Corvette restorers have driven the prices through the roof.

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Skip...are you sure that solenoid isn't available as a reproduction part?  The reproduction parts aren't usually as good as original GM but they do serve a purpose for otherwise unavailable parts.

You might also go to a Chevy dealer and have them check their national computer and see if any are sitting on the shelf at some Chebby dealer in the sticks somewhere.  When I had a '78 Vette L82, I needed a a/c kick up solenoid for the carburetor which was specific to that year and model.  The local Chevy dealer looked it up...the part number had changed before it was declared obsolete.  They found about a half-dozen dealers across the country that had them still on the shelf.  I called the closest one (in PA) and talked to the parts manager.  He said he had two and they retailed for $90 each.  He said if I bought both to clear his shelf of dead merchandise I could have them for $35 each shipped.  I took them both...installed one and sold the other on eBay for more than the two cost me.  I've since seen them available now as reproduction parts.

Give that a try.

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Bruce --

You may very well be right -- I haven't checked in several years, so my info is probably out of date.  I had that factoid in my head from when I was dealing with the DC DMV on whether to exempt historic vehicles from emissions inspection.  It was a handy data point to throw down on the table, but may no longer be true.  Thanks for the suggestion -- I will pursue an OEM one first, just in case I can repeat your good fortune.

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