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Old 09-19-2006, 18:49   #1 (permalink)
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Question Taking my BA to the States

I'm moving over to the States next year, and I'd love to take my BA XR6 with me - I've spent hundreds of hours on it and I really don't want to sell it, so I came up with this crazy idea of taking it on tour in the USA.
Has anyone done this before? Even better, is anyone currently in the US who would be willing to help?

The car currently conforms with all the DOT requirements, but I can't get figures on emissions requirements from the EPA. Any clues?
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Old 09-20-2006, 07:22   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Taking my BA to the States

The BF was built to the latest European Union emissions requirements, but not sure about the BA. Sorry I cant be more help.

If youve got a custom exhaust though, factory emissions readouts wont mean much anyway, youd need to get tests done.
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Re: Taking my BA to the States

Thanks panadown - I think it might be just a matter of getting a different catalytic converter - the standard BA one doesn't meet the requirements, but I've got no idea what one I need to get.
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Old 09-26-2006, 00:12   #4 (permalink)
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Re: Taking my BA to the States

How about one from the BF?
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Old 09-26-2006, 05:24   #5 (permalink)
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Re: Taking my BA to the States

How long will you be stateside?

You will have registration issues in relation to RHD. Head lighting in relation to low-beam in particular will also be an issue, being RHD you will need to mask a portion of each headlight to prevent glare reflecting into oncoming traffic.

Visit the online DOT in the state you'll be based, download their driver manual to familarize yourself with the different driving reality.
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Old 09-27-2006, 00:42   #6 (permalink)
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Re: Taking my BA to the States

Hello,

There are a number of Aussie Falcon's there already. It seems easier to register a RHD there than LHD here. XAXB Interceptor Have a look here, the owner is a good bloke. He has links that may help also.

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Old 10-02-2006, 00:49   #7 (permalink)
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Thanks guys - I'm doing a bit more digging.

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How about one from the BF?
Thought about that - it turns out the US emissions requirements are even tougher than the EU requirements. I'll post the model numbers of anything I find that is suitable.

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You will have registration issues in relation to RHD. Head lighting in relation to low-beam in particular will also be an issue, being RHD you will need to mask a portion of each headlight to prevent glare reflecting into oncoming traffic.
That's already sorted. I've had custom inverted headlight lenses made that I'll fit once I reach the states. California requirements state that I must have the necessary headlight modifications to make the car roadworthy.

I'll post more info when I can - and I'll get onto the interceptor mad max bloke too.
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What happens when you finally get the car registered over their, you go to take it around the block for a drive and the shit heap dies in the middle of town. You wont be doing ford any justice.

Make sure you take a lot of spares, a trusty old shifter(adjustable spanner), fuel tin and box of matches a must!!

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Old 10-07-2006, 01:22   #9 (permalink)
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Shit heap? Die?
Not likely.

Importing parts is the easy bit - it's importing the car itself that is the problem.
The shifter already has a home in the boot - not sure where to hide those matches, tho...
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Shit heap? Die?
Not likely.

Importing parts is the easy bit - it's importing the car itself that is the problem.
The shifter already has a home in the boot - not sure where to hide those matches, tho...
Take it over there and make em drule go aussie
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