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Re: Mexican M Adventure Venture
« Reply #30 on: May 23, 2018, 21:29:49 »

Navy Seal training?? What are you talking about? Are you buying cars or buying something else?

It's just Mexico.
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Re: Mexican M Adventure Venture
« Reply #31 on: May 23, 2018, 22:01:06 »

In the tourist traps it's not so bad, but Zeta or Cartel del Gulfo in the back country concerns me. :blink:
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Re: Mexican M Adventure Venture
« Reply #32 on: May 31, 2018, 13:36:54 »

Yeah. Unless you are buying and selling something else then you're not on anybody's radar.
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Re: Mexican M Adventure Venture
« Reply #33 on: June 12, 2018, 10:09:47 »

This map says give up on Mexico.
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Re: Mexican M Adventure Venture
« Reply #34 on: November 26, 2018, 14:44:43 »

81 Magnum factory 360.
I know because the engine is not EPA approved, can't bring the car over the border.

WRONG.

If the car is 25 years old or older, it is EXEMPT from EPA and DOT requirements.  It is however NOT exempt from individual STATE requirements.  California would be an example of a state where you'd have a terrible time trying to get the car titled and registered and smog checked.  New Mexico, Arizona, Massachusetts, New York would be a few more states that make it REALLY tough to get imported cars road legal.

So starting in January, everything 1994 and older is fair game.

So that includes every F/M vehicle down there, all the stick shift Chevy Celebrities, all the Rambler/AMC/VAM craziness, and the Fairmonts.  So many Fairmonts.  Oh, and Malibus.  Remember the Iraqi Taxis?  That's something you'll see down there too, 78-83 Malibu coupes and sedans and wagons and pretty much every single one with a 305/350 combo or a 305 with a 3-speed manual.

Something else you'll learn about 70s-80s-90s Mexican market vehicles.  To be sold in Mexico, they had to be built in Mexico with an engine made in Mexico.  You will find Slant Six and 360 powered Chryslers but NEVER a 318 unless it was imported from the USA.  You will find V6 powered Chevy Celebrities but never a 4-cylinder, because those Iron Dukes were all made in Canada.

20.6 pesos to the dollar exchange right now.  So if you see a car listed on a Mexican website for $50,000?  That's a $2500 car.  So look at the price, cut it in half, take off a zero.  Kinda like we OUGHT to be able to do with all the $10,000USD Fifth Avenues here in the States.
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Re: Mexican M Adventure Venture
« Reply #35 on: December 06, 2018, 01:12:57 »

WRONG.

If the car is 25 years old or older, it is EXEMPT from EPA and DOT requirements.  It is however NOT exempt from individual STATE requirements.  California would be an example of a state where you'd have a terrible time trying to get the car titled and registered and smog checked.  New Mexico, Arizona, Massachusetts, New York would be a few more states that make it REALLY tough to get imported cars road legal.

So starting in January, everything 1994 and older is fair game.

So that includes every F/M vehicle down there, all the stick shift Chevy Celebrities, all the Rambler/AMC/VAM craziness, and the Fairmonts.  So many Fairmonts.  Oh, and Malibus.  Remember the Iraqi Taxis?  That's something you'll see down there too, 78-83 Malibu coupes and sedans and wagons and pretty much every single one with a 305/350 combo or a 305 with a 3-speed manual.

Something else you'll learn about 70s-80s-90s Mexican market vehicles.  To be sold in Mexico, they had to be built in Mexico with an engine made in Mexico.  You will find Slant Six and 360 powered Chryslers but NEVER a 318 unless it was imported from the USA.  You will find V6 powered Chevy Celebrities but never a 4-cylinder, because those Iron Dukes were all made in Canada.

20.6 pesos to the dollar exchange right now.  So if you see a car listed on a Mexican website for $50,000?  That's a $2500 car.  So look at the price, cut it in half, take off a zero.  Kinda like we OUGHT to be able to do with all the $10,000USD Fifth Avenues here in the States.
My understanding is federally it is 35 years- which most importantly is when it would be exempted from US crash test safety issues commonly seen by foreign market vehicles. In California you'd have to add all the emissions equipment like cats a US vehicle of that model year would have had. What a lot of people have done from my understanding with those vehicles is legally they can absolutely be imported for off-highway usage, and then afterwards they get registered with lenient state gov'ts who are the ones that actually have the authority to register but not the will to care if the vehicles are actually legal to. I'm in no way suggesting fraudulently claiming that you won't try to register it. These cars are more accurately like "grey market" cars than vehicles like early Skylines that would have no analog to use parts of in order to meet all emissions and crash test standards.

The worst case of an '80s model car made contemporary to a similar model in the US that had to meet California standards and US emissions/crash test standards should basically mean the bumpers, the cats, the air pump, the emissions carb, computer, EGR, and maybe doors.

They made lots of 318s in Mexico- the A body Darts had 318 4 barrels even. What they didn't get (like most export markets) were 340s. For whatever reason with the 360 they started having domestic production most places they legally could for the export cars- but I think most South American MoPars never got 360s. One of those Chargers or a Dodge GTX convert would be neat to import.
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