I think I may finally take the plunge and get the ole' Cooga tested....again! Some of you already know about the bad carb saga that I went through for three months. I cannot recommend the purchase of a rebuilt Holley carb from Holley. So, I talked with my mechanic yesterday. I was concerned that now that my carb is right and the valve job is done that I would still fail due to a horribly mistreated catalytic converter. He assured me it was still very functional. He assured me that even though on the last test the HC was still high that the CO was low and that confirms the functionality of the cat. I'm very cheap. Frugal is my mantra. I still have the first penny I earned in 1968. So, week after next I'll spend the $60 for the emissions check. Wish me good fumes when they sniff my pipe. I'm on a mission to get my Cooga parked with the "classic" Cougars at the Fabulous Fords Forever show in Buena Park, Ca. on the 19th of April. In a follow up to this in Hemmings Classic Car magazine the mechanical wonders article this month is about emissions controls and what they do. The interesting part to know is that at idle there are no controls functioning except for the catalytic converter as it's in the exhaust stream. The A.I.R pump is bypassing at idle. The EGR is closed. There's nothing except the cat in play at idle on a carberated car without a engine management computer. This is the hardest part of the test if the car is not in fine tune with a good properly adjusted carb. My mechanic has given me a couple of hints to assist in passing. 1. Set the idle a bit high. In California up to 1,100 rpm is acceptable. Mine is now set at 750 vice 650. 2. There's a +or - 3* allowance for the timing over what's correct for the car. He says set in no advance over what the manufacturer setting is. NONE. Advance creates more HC and CO. Mine is at 12* advance and I'll back that off to 8-9* advance. My car is supposed to be at 10*. I actually saw this on my wifes car. Her's was also supposed to be at 10*. Her's was at 14* advance. At 14 her HC was 80 at idle. When the timing was set back to the proper 10* the HC went to 8. A huge difference for just 4* off from the factory setting.