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BuhBye older Delicas…you can’t register them any more in Maine (is this the start of scary and problematic new trend?)

Heading Out

Adventurer
CA has been working to get ALL older vehicles off the road for years with
the buy back and cash for clunker programs.

The 25 year rule is also, for the most part a no go in CA because there are
other laws that make it next to or totally impossible to get an imported
vehicle titled and registered.

This week I read there is talk of banning ownership of pick up trucks if it is
not used for a business, I don't think it will happen, but the fact that there is
talk bothers me.

Back on track, I suppose the real question is, What was the version of the
Delica sold in the US classified as? Seems to me the imports should be in
the same class, even if they are not equipped with the same emissions,
bumpers etc.
 

Thirty-Nine

Explorer
Back on track, I suppose the real question is, What was the version of the
Delica sold in the US classified as? Seems to me the imports should be in
the same class, even if they are not equipped with the same emissions,
bumpers etc.
The Mitsubishi Van/Wagon from 1987-1990 was run through federalization, so it'd have the FMVSS decal, which means it'd pass Maine's annual inspection. It seems that this decal is the golden ticket in Maine.

Apparently owners of ex-military Humvees are also getting letters about deregistration due to lack of FMVSS decals. But there are a lot of vehicles that might not have this decal. I believe (not 100% sure) that the FMVSS decal thing started in the late 1960s. So I don't know how Maine would get around that with older vehicles unless there was documentation somewhere that stated the vehicle in question was sold on the American market.

But keep in mind, the country of origin probably doesn't matter. Euro-spec Land Rovers, Land Cruisers, Aussie-spec vehicles, etc.: No FMVSS decal, no registration in Maine. At least that's how it seems to be.
 

plh

Explorer
The Mitsubishi Van/Wagon from 1987-1990 was run through federalization, so it'd have the FMVSS decal, which means it'd pass Maine's annual inspection. It seems that this decal is the golden ticket in Maine.

Apparently owners of ex-military Humvees are also getting letters about deregistration due to lack of FMVSS decals. But there are a lot of vehicles that might not have this decal. I believe (not 100% sure) that the FMVSS decal thing started in the late 1960s. So I don't know how Maine would get around that with older vehicles unless there was documentation somewhere that stated the vehicle in question was sold on the American market.

But keep in mind, the country of origin probably doesn't matter. Euro-spec Land Rovers, Land Cruisers, Aussie-spec vehicles, etc.: No FMVSS decal, no registration in Maine. At least that's how it seems to be.
Basically no such thing as FMVSS before 1968.

And you can't swap on a FMVSS decal from a 2WD NAS Van to a Delica being the decal is tied to the VIN. Unless you are thinking that committing a felony isn't so bad.
 

Heading Out

Adventurer
In the 80's there was also a program that allowed an individual a lifetime one time exemption
to import a vehicle that was not US spec. I had a friend who brought in a BMW635CSi

There where also lots of companies bringing in vehicles and modifying them to comply with
US emissions regs. known as the grey market. these got the sticker. However many
manufacturers did not support them by refusing to sell euro spec replacement parts
at US dealers, Mercedes for one.

Here in Idaho the Japanese Kei trucks are driven around as farm equipment. they need
a red triangle low speed sign and cannot be driven on state highways.
I know that wouldn't work for the Delica, just pointing out how states differ.

I see the NMA is also aware, they where a large part of getting the national 55mph speed
limit law repealed, so this is a good thing.
Owners of all vehicles with the FMVSS should contact Maine with their opinion.
 
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