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I have a 1979 GMC pickup 1/2 ton I need to know what was on this vehicle for Emissions. I have already installed the cats and have an EGR valve to install but what else would I need

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1979??' you sure it doesnt have any emmisions controls this didnt come in till 1992

Posted on Sep 06, 2010

  • jfclark47 Sep 06, 2010

    Thanks for the question back Wiz, I can just go by what I have been told and that is it requires Cats, EGR valve and a charcoal canister, what else I do not know

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    Colin Stickland Sep 09, 2010

    Sorry but iam in europe and our regulations are different obviously ,we didnt have emmision controls till 1992 ,although i do remember building pinto engines in fords of dagenham UK in the early 70s and the pinto engine did have a lot of equipment that the engines destined for the home market didnt have ,also the home market engines had a lot higher compression ratio as well .Sorry i couldnt help but if you ever buy an old europeon vehicle as a collector item and need help iam your man but american home market vehicles ?? Havent a clue to be honest but the faults are the same so diagnostics isnt a problem its just when i get asked wheres this or that on a saturn or something ?? well never seen one in my life except on TV ,but if they ask about a honda or hyandai then their all the same now europeon and american models except for the software ??? DONT GO THEIR ours are all encrypted which makes them dealer only .No questions tonight on fixya though after 11 hours of graft today i will answer some returns and that all .

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