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Seeking advice on where to take my 66 mustang for asbestos testing and removal prior to import to Australia.
I currently live in Northern Virginia.

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Hmmmn. It might be cheaper to simply replace the brake pads and shoes, and 2 exhaust donuts with new stuff, retaining the "non-asbestos" documentation.
 

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Yes, brake shoes/pads. My brother is semi retired and works at an O'reilly store now. There is a guy who is from Austrailia who comes in all the time to buy brake pads to install on cars they are shipping. The place is called Bosskraft. Pretty sure they have a website. Maybe you can get some info from them.....


Yea, www.bosskraft.com is their site.
 

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my '66 Galaxie 500 went to Australia 2 years ago. No testing or abatement asked for here. don't know what was signed off on over there.

But it got where it was going without a hitch.

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Australia also mandates that the car must be converted to right hand drive as well. It is a very expensive proposition to import a 60's muscle car into Australia.

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I love Australia and Australians, but unfortunately their country has become a socialist mecca. It's not what it used to be...just ask any Australian. I don't know how Australians put up with it today knowing who they are and their background country history. European socialism has bled down into a wonderful country.. It's only going to get worse too until Australians start fighting back like people in the U.S. Australian people are a lot like Americans... Today, They could take some lessons from them. It's just a damn shame..

Unfortunately, This move with Asbestos does not surprise me in the least...

Asbestos inspections??? Get real. It's a total joke..and just a scam for the Australian government to make a buck on poor Australians like some U.S. States do on Vehicle Emissons. It's all a money making revenue scam..

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Australia also mandates that the car must be converted to right hand drive as well. It is a very expensive proposition to import a 60's muscle car into Australia.

Pat

Hi ,
not entirely correct. That was the case years ago...

If a car is 30 years old then it can remain Left- hand drive . I left my 65 Fastback as is when i imported mine. Luckily the Asbestos laws were not in affect when mine came in.


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Original head gaskets were asbestos, but they wouldn't check there, or would they?
The excellent Australian YouTube channel Mighty Car Mods had this exact problem.

They recently imported a Datsun 240Z and had to remove the engine, gearbox, etc to avoid this problem. They could have got around this, but they would have had to spend a lot of money on inspections, etc. The inspections would involve taking things apart to check them ( engine, gearbox, etc ). And there is the red tape and still the chance of getting large fines. So they decided to just remove the running gear as they wanted to swap it all out anyway for more modern stuff.

This video covers their experience with this ( 5:40 - 13:18 ).

 

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I shipped off a little over a dozen samples on my 69 for asbestos and didn't find anything. You can buy the kits off Amazon. There certainly are some parts though that are well known to have asbestos in them like brake shoes, clutches, gaskets, etc however many of those original parts are long gone... in other words they've been replaced in the last ten years. My undercoating did not have asbestos but I only tested one area.

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Asbestos is all through a classic car fan shrouds, heater boxes, carpet backing & a lot more.
Go ahead rip up that old carpeting or grind on your fan shroud, don't forget to have all the kids out there with ya. They'll be thanking you in 30 years for a great life lesson.

This isn't a joke I watched my dad die from Mesothelioma it's a long slow painful death & yes his death certificate states cause of death Mesothelioma. We found asbestos products in his basement kiln bricks, drywall mud, welding blankets, there's more than lead in some paints, etc.

We couldn't sue just a couple companies we ended up initially suing 92 by the time we were done we sued 122 companies. This was before congress setup the trust fund limiting the value of your life to only $1,000,000 total compensation. Not one company went to court they all had settled 1 week before trial.

Asbestos in cars - In every mans garage - Asbestos Global


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"..... This isn't a joke....."
thank you Bob for this message. It's a reminder for us not to have a knee-jerk reaction to all government regulations. Yes, many of them could be better implemented, but they are there to help protect people, not to make easy on companies to skirt their responsibilities.

My (favorite) aunt died as a result of one of the smog inversions in Los Angeles during the 1950's. Despite the negative feelings of many automobile enthusiasts regarding the car pollution laws, the stringent rules California now has in place have resulted in cleaner air despite the 10 fold increase in the number of vehicles that now use the highways compared to the 1950's.

To me, the California strict emission rules, and the resulting cleaner, and breathable, air mean my aunt didn't die for nothing.

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Yes, Bob, thanks for the information. I never thought about some of those potential sources. As you may recall, I'm going through it with my Dad now. Sadly, he's finding now that many of the offenders are out of business and out of money, so law suite money is dwindling all the time....
Thanks to Moodster, I'm going to buy a kit to check the Vermiculite insulation I have in my attic, the house was built in 1945.

Oh Yeah, be careful what you grind on even with new products. Asbestos is still used ( in limited quantities) in some products sold in the US.
 

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These new import laws to Australia have only just been implemented, everything from sound deadener, carpet backing, headliners, clutches, brakes, engine components and even exhaust flanges and mufflers. The list is long and you would be surprised what they think asbestos is in.

If a car gets randomly inspected once landed here, it will be stripped apart looking for asbestos.
The problem is, it will be put back together at the buyers expense. The cost could be as much as the cars purchase price.
There is an eerie feeling when us Aussies start thinking about importing your classics now.

There are many people emerging now that do these authorised asbestos inspection before they leave the motherland for a fee of course, but that feeling of a random inspection is always there.
 

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Australia also mandates that the car must be converted to right hand drive as well. It is a very expensive proposition to import a 60's muscle car into Australia.

Pat
Sorry that is incorrect.
Many years ago that was true but now we can leave them as left hand drive either on full registration or Historic rego.
 
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