Exhaust Advice Needed 1

Oct 22, 2017 8:36 PM - 1113 Views Create A New Thread

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Rosharon, TX

Exhaust Advice Needed
I have a hole about the size of a quarter in one of the mufflers on my Skyliner. I went to an out of town auction a few weeks ago, in Marietta, and of course the ride home was getting a little louder as I got nearer to home. This car has the exhaust that runs through the x-frame. Waldorn has a nice system, and they have optional muffler tones. Waldron wants $120 to send it to me from Michigan to Ohio, so the system already is kinda pricey, and in my mind, that puts it over the top.

Classic Exhaust (Geneva, OH) has a comparable system that comes to my door $145 less.

My local independent exhaust dealer can't bend a system up for me, they "don't have a card" for the older cars for their mandrel tubing bender. They said they can make up something custom, but admit that the kit is the way to go. They said they would be happy to receive my drop-shipment, and then install my system. Did you catch that "my system"... They want at least 3 hours at $90 hr (or more like 4 hours) to install it. I have already spun the nuts on the exhaust manifold studs off, (and they know this). $270 - $360 plus tax seems like a lot just to let the thing fall in the floor... I'm not trying to be cheap, but geeze the thing isn't an all morning job. It could be for me, but not in a muffler shop. (3 hr minimum)

So, does anyone have experience with these kits? Do they slip together neatly, or am I going to have to "adjust" stuff, and / or drive it together? How hard is it to get the correct pipe through that hole in the x-frame on a Fairlane, if I put that pipe in first? Oh, and I really just want to let the rear-end hang, not remove it.

I'm pretty handy, have a cutoff tool that will go that deep, all the clamps are loosened up, and the hangers are good. I'd like to hear about every one's experiences. I'm smart enough to know that if I only wanted to replace one piece, I'd be taking it to the shop - no question.

FYI: I have some vehicles that have stainless, and since this system lasted about 15 or 20 years, I'm not inclined to spend the extra cash on stainless. You can't even see it, so it'd be more inclined to spend the difference on something that has a cool-factor. Something like a tri-power, or LED tail lights.

Speedway admitted to me that their house brand chambered mufflers are pretty loud. Besides, I hear they fit pretty loose. I always appreciate Speedway’s' honesty when I deal with them. They are first class.


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  • GeneF
    Aug 26, 2018 at 5:53 PM

  • Just to close this... The finished product had to go back. When I pulled it out of the garage, to work on a different project, I could hear a leak as I passed the overhead door casing. A couple welds were tacked, not finished. Plus, there was a clamp that was resting on the x-frame which simply needed to be rotated. Can't get anything done right! This is why I prefer to do almost every thing I can myself.

    I ended up not using Flowmasters, and used Magnaflows. Glad I did too. Sounds mostly normal, that is until you get down on it, then you can "hear them pipes". Just what I was lookin for sound wise.

  • bella34
    Aug 16, 2018 at 11:43 PM

  • You are right Jim that sharp flex pipe worked for just about anything Willie Moore StreetRodding.com

  • jimmothershead
    Aug 16, 2018 at 7:38 AM

  • Back in the day flex pipe from Hi Gear, high tech stuff.

  • tazhog54
    Aug 13, 2018 at 8:10 PM

  • how far are they from Kalamazoo,Michigan as going there in Sept. can drop of in Ohio

  • jgregory21
    Aug 13, 2018 at 4:49 PM

  • They must not have any common sense, or just don't want to mess with an old car. The shops in this small town did it with my guidance on my '33 Plymouth back in the mid. 90's. Also the same for my '39 Chevy. Coupe. Also a ' 1941 Ford Pik Up.

  • will547
    Jul 24, 2018 at 9:21 PM

  • The old days when folks actually knew what you needed and they knew how to find it. Willie Moore

  • scooting
    Jul 23, 2018 at 12:19 PM

  • Something is wrong here! Remember when you go to the parts store and the clerk has to have year, car, and model to look up a 327 thermostat gasket? If it ain't in the computer, he quits and looks at you like you are dumb for not knowing those exact things. Sounds like your muffler man fits the same bill. Believe it or not, there used to never be patterns for every car, any exhaust jockey would go under your car perhaps with a length of wire and come out, bend up a pipe that fits. You need a older muffler shop. I just had mine done on my 40 with shorty headers that placed the outlet right on top of the steering. He welded up some mandrel bends and sipped everything in there. A custom dual exhaust runs $450 complete. Because I did not like his normal brand of mufflers (I supplied big Borlas) in exchange for him supplying the 12 inch exhaust tips. Beautiful job, sounds great yet quiet on the road. If you can't find a good local shop, look out of town. You are in Texas with plenty of places to choose from. Ask around!

  • GeneF
    Jul 22, 2018 at 7:16 PM

  • I wish I would have let my local muffler guy make something up from scratch. Live and learn...

  • GeneF
    Oct 26, 2017 at 5:31 PM

  • I though of that, and they are busy enough that that isn't going to get mne anywhere. I guess that's a good problem for them to have.

    Besides, I'm not that crazy abt leaving my car there for days on end. A little too convenient to take a take a cool car to pick up lunch...

  • tazhog54
    Oct 25, 2017 at 9:17 AM

  • If your not in a hurry , tell your muffler guy to use it as a filler when he's slow to work on it and cut the price in half ! May just work as it does a lot of times !!

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