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Scott
07-14-2006, 01:48 PM
I was convinced that my 66 Cruiser still had an exhaust leak, but the shop that did the last work said they think they took care of it and another mechanic I took it to said he couldn't seem to find any leak, but I still get strong exhaust fumes when I drive the car - expecially when I accelerate. The trunk has several rust holes (some are more than 1 or two inches across), and I have no cover over the gas tank sending unit.

The question I have is, is it possible that there is no leak but that aerodynamics are bringing exhaust into the car after it exits the exhaust pipe?

Mike Van Veghten
07-14-2006, 01:58 PM
Yes it is possible.
The farther out the back the better.

It just depends on the car shape. You've seen big black marks on older (leaded gas) cars, the bumper, etc. It depends on a lot of things.

Easy thing to do to test it all....duct tape all your holes up and go out for a cruze. Then get out the welder and make some patches.

Good luck.

Mike

Dick Steinkamp
07-14-2006, 02:28 PM
Exhaust can also get into the trunk (and the cockpit) via a failing trunk seal. There is a low pressure area behind these old cars that will tend to allow exhaust gas into every potential crack.

If you can smell exhaust while driving the car...STOP DRIVING IT UNTIL YOU ARE SURE YOU HAVE IT FIXED. Carbon Monoxide is quite deadly. You can get very cheap CO detectors ($3-$4) at wood stove sales places or pilot shops. When you think you've got it fixed, get one of these detectors and take it for a ride.



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curt
07-15-2006, 07:48 AM
I have the same problem, it is the trunk seal. I have good gaskets in place. Tape the trunk with masking tape to seal, if problem is gone you know the exhaust source. Windows down , I have no problem.

Scott
07-15-2006, 10:13 AM
I even can smell it even with a window down and wing windows open. The seal on the trunk lid is so-so. I've noticed the smell tends to be a little better if I keep the right vent closed (the knob under the dash). The left one doesn't seem to make much difference.

gordr
07-15-2006, 10:14 AM
quote:Originally posted by Scott

I was convinced that my 66 Cruiser still had an exhaust leak, but the shop that did the last work said they think they took care of it and another mechanic I took it to said he couldn't seem to find any leak, but I still get strong exhaust fumes when I drive the car - expecially when I accelerate. The trunk has several rust holes (some are more than 1 or two inches across), and I have no cover over the gas tank sending unit.

The question I have is, is it possible that there is no leak but that aerodynamics are bringing exhaust into the car after it exits the exhaust pipe?


As the others have said, rust holes in the trunk, and the trunk lid seal can contribute to your problem. Also, you have a '66. This year, and this year only, the Stude sedans had "flow through" ventilation. There were slits in the package tray beheath the rear window, and vents incorporated in the tail-lamp housings. THOSE vents incorporated a rubber flap, which acts as a one-way valve, supposed to permit air to EXIT the car at that point, but never enter. Those rubber flaps could be, and probably are, either broken, or curled up and stiff, and no longer doing their job.

Check the Stude vendors; I think this item is being reproduced, or perhaps NOS ones can be had. With a little effort, you could cut your own from a suitable piece of sheet rubber.

If I remember right, you can open the trunk, and see the rubber flaps through the holes in the rear body panel where the tail lamp assemblies attach.

Hope this helps.

Gord Richmond, within Weasel range of the Alberta Badlands

Scott
07-15-2006, 01:23 PM
Thanks Gord,

Yes, I considered the little flaps in the taillight assembly. They are both there and working the way they should. I'm going to try covering all the holes in the trunk with duct tape. I also have a couple rubber mats I might set over the holes, too. Then I'll give it a try. It's so hot here today (almost 100 degrees), I'm not looking forward to cleaning out the trunk, but I probably will, since I have the time today.

Guido
07-15-2006, 02:05 PM
Several years ago I took my '62 Hawk to a local tractor show. While there, I bought a small display cabinet and only had room for it in the trunk. Due to its size, I could not close the lid and could smell exhaust the whole way home. I will vouch for Dick's comments.

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Scott
07-15-2006, 09:26 PM
I taped over the holes and took the car for a drive. I'd say at least 90% of the exhaust getting in the passenger area is gone. I'll keep my fingers crossed. Thanks guys!