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  • rockinhawk
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    Originally posted by mbstude View Post
    I drove the 15 miles to Summit Racing Equipment over in McDonough tonight. Even if I don't need anything I'm always looking for an excuse to go and look around. Grabbed a catalog at the door and flipped through that, then looked at the shelves of exhaust system parts. After seeing what was available at the size and length I needed, I settled on Thrush glasspacks. $55 bucks for a pair and cheap enough that if they rust out in 10 years, I can replace them without cringing. If I absolutely learn to hate the sound and want a quieter muffler, again, it's not much of a loss. I do have two layers of insulation/sound deadener on the floor of the Wagon so road noise will already be a lot quieter than stock.

    Thanks again to everyone for their suggestions. If I hate the glasspacks, it's good to have some other ideas.
    That's the same system Mitchell put on his Sky Hawk. Remember how it sounded? He said his Thrush's Came from O'Rielly's for around $30.

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  • riversidevw
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    Another vote for Don's mufflers. I have the "medium loudness" sets he makes for the Speedster oversized tailpipes on the '56 Golden Hawk as well as the Speedster. Results are actually quite different for the two engines. The '58 President has the oval long case stainless Magnaflows. I like them also, but there is a sort of roar of "white noise" at idle and low speed cruise. Doing it over again, would have gotten Don's again.

    This is a really, really subjective thing!

    Gil

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  • woodysrods
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    I run "Blanks. glass packs, cherry bombs, or what ever you want to call them on all my cars" Currently buying "Red Hots" at $18.00 each.
    Used to get "Blanks" from the local muffler shop at $1.00/inch.
    Get 8 to 10 years out of them.
    They sound great and don't take much room.
    I weld them into my exhaust system.
    Good Roads
    Brian

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  • Flashback
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    Now ya talkin'. Made up that mind in a few. When ya gonna getum on ? We gonna both have to plan a little road trip after the first and meet in the middle.

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  • mbstude
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    I drove the 15 miles to Summit Racing Equipment over in McDonough tonight. Even if I don't need anything I'm always looking for an excuse to go and look around. Grabbed a catalog at the door and flipped through that, then looked at the shelves of exhaust system parts. After seeing what was available at the size and length I needed, I settled on Thrush glasspacks. $55 bucks for a pair and cheap enough that if they rust out in 10 years, I can replace them without cringing. If I absolutely learn to hate the sound and want a quieter muffler, again, it's not much of a loss. I do have two layers of insulation/sound deadener on the floor of the Wagon so road noise will already be a lot quieter than stock.

    Thanks again to everyone for their suggestions. If I hate the glasspacks, it's good to have some other ideas.

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  • kmac530
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    I buy new work trucks and new family cars about every 6 years give or take mileage. We drive alot with commuting to work to LA or OC from the IE. I put about 50k a year on my trucks so after 6 years they are done. My family cars are not far behind with about 40k or so a year. So my trucks get replace at 5-6 years and my family cars 6-7 years. I have NEVER replaced a muffler or any exhaust component other than O2 sensors. Never a muffler, never a tail pipe, Cat, head pipe...nothing.

    Inland Cali is pretty dry and good on cars. The coast is not rust free along the beach cities, but once you are 5 miles or so in the salt air is low or gone and we live about 30 miles inland from San Juan Capistrano and over a small mountain range of about 3k feet. We do get about 14-16" of rain every year, but that is spread out from Oct- March and then a bit in June. So it is not loke we are usually ever under water. Although I lived here in the '92-93 winter year. That was the El Nin~o year and we got 32" of rain. We went about 3 weeks where we got over an inch every day for 20+ days in a row. we were definately water logged here. People were water locked around the lake in many places. We had to ford about 2' of water to leave our house in every direction. The lake was up over all of the roads around the lake. They were actually under water. It was wild.

    I have not had a problem eating mufflers here in so cal. Then a Cherry bomb is only 30-50 bucks so even if I needed to replace them they are really cheap and I LOVE that raspy, rattly sound that just says 60's. That is why I want them. I am fully aware they are by far NOT the best exhaust system, but sometimes COOL out weighs performance, as long as it is not by alot.

    I appreciate Jack and everyones input. I am always fine with you guys expressing your concerns and doubts about my choices, and I have had a few changes of heart based on the input here, so feel free to continue to let me know the cautions of my choices. That is why I am here and read alot on this site.

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  • 58PackardWagon
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    I always go with Midas. They are guaranteed for the life that you own the car. Many of my cars sit. Moisture works from the inside out and sooner or later I get a free muffler.

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  • cultural infidel
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    Originally posted by aarrggh View Post
    How about skipping the muffler and going with something like this .. But in stainless of course . . . . .

    so much going on here. got any more pics?

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  • 1962larksedan
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    Originally posted by PackardV8 View Post
    Compared to the eastern half of the US, nothing rusts in SoCal, whether from the inside-out or outside in. The east coast guys can't believe the older cars still used as drivers in SoCal. East of the Misssissippi, most Studebakers and most '50s-70s cars, such as the '65 Mustangs were rusted through and in the scrap yards in three to five years. Many '60s-'70s cars are still being used as drivers out west. And yes, even mufflers rust from the inside out more quickly in the east.

    His car, his money, his decision to go with Cherry Bombs. Those who factor rust into the equation will buy something made of stainless.

    jack vines
    Same way here in most of Arizona. A couple of years ago I had a 1964 Ford Falcon with its original muffler.

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  • aarrggh
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    How about skipping the muffler and going with something like this .. But in stainless of course . . . . .

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  • Corvanti
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    Originally posted by PackardV8 View Post
    Those who factor rust into the equation will buy something made of stainless.jack vines
    given my location now, i wouldn't buy one that wasn't stainless.
    the "salt air" of course isn't as bad as "salt roads", but it tore up a pt cruiser i owned when i lived oceanfront for a year. i'm now about 1 mile from the coast, still not good...

    but now i have the time to "remedy" most corrosion.

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  • PackardV8
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    and Kelly, i would not dispute Mr. Vines' knowledge on cherry bomb rust, (and i'm ass-u-ming he means from the inside out), "but" a few of my friends in the ol' so-cal days had them for their rides, and had no problems. of course we didn't keep our cars very long back then.
    Compared to the eastern half of the US, nothing rusts in SoCal, whether from the inside-out or outside in. The east coast guys can't believe the older cars still used as drivers in SoCal. East of the Misssissippi, most Studebakers and most '50s-70s cars, such as the '65 Mustangs were rusted through and in the scrap yards in three to five years. Many '60s-'70s cars are still being used as drivers out west. And yes, even mufflers rust from the inside out more quickly in the east.

    His car, his money, his decision to go with Cherry Bombs. Those who factor rust into the equation will buy something made of stainless.

    jack vines

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  • studebaker-R2-4-me
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    Originally posted by Bob Andrews View Post
    See, this is the same problem I'm having. I want to go the easy (and trusted) route and buy Don's mufflers too. Problem is, I don't have any way to determine which one I prefer.

    Two things I do know: One, individual opinions on tone and acceptable volume vary widely with individuals. Two, the same materials can sound completely different on different brands, different engines, even different bodies and weights. Put that together, and there's no telling what to do... you pays yer money and you takes yer chances, I guess.

    I'm trying to increase my odds of getting just what I want the first try. Near as I can guess, my only hope is to hear some in person, and the ultimate would be to get a ride in 'em. It's one of my main objectives for the IM this year
    Bob, I would well imagine that you will be at the International Meet this year, I will be there with my Hawk which has Don's Medium Tone mufflers on it and I will be happy to take you out in my Hawk. I like them and would not want them any quieter or any louder. Don suggested them when I bought my 2" exhaust system because I am running a R2 Engine. Caroline's Lark Convertible has the quiet tone mufflers with the smaller pipes. Her car is too quiet for my taste but not for her's. I have to say that I love gearing down and running full out under bridges and tunnels, I believe nothing sound nicer than a Studebaker engine with good sounding mufflers.

    We will have to team up in South Bend, just leave me a note on my Hawk and let me know where you are running about.

    Allen

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  • Corvanti
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    hard to tell with mufflers on audio or video with sound on a 'puter. a few years ago i listened to some i was thinking about purchasing on my laptop - the sound was like an early 60's transistor radio - quite "tinny". put the same on my daughter's 'puter with a 200 watt sound system. i thought i was back at the winter-nationals in pomona, ca when i was a mere yout'...

    maybe if the recording, listened to with a "decent" set of speakers, made inside the car going from zero to 70mph, would help. nothing better than hearing for yourself, inside the vehicle and out.

    and Kelly, i would not dispute Mr. Vines' knowledge on cherry bomb rust, (and i'm ass-u-ming he means from the inside out), "but" a few of my friends in the ol' so-cal days had them for their rides, and had no problems. of course we didn't keep our cars very long back then.

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  • okc63avanti
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    You probably don't want what is on my avanti ... Flowmaster Series 40 2 chamber - they are called aggressive !!!!

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