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  • Exhaust: Muffler recommendations for '54 "hot rod" coupe with '62 289

    Earlier this year I started a thread about an engine swap of a '62 289 into my '54 Starlight coupe. Well the "new" engine is now in place. See picture (the air cleaner will be replaced with a cast aluminum Offenhauser bonnet connected to the original '54 dry element air cleaner). The car will have dual exhausts exiting under the rear bumper. I have the new pipes from Parks Pipes. I would like to install mufflers that will make it sound like a hot rod without overly antagonizing the neighbors. The pipes are 2" inlet and outlet. Can anyone recommend mufflers that will really sound good?

    Thanks,

    Pete
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    Pete R
    Woodbridge, VA
    1954 Studebaker Commander Regal Starlight Coupe with '62 289 and 4-speed
    1964 Studebaker Avanti R5083 R2 4-speed with 4.09:1 Twin Traction

  • #2
    We don' need no stinkin muffler!

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    • #3
      Set of Spin-tec's would sound nice.

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      • #4
        My 52 has duals, but didn't install them so I'm no help. Your engine is nice.
        "In the heart of Arkansas."
        Searcy, Arkansas
        1952 Commander 2 door. Really fine 259.
        1952 2R pickup

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        • #5
          I bought a pair of the Dynomax, "Super Turbo" mufflers for my (hopefully) soon to be daily driver 54 wagon.
          http://www.dynomax.com/mufflers/super-turbo-mufflers
          I bought these for the same reason you mention...good performance while not waking the dead.

          Mike

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          • #6
            I have tried an AeroTurbine muffler:
            http://www.aeroexhaust.com/mufflers/...ium-sound.html
            with satisfaction. A bit spendy, but it will muffle a Mazda Rotary without burning out, and that's saying something! It will last, has nil back pressure, sounds good, and is pretty small for what it does.

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            • #7
              I've got Flowmasters on mine with 2-1/2 inch pipes. Makes it sound big. I love the music it makes.
              sals54

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              • #8
                Youtube is your resource. Look up the mufflers you're considering and search for videos of people running their cars simply to hear the sound whatever muffler they have makes.

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                • #9
                  what are you looking to spend?
                  Spintec sounds awesome but is HIGH dollar. Flowmaster 40 series is a 2 chamber design and sounds nearly the same but cheaper. Flowmaster 10 series is a one chamber design so its louder.
                  There are tons of Flowmaster 40 and 10 series copies out there for CHEAP and I cant honestly find anything wrong with them.
                  Jones Exhaust Full Boar has copies and there are plenty of people running them
                  This is a Single chamber "10 series" design
                  http://www.ebay.com/itm/311411841325...%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

                  They also have a round 2 chamber design that I am wanting to try.
                  It kinda looks like a glass pack but is a chambered muffler.
                  http://www.ebay.com/itm/161682539784...%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

                  Summit brand also has the 2 chambered flowmaster design for 30 bucks per muffler.
                  I just cant see paying 90 bucks each for flowmasters when you can get the same thing for a fraction of the price.

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                  • #10
                    I have Flowmaster Performance mufflers on my 77 Cutlass, 350 with 2" pipes. Very mellow with a nice rumble when you get on it.

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                    • #11
                      Mufflers? Weee don' need no Steenkin mufflers....

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                      • #12
                        Nothing wrong with the old glass packs, either. And they aren't too fat, so it's easy to find room for them.
                        Gord Richmond, within Weasel range of the Alberta Badlands

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                        • #13
                          I like the DynoMax Super Turbo mufflers. Nice and quiet low rumble at idle and "normal" driving. Have a good cackle when you get in it and start pushing the RPM.
                          Dis-Use on a Car is Worse Than Mis-Use...
                          1959 Studebaker Lark VIII 2DHTP

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                          • #14
                            One word, need not look any where else. "Smithy's"

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Mrs K Corbin View Post
                              Mufflers? Weee don' need no Steenkin mufflers....
                              Bet! Stuff in a steel sink scrubber lodged behind a bolt to keep it in place for the po-po.

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                              I liked the sound of the Jones mufflers, I have to say.

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