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Wednesday, October 11, 2006

 

More outsourced tasks

Today I picked up the Dart at the tire shop and took it over to Mighty Muffler. The fabricators there looked a little bit worried about how they'd make the exhaust fit, but in the end concluded they could rig up a 2 1/4" exhaust with a Flowmaster muffler for a little under $500. That will make it the second most expensive thing in my turbo setup after the machine work on the intake manifold. But given how much trouble I had making a jury-rigged downpipe on my cheap exhaust, it's worth it to me. I know they aren't going to have an easy time in the engine compartment.

One thing I did notice was that it looked like they wanted to route the exhaust fairly close to the spin-on fuel filter. In retrospect, maybe taking up much of the area in front of the rear axle with fuel system components wasn't quite the best idea. I may want to put some heat insulation on the exhaust or the filter, but I'll have to take a look once they get the final exhaust into place. (And if it looks like a fire hazard more than a performance threat, I'm definitely not driving it out of the shop until they fix it!)

It'll be nice not to worry about dragging the exhaust on the pavement.

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So, out of curiosity, how much have you spent on your Dart so far?
 
LOL at dragging the exhaust on the ground hehe

Yes good question Matt - still they are neat cars :)
 
eww, I hate that noise. Speed bumps are not your mufflers friend!
Sounds like it's really comming along though.
 
I wish I knew something about cars so that I could say something intelligent...I don't, though, so all I can offer is: Will you be keeping it white, or will you re-paint it? :)
 
I want to see some sort of MRI or CT scan of your brain. I really do.
 
I don't know very much about cars other than I really like it when they work! Dragging the exhaust on the ground...not a good thing!

You must really love this car in order to put so much work and effort into it.
 
I keep thinking of an older librarian I knew that drove an ancient Dart when I was in High School. They quit making them sometime before that even. Your's has to be well preserved! 35 year ago?
 
I also do not know anything about a car. All I know is about their market share in Asia. Dart is from Toyota or GM?
 
I have vivid memories of time spent in a Dart. Thanks for the trip down memory lane.

Bayou Bill
 
gas station islands aren't friends of mufflers either. trust me, my mother drove over one once.
 
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