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Posted 27 December 2008 - 08:38 AM

does anyone make side pipes for a 71 bird/400?

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Posted 27 December 2008 - 08:44 AM

Is that your ride?
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Posted 27 December 2008 - 08:48 AM

I don't know of any, but I hear those things can burn the hell out of ya if your not careful getting in out of your car.
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Posted 27 December 2008 - 09:09 AM

no haha this is my ride
http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z267/usp55/IMG_3951.jpg

but making a list of all parts and i would like to find some side pipes

Yea bob, i would assume they would make quick work of my leg but they look great IMO
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Posted 27 December 2008 - 11:25 AM

I don't know who might make them.
Back in the 70s and 80s they were very popular. My Brother had a set on his 69 Mach I. I've had a couple friends that had them on their Vettes. Another Brother had a set on his '23 Roadster. I had a couple of close calls burning my legs on the things.
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Posted 27 December 2008 - 12:50 PM

I think i remember seeing a kinda kit in jegs, worth a shot to check out
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Posted 27 December 2008 - 01:11 PM

Don't know if they still make them new, but every so often, some will show up on ebay.
May have to get them rechromed.

Good luck finding them.

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Posted 27 December 2008 - 01:17 PM

oh i fully expect to have to refinish them (jethot) especially if they are just painted. I will have my eyes open but if anyone sees a set please, please let me know. Thanks.

oh most ponch v8s are the same size headers correct - 326-455 interchangeable etc is what im trying to say. right?

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Posted 27 December 2008 - 01:55 PM

as far as rechromeing, the shops wont do old exhaust b/c the stuff comes loose in the tank and screws up the liquid. jet-hot is ok for that though. Thought I might mention it in case you buy off e-pay, oops I mean e-bay!


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Posted 27 December 2008 - 02:39 PM

Just make sure you get "D" port headers.
The round port headers are for the Ram Air II, IV, and both the 455 HOs and the 455 SDs.

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Posted 27 December 2008 - 03:37 PM

Yours will look that way some day anyhow did you check Rock Auto....
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Posted 27 December 2008 - 03:53 PM

thanks for the vote of confidence Mel. Just checked Rock and nothing.
its gona look nice just a little more aggressive ( if i getthe side pipes
This color:
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Gloss black Stripes like this one over the flat black:
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With these cragers/tire combo 295's 245's/60's on 15's:
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Posted 27 December 2008 - 04:03 PM

yes they still make side pipe kits 55 inches is what you will need for a second gen bird i will try to find the a site to where i found them but i seen them in a catalog the kit i was checking out it wont matter if you are using stock manifolds or headers
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Posted 27 December 2008 - 07:36 PM

Any good exhaust shop should be able to build exactly what you need. Where are you located? I use Mufflex here in NJ, and they can build anything you want, including mandrel-bent tubing up to 4" diameter.

http://www.mufflex-performance.com/

You might also consider adapting the repro side exhaust systems that you can buy for the 63-67 Corvettes. Its a chambered pipe - eliminating the need for a muffler - with an aluminum cover to protect you from being burned.
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Posted 27 December 2008 - 07:53 PM

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I also see these
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Corvette-Ca...bayphotohosting

seem like a nice touch thats functional. I just need the headers now lol. probably have been looking for about 2+ hours tonight and nothing. not even a thread with a similar desire on any forum.
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Posted 27 December 2008 - 08:45 PM

the more i lookinto this and the more i look at my reference pic and the other pics of that car those side pipes are not "real." They are from Patriot Exhaust and its a system that hooks up to the headers.

http://store.summitracing.com/partdetail.a...mp;autoview=sku

what do u guys think about such a setup. Looks good to me but kind of deceiving in that its not real side pipes. Would make it easier to "H" pip the system though. Has built in chambered muffler and they sell the heat guards. Let me know what u think of them.
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