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Old 12-14-2012, 11:36 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Muffler fell off. Fixed it.



I was driving along in my truck yesterday, when I heard a "clunk" and my engine got real loud.

I pulled a U-turn, picked my muffler and half my exhaust system off the side of the road, and headed back home by way of the auto parts store.

An hour later and $15 worth of auto parts, I had a working exhaust system again.

I had a welder and a angle grinder with cut-off wheel, and knew how to use them.

I actually had the tools, skills, and experience to fix a car right in a short amount of time and not much money at all.

Felt pretty good about that.

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Old 12-14-2012, 11:38 AM   #2 (permalink)
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That makes you a "Car Guy" !!!!!

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Old 12-14-2012, 11:42 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Nice job! I fixed mine the other day as well. It was being held on by a coat hanger....
I finally had time to remove the coat hanger and install the bracket.

I had 1 problem:
The original bolt holding the brackets together was roughly 4" long. The bolt my bracket came with was 2" long... I attempted to unscrew the old bolt and the head broke off.

Fix: I saw an empty paint bucket, cut off the metal handle, and wrapped that in a few circles where the bolt was supposed to go! Good as new!
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Old 12-14-2012, 11:44 AM   #4 (permalink)
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THere really is no better feeling/sound than fixing a exhaust/muffler noise problem.
It's always anoying and usually loud. And usually is easy/cheap to fix.
AND sounds SOOO much quiter!
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Old 12-14-2012, 12:17 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Old 12-14-2012, 12:39 PM   #6 (permalink)
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The passing of time gave you thousands of $ worth of boy-racer loud exhaust for free, and you threw it all away!
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Old 12-14-2012, 12:50 PM   #7 (permalink)
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One of my favorite exhaust finds was a very nice mandrel bent all welded Tempo system that unfortunately had the cat torched out of it. I bought a 1' section of exhaust pipe for- what- $6? (one end had to be expanded) to weld in, to mate up with my existing cat. That was quite a few years ago and it's still holding up fine.
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Old 12-14-2012, 12:51 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Thanks guys!

Actually, when I got to the auto parts store, the one clerk was outside just finishing his cigarette-break. So he knew right away what I was at the store for.

"Sounds like a Hemi", he said of my truck, sans exhaust system.

When I test drove it AFTER the repair, it sounded to me like an import car!

I was just glad I was able to do a good/cheap/fast repair! Hey, how often do you get all three!? It's usually pick two!

Besides the exhaust, I have a number of other issues with this truck. I'm just trying to keep it going until I can get my "SuperTruck" Hybrid rolling!
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Old 12-14-2012, 01:13 PM   #9 (permalink)
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When I use to inspect vehicles back in the 90s all you had to have was the pipe a little futher back than the cab of the truck. You didnt want to see if it improved performance and or fuel economy?

Before I got a friend to weld me up a straight pipe exhaust in place of my muffler on my insight I unbolted the muffler and drove it around a bit. It wasnt that much louder and gave more low end torque, plus a nice deep throaty sound.
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Old 12-14-2012, 01:18 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Your muffler didn't just fall off. That was your truck trying to tell you it wants to be an EV!

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