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I know the MCA concours rules aren't too restrictive regarding mufflers but I don't want to get tripped up in any way. I need to buy a new muffler for the coupe and was looking for some suggestions as to what to get. The rest of the exhaust system is fine and only needs to be detailed. Also, since the 289 is going to the machine shop later this week for cleaning and rebuilding I'm thinking of boosting its performance while keeping it concours in appearance. Any suggestions?

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i don't have any performance recommendations, sorry.

the no-name mufflers are the best, but you may want to keep an eye on ebay. i have seen NOS mufflers on there sell for under $100. If you e-mail Pete, he should be able to look up the correct part number if you think you might want to look for an NOS muffler.

If the pipes are painted, i would suggest you replace them. brush painted exhaust system on a concours car just doesn't look right.

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Thanks, I'll contact Pete about the number. The pipes were painted (sprayed not brushed) and they looked great until the trip home. We have to remove all of the surface rust, and what little paint remains. I only put them on the car about three years ago so if we can restore them, I'd prefer that. The muffler, however, has too many dents for my taste.

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"I'm thinking of boosting its performance while keeping it concours in appearance"

Next, you'll say, "Maybe just a little nitrous" *hehe*

Are you trying to improve your lot-to-trailer times? *just kidding*


Does MCA look down on aluminized exhaust, cause it's good forever. No detailing required.


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Now it begins..next you'll be tubbing the rear, dropping in a 502 crate motor, and have flames painted along the sides..*sheeeesh!

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Sure, why not? If it was offered during 1968, I'll just change the data plate and it will be okay. *LOL* Well, maybe not the 502....

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You know, Laurie, I wasn't going to tweak you about the "keeping it concours in appearance" performance boost, but the crack about the data plate overcame my pitifully poor resistance. /forums/images/icons/laugh.gif

If you modify the engine, it's no longer original and, by a definition I seem to have heard in the recent past, should not be in Concours. Unless, of course, it's the "appearance" of originality that counts. /forums/images/icons/shocked.gif

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"Cam" that 289. You know the saying. "There's no such thing as too much cam, only not enough motor"

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I just wanted to have some fun and liven the forum up a bit. No, I'm not really planning on modifying the 289 any, it would be just too tempting to try it out and there would go all my hard work on the detailing. However, my friends have suggested that I should put a high-volume oil pump on it. Whatcha think? *G*

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As Charles mentioned plus make an effort to

1. make the system look consistant when it comes to the finishes.

2. make there are not reducers or spacers inthe system (often installed to make a no-name muffler work)

3. As always make it better than the rules require. A car that demonstrates that the owner does more than just the minimum provides the judge with a better feeling about the overall condition and correctiness of the car. Also keeps the car competitive for a longs time in my experiance

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