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Re: [Tigers] FlowMaster too loud?

To: "Teepen, Jere" <jteepen@usatoday.com>
Subject: Re: [Tigers] FlowMaster too loud?
From: Steve Laifman <SLaifman@SoCal.rr.com>
Date: Fri, 16 Jan 2009 13:13:12 -0800
A bit remembered:

When I purchased a 1941 Ford Convertible  I had "GlassPacks" (or 
CherryBombs" installed.  It wasn't TOO loud.  "GlassPacks" were the 
muffler of the era, and regularly blew out the fiberglass stuffing and 
became VERY loud.  


My 1951 MG-TD had a "GlassPack" and a "cut-out" exhaust pipe swapper to 
a straight through pipe.  The "cut-out" was a bolt on from the Pep Boys, 
and would leak through the "sandwich seal".  Had to replace it with a 
simple "Y", and put a large plumbing plug at the end of the tail pipe. 
OK when through the GlassPack, and multi-loud with the straight pipe.

My 1954 XK120M had the factory exhaust with dual muffler cores inside a 
single outer wrap, and twin exhaust systems for front and rear 3 
cylinders all the way to the rear.  NON "M" versions had only one 
muffler, and later XK140 models had separated exhausts.  The 120M set-up 
was the BEST sounding ever.

So, to answer the question "How loud is too loud?", there ARE 
authorities on the subject.  They usually have the same first name - 

Most municipalities, and even states, have "noise abatement" regulations 
and significant fines requiring proof of "fixing" at an authorized 
repair station.  I know, I've met them.  In the early days they seemed 
to hate "foreign cars" and hot-rods.

As I dimly recall, 110 db is the max allowed by statute.


Steve Laifman
Editor - TigersUnited.com

Teepen, Jere wrote:
> If you would like to hear these mufflers go to the following link:
> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qPzD8HHP-ww
> The recording on youtube was courtesy of Tim Ronak and was recorded the CAT
> Dyno Day in March 2008.
> Jere Teepen
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