[Healeys] Exhaust systems

Bob Spidell bspidell at comcast.net
Fri Jun 3 16:07:13 MDT 2022

Bad welds on aftermarket exhaust systems are, unfortunately, 
commonplace. I doubt you'll get relief from your supplier.

Fixing issues like this are one of the reasons I bought a cheap MIG 
welder and got into welding. I actually 'fabbed' my BJ8's exhaust with 
pipes from a defunct ANSA system and some glasspacks from JC Whitney. 
The welds ain't pretty, and it doesn't sound 'Healey,' but it don't 
sound bad (people think I have a V8 under the bonnet).

On 6/3/2022 12:36 PM, Stephen Hutchings wrote:
> I bought an entire new stainless system for my BJ8 last spring.
> I was determined to start with all new parts after some frustration with my old system.
> Since installing the new system,I’ve been struggling with leaks somewhere in front of the two main muffler/silencers…assuming of course that it was the connections there.
> Today I decided to stop assuming and found that the welds on the down pipes to the flex pipe were leaking quite noticeably…imagine my chagrin!
> I could actually hear it.
> I’ve fired off an email to the supplier, so I’ll let you know who they are when I’ve received a reply and heard what they have to say.
> All this is to say; it shouldn't be necessary, but if anyone is ordering a new exhaust system, I would quiz them about how carefully the welds are checked…I mean it has to be gas tight or why bother?!
> I’ll keep you posted.
> Stephen BJ8

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