[Healeys] Stainless exhaust again

llennep at verizon.net llennep at verizon.net
Tue Jun 14 09:49:49 MDT 2022

I too bought a BJ8 49 years ago and it came with Ansa.  The innards were blown out after not too many years so it became essentially a straight exhaust.  Finally replaced the pipes from mufflers on back and badly deteriorated resonator.  But kept the Ansa tips (with decal) and had them added to the new pipes.  It goes now from muffler straight back on left side.  Sounds a bit different but I like it.

-----Original Message-----
From: Bob Spidell <bspidell at comcast.net>
To: rfbegani at gmail.com; healeys at autox.team.net
Sent: Tue, Jun 14, 2022 11:06 am
Subject: Re: [Healeys] Stainless exhaust again

 I think the Ansa/Ferrari sound is attributable somewhat to the chrome tips, which are essentially little glasspack mufflers.
 On 6/14/2022 4:55 AM, rfbegani at gmail.com wrote:
 _filtered {} _filtered {}#yiv6542438087 p.yiv6542438087MsoNormal, #yiv6542438087 li.yiv6542438087MsoNormal, #yiv6542438087 div.yiv6542438087MsoNormal {margin:0in;font-size:11.0pt;font-family:sans-serif;}#yiv6542438087 a:link, #yiv6542438087 span.yiv6542438087MsoHyperlink {color:blue;text-decoration:underline;}#yiv6542438087 span.yiv6542438087EmailStyle18 {font-family:sans-serif;color:windowtext;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;}#yiv6542438087 .yiv6542438087MsoChpDefault {font-size:10.0pt;}#yiv6542438087 div.yiv6542438087WordSection1 {} 40 plus years ago when I bought my 67 Healey, I purchased a stainless steel exhaust package from Moss and never had a problem with the system. They must have had a good supplier then.  However, it spent a lot of time in the garage as I traveled around the world selling Stuff.  When we bought our retirement home in Florida in 2009 the Healey was trucked there,  has lived in our garage and spent lots of miles on the road until the engine was pulled and rebuilt 3 summers ago.  At that time, I looked carefully at the exhaust system and found no cracks or rust.  By the way, I did not like to see the ss pipes and mufflers under the car, so I painted them heat resistant black years ago.  After a power wash, I repainted them again with heat resistant black paint before reinstalling.      The only repair was the hangers in some cases had separated from the rubber, so I drilled a hole in both the hanger and the rubber and installed SS screws in all of them to hold them together a trick I learned from this forum several years ago.    Yes, the flex pipes and the connections were leaking exhaust for the first 1,000 miles and slowly quieted down as I used exhaust pipe compound when assembling the system. Otherwise, they are fine.  Unfortunately, the exhaust sound is not that of a Ferrari. I believe there is nothing in the muffler or the resonator which gives the car a nice rap when shifting gears.  Maybe my exhaust system will last another 10 or 20 years in Florida.  Oh yes, while I do go to the 7/11 from time to time, fill up the tank, I turn on to the Tamiami Trail where in a few miles I can be up to 65 MPH and the engine is hot all the time for a 40-mile round trip in the county.  Keeps the old girl happy and me also.    The old girl is up on the rack with high pressure in the tires and sleeping in the Florida garage for the summer presently while I am enjoying cooler temperatures and sailing in Lake Michigan.    Best regards to all,     Bob Begani    
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