Reply to "Sticky #4: Pantera Exhaust Systems"

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Originally posted by David_Nunn: Kelly, Your 180's are the nicest I've ever seen. Quite awesome! That being said and knowing you, I'm not at all surprised.

Thanks for that David. Very nice of you to say. You have a high standard and it shows on your car.
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You didn't happen to make more than one set, did you???

Heh, heh. It’s a fairly unique combo. I do have an impressive collection of short stainless straights left over from cutting all the mandrel bends.
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If you're looking for exhaust tips, try Fabspeed in PA.

I took a quick look at their site. They look like a very capable full service shop but I wasn’t able to home in on any tips. I’ll take a closer look later in some of their OE sections. I was just thinking something simple like straight through 3” I.D, 4” OD scrubble packed (maybe repackable?) resonators. The total active length of the mufflers is a little short and I suspect they might be a little on the loud side. Another 6-8” of resonator length might mellow that a bit, especially given they point at the ground. I couldn’t find anything suitable so I was going to roll up a piece of perforated stainless and rollover the lip on the outer piece, but for now, I just stuck the tail pipes on their so I could attend to other matter’s to keep things rolling. Given they come off easily at the VBands, it can be easily attended to at any time before I mode the AC opening cover.
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So what's next?

Building EFI looms, sourcing fuel system components, and completing induction system air flow components. I’ll need to do a little work to isolate the rear cylinders from exhaust heat. When I get to install, I’ll need to come up with some inserts or novel treatment for the vacant mouse holes where the Ansa cans use to reside. My current thinking is to keep the mod reversible.

The Fontana Engine is at Dave McLain’s shop and is just going back together now. He has one of the water brake style dynos and can accommodate the headers being installed while testing so that’s kind of a nice fringe benefit.

Take care,
Kelly
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