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fly103 Gold Member Tim Markle
LA, USA   USA
I am restoring a 59 Bugeye that I am putting a 1275 engine in. I don't have any of the exhaust system, and would like to get one ordered for my fit-up of the drive line. My question is should I order the exhaust for the 948 engine bugeye so it fits the car, or the 1275 midget, and make it fit[?/b]

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Perdido Gold Member Rut Rutledge
Tuscaloosa, AL, USA   USA
Tim,
My Bugeye has a 1275 with a header and I went to the local mom and pop muffler shop and they bent a piece of pipe for me. I think it was $20 total plus my cost for clamps. I'm running a Harley take off muffler which makes it quiet and looks good. They are usually free at the dealership. It's a very simple exhaust system to begin with and I would say match it to the performance of the engine.
Rut

Donwmiller Don Miller
ROCK HILL, SC, USA   USA
The small bore engines use a smaller diameter pipe.The header and larger pipe would be a better setup for the 1275.Like Rut, i had a shop make up the pipe from the header to the muffler.

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jlpor John Parker
Portland, OR, USA   USA
I just did the exhaust on my 1275. I bought the LCB header from the winner's circle and had it ceramic coated. I also had a local shop cut the new pipe ($30).


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jlpor John Parker
Portland, OR, USA   USA
Forgot to mention, I also have the original 1275 exhaust manifold if you want to go stock.

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Dayton, OH, USA   USA
John,

You've posted Spridget Porn again. Looking good.

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fly103 Gold Member Tim Markle
LA, USA   USA
I was thinking of staying with the stock manifold. Would the header make that much difference?

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Perdido Gold Member Rut Rutledge
Tuscaloosa, AL, USA   USA
Tim, I understand the the stock exhaust manifold is actually better than some of the cheaper headers being offered. I think mine are Pacesetter brand and I'll be upgrading to an LCB version when the time comes.
John, love the Midget porn...keep it coming!
Rut

bugeye18438 Steve Goldfarb
Lakeville, PA, USA   USA
I recommend an RC 40 single box muffler, LCB header (there are several styles and prices available) and 1 5/8" stainless exhaust pipe. I have this set-up in my 1961 1275cc Bugeye and it makes a positive difference.

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Donwmiller Don Miller
ROCK HILL, SC, USA   USA
I am running a header of unknown vintage, 1 1/2 pipe back to a stanless muffler. Sounds good at full song.

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fly103 Gold Member Tim Markle
LA, USA   USA
I bought a pacesetter muffler, and a new front exhaust pipe from moss. I have the original exhaust manifold mounted to the engine now and thought I would try to mate everything together. I am building the car for my wife, and want it to sound good and have reasonable power and speed, but reliable and consistant performance. I think the setup I am using will be good. If Ya'll think I'm doing something wrong, or could do something better, let me know. I am getting close to ready for setting the drive train up, so now is the time if I need to change something.

bugeye18438 Steve Goldfarb
Lakeville, PA, USA   USA
I tried a pacesetter muffler in my bugeye... Be prepared, it is very loud.

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Lrob143 Larry Roberts
Fairfield, CT, USA   USA
For my re-build I used stock exhaust pipe from Moss and found s 1 3/4" in/outlet Thrush muffler that I adapted. The engine # was removed and everyone agrees it doesn't run like a standard 948. It probably was modified by the PO. The carbs are a bit oversized too. It sounds awesome! I'll post a pic when get to my PC.

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Lrob143 Larry Roberts
Fairfield, CT, USA   USA
Attached pictures of the Thrush attached to a standard 948 exhaust pipe.


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pop5948 Silver Member Wayne Telman
Townville, SC, USA   USA
Larry,

Your undercarriage photos seem to show an access panel with four fasteners. Is this an access panel that allows one to get to the forward U-joint (lube access)? If so, would you kindly supply the necessary dimensions (e.g., plate size, fastener dimensions, fastener locations)? I would like to make a similar modification on my Bugeye.

Thanks,

Wayne

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