a body exhaust

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  1. nekkidhillbilly

    nekkidhillbilly escaped mental patient

    just curious if i can make an a body exhaust work on a 72 b body? i know the frames are similar. much cheaper to buy the jegs kit and mod it if i can.
     
  2. sean Buick 76

    sean Buick 76 Buick Nut

    It’s probably a lot easier than starting from scratch.
     
  3. Dr. Roger

    Dr. Roger Stock enthusiast

    I just went to a muffler shop and they me bent up the whole new system and they let me test the sound on 4 or 5 different muffler combos until I found the one I liked. Don't think it was that expensive. Maybe $300-400.
     
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  4. SpecialWagon65

    SpecialWagon65 Ted Nagel

    I tried a TA 2.5 mandrel bent system for an A body on a 71 Centurion. Downpipes to mufflers was workable but IIRC none of it
    worked to go over the axle. I still have the bits I cut apart. Ended up as a fail in my recollection.
     
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  5. nekkidhillbilly

    nekkidhillbilly escaped mental patient

    most places here dont use stainless
     
  6. nekkidhillbilly

    nekkidhillbilly escaped mental patient

    that answer that question then lol. so i need to look elsewhere.
     
  7. Smartin

    Smartin antiqueautomotiveservice.com Staff Member

    Ask for local recommendations on an exhaust guy. I have a guy locally that can bend up a full custom system for under $500. He’s an artist.
     
  8. nekkidhillbilly

    nekkidhillbilly escaped mental patient


    i have a few that do a good job but they dont do the stainless and such.
     
  9. Smartin

    Smartin antiqueautomotiveservice.com Staff Member

    Ain't nobody got time for stainless.
     
  10. nekkidhillbilly

    nekkidhillbilly escaped mental patient

    lord jesus
     
  11. DaWildcat

    DaWildcat Platinum Level Contributor

    I did.

    Watson Engineering in Taylor MI. $1050.oo from header gaskets to rear bumper in 403 stainless + my Borla stainless mufflers, provided.

    Of course that was 1997. I'd have to imagine the job would cost two if not three times that today.

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  12. nekkidhillbilly

    nekkidhillbilly escaped mental patient

    thats steep which is why i asked about just extending an a body. you can get a ss kit for pretty cheap for them
     
  13. cjp69

    cjp69 Gold Level Contributor

    Waldron's says they have it?

    https://waldronexhaust.com/product/1965-74-buick-v8-dual-with-2-mufflers-2-resonators/

    This listing covers 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, and 1974 Buick Wildcat, Electra, Electra 225, and LeSabre’s with dual exhaust and 4 mufflers. For Buick Riviera’s refer to 1963-74 Buick Riviera section. Excludes 1969 Buick LeSabre’s which was stock from the factory with a single exhaust system only.

    Photo depicts the stock dual exhaust for 1972 Buick LeSabre’s, Centurion’s, Electra’s, & Electra 225’s with the stock V8 455ci.

    • Dual exhaust system includes LS/RS exhaust pipes, LS/RS front mufflers, LS/RS connector pipes, LS/RS rear mufflers with short tailpipes. Metal-to-metal connection at the manifolds, no gaskets required.
     
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  14. nekkidhillbilly

    nekkidhillbilly escaped mental patient

    ok prob go with a local shop. 1400 bucks for a exhaust is crazy. the a body like 600.
     
  15. Dr. Roger

    Dr. Roger Stock enthusiast

    If you let the engine heat up and evaporate all the moisture out of the exhaust whenever you run it, then the regular pipes will last a long time. Short trips where the engine never heats up and the engine is shut off when the exhaust pipe is still dripping will kill your exhaust system.
     
  16. 436'd Skylark

    436'd Skylark Sweet Fancy Moses!!!!!

    Stainless exhaust is keeping up with the Joneses. There are much more cost effective options out there that will last a very long time.
     
  17. nekkidhillbilly

    nekkidhillbilly escaped mental patient

    most of mine die from the conditions around here i think. impossible not to get into the mud.
     

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