Exhausting questions

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Model T Ford Forum: Forum 2013: Exhausting questions
Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By michael grady on Saturday, July 20, 2013 - 02:24 pm:

Two quick questions:

1. Should I put any sort of sealer between the exhaust pipe leading into the muffler and the muffler itself?

2. Is there a particular reason to spend money on the special wrench that tightens the nut that holds the exhaust pipe to the exhaust manifold, or can I just use giant channel locks?

Thanks guys!

Michael


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Peter Claverie on Saturday, July 20, 2013 - 02:40 pm:

A sealer should not be necessary, but the guys at Midas use Permatex. Don't know why - maybe makes it easier to get off later, when their lifetime warranty makes them replace it.

The only reason for the special wrench is the physical size of a Channel lock big enough to fit the nut. Its length makes it mighty unwieldy. But, no, there isn't any particular reason to spend the money if you can do it with what you have.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Royce in Dallas TX on Saturday, July 20, 2013 - 03:34 pm:

You won't be able to apply enough torque using channel locks because the more torque you apply to Channel Locks the more squeeze they place on the nut. The nut seems tight, but it isn't. You can read about people who keep having to tighten the exhaust nut, or who have to jury rig some sort of keeper to prevent the nut from falling off. Those guys are using Channel Locks.

My grandfather made his own using a piece of 5/8" steel plate and a band saw.





Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By George Clipner-Los Angeles on Saturday, July 20, 2013 - 04:30 pm:

I find the wrench handy and worked better then anything dad left me. And when engine was warmed up you can give the nut a little more snugging. Works easy from inside pass. compartment with floorboards removed.
Besides, in L.A. it can be deployed for self defense.
George n L.A.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Kenneth W DeLong on Saturday, July 20, 2013 - 04:59 pm:

Proto Used to make a high quality adjustable wrench that should do many other jobs and last your lifetime!Even if you buy used,buy quality! Bud.PS/BS,I have lots of tools 45 years old.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Frank Harris from Long Beach & Big Bear on Saturday, July 20, 2013 - 06:55 pm:

To answer your question. No do not use any sealer. The Model T fame is made so that it can twist on bad roads. This twisting motion allows the header to slide in and out of the muffler in a sliding manner. If you locked it the pipe or the muffler would crack or split or bend. So Don't do it.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By michael grady on Saturday, July 20, 2013 - 07:49 pm:

Thanks guys! Appreciate the advice.

Michael


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Chester Leighton on Sunday, July 21, 2013 - 08:36 am:

I'm a cheep skate but I bought the exhaust wrench from Langs and it changes a 45 minute cussing match into a 5 minute job done right with no wear and tear to the exhaust nut. I also use the clamp that holds the nut in place. I don't have exhaust leak problems. My Dad doesnt use either on his 17 and at least twice a summer has to fiddle with the exhaust nut.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By John Zibell on Sunday, July 21, 2013 - 08:49 am:

Chester, you should loan the wrench to your Dad. Didn't you borrow his tools once upon a time?


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Chester Leighton on Sunday, July 21, 2013 - 06:39 pm:

I offered to buy him one (he lives in Maine and I live in Virginia) but he insists he doesn't need one. I also offered to buy him a rear wheel puller but he didn't want one of those either.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Mike Walker, NW AR on Sunday, July 21, 2013 - 08:18 pm:

The above sounds like a couple of good ideas for Christmas presents. He may think he doesn't need those tools (sure he can get by without them), but after using them a time or two, he'll be glad he has them. :-)


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Dan Treace, North FL on Sunday, July 21, 2013 - 08:29 pm:

Follow this famous quote when it comes to the proper tools for your Ford :-)

If you need a machine and donít buy it, then you will ultimately find that you have paid for it and donít have it.
H. Ford


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