Its time for the speedster project to get her muffler. I wanted to use a Taylor loudspeaker muffler from back in the day. But they no longer exist ... But Seth in Alabama had the remains of an original on his Speedster that his grandfather built. So thanks to Seth sending me a very nice detailed drawing taken from the remains of his original, and several period ads, I could build one.
The first thing was to go to the parts warehouse and get the needed parts
An old basketball goal should do the trick
a picture essay of the build ...
Wow! Very impressive...it's amazing what some people can do! Thanks for posting pictures.
Before someone says that the flex pipe is not "period correct" here is an ad from a 1925 "Ford Owner" magazine. Maytag washing machines also used the flex pipe.
Maytag muffler and flex pipe.
Great stuff, thanks Donnie!
When do you start production? Very nice.
Nice job fabricating your Taylor 2 in one Loudspeaker! Looks like a type of expansion chamber muffler. Will be real interesting to hear how it performs and sounds.
Beautiful work Donnie!!! If any one wants to make one of those, I have a pair of spark/throttle rods that have already been cut off that would be great for those levers. Dave
Nice work! I love watching projects progress.
Donnie, you never cease to amaze me. Your talent and abilities are great to see. I look forward to your updates.
Excellent article Donnie! I envy your talent my friend.
Mark, this is my production total of "one" They are way too time consuming for me to make any more . Seth made one for his speedster. He said that with it closed it was about like a stock muffler. Open is "loud". He also said that he tested it while driving, and said that when open the car would gain about 3 miles per hour difference from driving with it closed. (I think it was 3 miles per hour) Maybe Seth will chime in with his test results. Mine is made exactly like Seth's original. I did add the dual exhaust second port to the bottom and I added the brake rod clevis/pin for the cable to hook to. If a person was only using a single stock exhaust, then the modifications would not be needed.
Very impressive work!
Fine work and great pictures.
I really like what you did. A option to consider for the next one is that Speedway sells nice tapered header collectors, which could be used for the conical part!!
Iím not trying to take anything away from what you did, it is fantastic!!
Nice work, Donnie!
Les, I thought about using the Speedway cones. They would work perfectly. (and save a lot of work) I used them on my 29 Model A hot rod when I built it a set of "Lakes style headers" Seth's original had a welded seam along the bottom of the cone, So I made my own cone where I could duplicate the weld seam. I know that's "kinda anal" but that's how I am sometimes ...
Splendid work and detail for that exact replica! That is really nice and looks so right on your speedster!
I made a semi-replica of the Wheeler cut-out muffler for my project. Cut down length of the large tube as the original had. Used cast end early muffler parts, and large tube runs straight through. The flapper closes off the large tube and exhaust swirls around inside the tubes and exits like standard Ford when closed.
Large tube funnels with a reducer into stock T tail pipe cut shorter.
I like the sliding cable control wire you used, and will copy your work. Was going to use a cable only with pulley, but a control wire will be stronger and work better I think! Thanks for those great photos!
Correction notice ..... I noticed that I stated that the down pipe was 1-1/4 inches in the photo of the baffle's for the down pipe shown above. The down pipe is actually 1-3/4 inches in diameter.
While we are showing off our mufflers, here is my version of the Wheeler. I used a 3" tube and built the ends from 1/4" plate. Grooves were cut for middle and outer sleeves. It does make the T sound much tougher than it really is. I have enjoyed this one for 40 years.
Dan and Richard. "Nice" I like the special mufflers on speedsters. The Wheeler muffler/cutout is a neat design. I had looked at the ads of the Wheeler mufflers and probably would have made one of them, till I saw Seth's muffler. Then with the ads having sayings like "he-man roar" and "deep throated thunder, like the sound of a twelve cylinder racer" how could I ever live without the "sound of a twelve cylinder racer" . Dan I had a "Globe dash control" for throttle or cutouts, so I opted to use it. It allows for opening the cutout to any position and then a 1/4 turn of the handle, will hold that position. By removing the dash bracket like the instructions said to do for "in dash" use I could mount it in the floor like the Taylor ad says their control worked. You can find locking cable controls all over e-bay. They have different "travel" lengths, so pay attention to the length of travel you need. They seem to be popular for controlling things on fire trucks. A little searching can find some reasonable priced locking cable controls.
Very nice, Donnie! I, too, would like to hear what it sounds like.
Nice work and enough pictures to tempt others into building one. I like the preemptive flexible pipe post!
Fantastic. I know hours of work when into it, but I noticed the "business" end of both pipes seems to be pointed directly at rear axle (unless the photo is deceiving). Would this burn the paint off your rear axle housing?
Donnie, great work. It's amazing what a hillbilly can do with a few things many would have thrown away. Wish i could put a "thumbs up" on this.
Do you have one for a six cylinder 400 cubic inch engine?
You are an artist!
Can't wait for the Youtube videos of first fire-up and drive!
I'm going to hate it when this project is done... Very much enjoy your updates.
Donnie, what beautiful workmanship and wonderfully documented! That's going to be a fun addition to your speedster.
Terry, The outlets are a little further away than the pics show. Probably will be about the same as a stock muffler. I have an original period correct exhaust deflector for the muffler downpipe. So there will be no issue from it. But if the 4 inch valve area gives any problem I have planned on wrapping the rear axle housing with exhaust/header fiberglass wrapping tape. I can get it in black so it should blend in. They had exhaust wrapping back in the day. It was asbestos back then. I have some original "period correct" asbestos wrap but I think I need to use the new fiberglass stuff. By wrapping the rear axle housing, it will just look like another "custom feature" to a "owner built" speedster that has the "sound of a twelve cylinder racer" Thanks for the compliments, but be careful with them, My wife says my "head is too big already" have fun and be safe ...
My original exhaust deflector