I've read, on this forum, that the exhaust pipes available from the vendors, are not quite up to par when compared to originals or those made by a few forum members.
The parts chassis that I'm cannibalizing was last a running car in the late 1950's and has an exhaust pipe in very good condition. Are there ways to differentiate a not-so-good one from a good one?
I haven't yet found an exhaust pipe made for a T that I wasn't able to make work fine with just a little tweaking. Over the years, I have added on to short early styles, and shortened longer later styles to fit second hand pipes to my then current projects, reworked the bell connections, and altered the offsets. All that said, Larry Smith's are the best, and given a choice, one that fits right the first time is always nicer.
Don, Larry made the 3 different styles of pipes because the vendor pipes were not made correctly. The fit was not so much the issue, the major thing was the bends not made correctly and the angles were not as original. The later style was made made because the vender pipe was quite different the the original. I'm sure Larry can add some more detail, all his pipes are very nice.
The one Bob's sells fit my 26 perfectly once I trimmed 3-4" off the tail end. I would think that's probably the case nowadays when you order from any of the vendors whose owners pick up the phone when you call.
Has anyone seen or heard of a tail pipe with the Ford logo stamped in the pipe, I have one with two stamping's
one close to the front and the other about a foot from the end?
Ooooohhhh....now you have me intrigued Sam.
I'll have to go check the pipe on my parts chassis.