TECH TIPS:MUFFLERS PART TWO-HEADERS FOR YOUR 51 PONTIAC STRAIGHT SIX
Quite a number of old car guys like to retrofit their rides and this includes a set of headers. Headers help a motor breathe more efficiently and keep your car from sounding like a four-wheeled whiney nerd.They can make a deeper sound that would be right at home on a NASCAR track-but legal.
So the question is-do you want your car to sound neutered or do you want that “don’t mess with me” rumble to send a serious message on the street?
TECH TIPS MUFFLERS PART ONE-STAINLESS VERSUS STOCK SYSTEMSOld car guys typically break down into two camps-bone stock original or ultimate performance. Mufflers are encompassed in this debate but, unlike a custom paint job, a muffler isn’t optional.
Especially if you don’t like nodding off behind the wheel of your Boss 302 Mustang at 85 miles per hour thanks to a carbon monoxide sedative.
TECH TIPS: TIRES IN WINTER HIBERNATION ‘HOW TO GIVE THEM A FIGHTING CHANCE’
Most of us in less friendly climates hate the day when the old car gets put away for the winter. It’s lot like when you were a kid in school and the next day was the dreaded “back to school” party for your parents.
Putting a collector car in storage is a necessary evil-you can’t expose the old war pony to the same horrible conditions that cost it that fresh factory look. You have to minimize the damage
Same thing with tires.
YOUR MID-20TH CENTURY CAR IN THE 21ST CENTURY HI-TECH WORLD
HIDDEN AUDIO-WHAT DO YOU REALLY WANT TO SPEND?
One of the few drawbacks to the old car experience is the AM radio. No matter how great that old radio in your 56 Dodge sounds you’re still limited to AM broadcasts.
Heavy emphasis on the word “limited”.
Occasionally you’ll find golden oldies stations but in 2009 AM radio you’d better develop a fondness for “The Best of Billy Graham”. Or Portuguese folk music.
STAN THE ANSWER MAN-DODGE FLATTIE VAPOR LOCKS
Hi Stan-My 56 Dodge flathead six doesn't want to run when the thermometer gets past 80 degrees outside.In fact it just quits running.Any answers from the answer man?
ROB GELFORD New York
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