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Originally posted by fordpower fordpower wrote:

Well thinking of replacing my cats.
tried to do some research on back pressure.I found it very confusing to say the least. does anyone have opinion . I like sound with cats and no mufflers.
 
to the original ? those old cats are Dead to any kind of performance / efficiency, today we have high flow cats that even allow a really decent exhaust note through them. a full system to the back bumper w/o some type of muffler or resonator might be too loud for your taste
 
 
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My cats are still in place, but the insides "fell out" probably 14-16 years ago.
I can't imagine having a big expansion chamber at the start of the exhaust is good for exhaust velocity or flow. However, they were still looking for converters on 1979 cars when I put it together.
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Rockatansky,
 
If I gave anyone the impression that removing anything to do with emissions was a good idea or advisable I'm not. As far as the quote of mine you used, it was a response to comments from Smog that were about mounting engines which was part of his trashing of engineers. It had nothing to do with emissions.
 
Mr. Smog, I never said using zoomies will destroy an engine. The fact that zoomies "CAN" destroy heads or engines is not new or groundbreaking information. They have a long, documented history starting with burning valves. I also don't think zoomies shortening engine life is new or groundbreaking information. I don't equate shortening engine life with destroying an engine because there are numerous engine modifications that will shorten engine life. A common one I see is building a high performance, tight tolerance engine for the street. Tight tolerance engines are not for stop and go traffic and ideally they require a start up routine to avoid cold starts. Heck, cold starts aren't good for any engine let alone tight, or close tolerance engines.
 
My advice was that zoomies are not for the average garage mechanic. Just properly figuring optimum tip angle involves some intensive math. Most just weld up their idea of cool and that's not a good idea.
 
Big Bird's comment raises a good point. There are a lot of people with more money than sense so why aren't they running 8" exhaust pipe or 3" x 12" tube? That would sure mitigate any exhaust back pressure issues.
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I know guys who have had those open zoomie headers on their street rods goin on 20+ years, still the same engine, still runnin good. Go tell them they are killin their heads and see what kind of response you get. I'm sure they lead to more wear then a proper exhaust system, but how much so probably has way too many variables to give an exact number. The OP to this thread has no intention of puttin those goofy headers on his car, so it's really just a bunch of hot air gettin blown around for nothin, my own included.

as far as trashin engineers, It wasn't really meant that way, just sayin even they do some things that seem questionable to us common people.  I'm sure they are all smart folks, but sometimes you can over think things way too much and overlook simple solutions or alternatives. I have done a lot of oddball things in regards to boats, cars and trucks over the years. Not so much because I want to be a pioneer or anything, but more out of necessity or the hot rodder in me. Almost always I was met with the nay sayers who would spout off all this technical mumbo jumbo of why it wouldn't work, or would implode unexpectedly because it was never designed that way.  So far, so good by usin good ole common sense and my own "backyard engineerin".

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we're all fine as far as i know, my comment wasn't aimed at anybody in particular but as i said I'm pretty sure the blanket 'rip that crap off' advice does come out quite frequently and we need to be careful. i should've went on further as i was thinking at the moment that it's easy enough to specify usage being 'for off road use' or 'educational purposes' that there's no reason to risk attracting unwanted attention.
 
for that matter they already are going outside intended use of statute and threatening off road vehicles sheesh
 
and don't get me started on engineers LOL they are a special bunch. if the part number doesn't match exactly it won't work. long story short there was a guy at work that insisted the tube in a radiator is called a jacket water because that's what the print called it, 'jacket, water' jacket water my Censored
Originally posted by MrSmog MrSmog wrote:

Go tell them they are killin their heads and see what kind of response you get.
 
i can imagine a Steve Austin 3:16 beer over the head?
 
who said zoomies? i still have the set i had on my 72
 
 
 
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rock you sort of ans my org question. My garage said my cats are plugged causing my problems.He said they are to hot at intake and to cold at exhaust so should I do away with and go with mufflers.
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Originally posted by Rockatansky Rockatansky wrote:

for that matter they already are going outside intended use of statute and threatening off road vehicles sheesh 
Misuse of laws/expansion beyond mandate should be a criminal offense, punishable by a swift kick in the crotch on Primetime national TV, administered by the kicker from the previous year's Super Bowl champions. Big smile
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How do you get a zoomie that's not really a zoomie? You buy a header from a company that puts the word zoomie on some header lines and buyers can say they have zoomies.
 
Rock, the dragster you posted is an example of zoomies. One tuned straight pipe per cylinder pointing down and then up. They weren't about looks or sound. They were\are functional. They create a lot of down force that helps counteract both torque twist and front end lift. Top fuelers today have so much power zoomies are factored in to suspension and chassis design. This is information that can be found on the internet and not from anyone referring to jacket water.Confused
 
Are pipes that don't turn up zoomies? According to the old timers no but they became popular when zoomies made it to the street where the upturn wasn't appreciated by the cars to your right and left. FWIW and again from the old timers, the term zoomie was slang in the nuke industry for the unseen energy emitted from radioactive materials. Hot rodders co-opted the term.
 
zoomies:
 
 
Put a collector on the end of straight pipes and you've got a header which is not a zoomie.
 
I'm not interested with arguing this with anyone but when I refer to a zoomie I'm talking about a single, stand alone straight pipe per cylinder.
 
Smog, I appreciate the clarification.
 
Ford power, sorry about your post getting hijacked but it seems your answer is in here. My 2 cents, go for it. If you need to go back to using mufflers there's nothing in your plan to prevent you from adding them if there turns out to be a reason to. The effect a muffler has on emissions is minimal.


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"Misuse of laws/expansion beyond mandate should be a criminal offense, punishable by a swift kick in the crotch on Primetime national TV, administered by the kicker from the previous year's Super Bowl champions. Big smile"
 
Is this an updated version of "Get off my lawn," "Grumpy old man," or both?
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ford power, if your new cats don't have the sound you like, try a set of glasspacks after the cats. This is my cheap hi-po exhaust on anything I have with cats, the cats take enough starch out of the exhaust note that the glasspacks aren't cackly and obnoxious, has a nice deep mellow sound that really comes alive when ya tromp on it.
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Originally posted by fordpower fordpower wrote:

... because 15yrs ago they could not legally remove them.
 
still can't AFAIK?
 
but yeah hot in / cold out = Dead
 
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street zoomies ... the print says zoomie, remote mount w/extension Hahaha
 
Y'all ain't got no zoomies?
 


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Originally posted by Rockatansky Rockatansky wrote:

Originally posted by fordpower fordpower wrote:

... because 15yrs ago they could not legally remove them.
 
still can't AFAIK?
 
but yeah hot in / cold out = Dead
 
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street zoomies ... the print says zoomie, remote mount w/extension Hahaha
 
Y'all ain't got no zoomies?
 
 
I remember in the early days of CATS leaded gas was still available next to the unleaded. A lot of people would save the extra 2 or 3 cents more that unleaded cost and put leaded gas in their CAT vehicles. It wasn't long before those loose platinum coated beads turned into a solid brick clogging the exhaust.
 
Rock, I'm not sure what you're getting at with, "The print says. . .," but your link is defines what I grew up understanding what zoomies are. If your local cruise night is the Holly Reunion fwiw I'm impressed. Pretty short cruise though isn't it? 


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OK so cost wise decided replace cats. found two that are sappose to be direct fit Walker or magnaflow .
can't use because ny now requires calf. specs.
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Is NY a state that requires inspections and the window sticker from passing the inspection? If so, your requirements are written for you. You may have to put mufflers on to be legal.
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yes and no only needs to pass safety because of age. Yet legal garage can not put on cats not Cal certified and I can not weld that good. Would have to find someone in Pa.
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does your emission tag state California Emissions?
 
 
 
only years specified (skip 1995 for some reason) and cars equipped with CA emissions
 
i'd go talk to someone else before you get into a twister next inspection
 
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so what is your set-up? you use the plural 'cats' as in multiple so i'll assume 2, just down pipes off cast iron manifolds to factory cats ... anything after the cats?
 
and more importantly, what caused them to fail? is the engine using oil recently?
 
what year is it, what carb/injector/throttle body set-up?
 
any recent changes on the top end fuel delivery?
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Yes 15 yrs ago they just came off of cats to duels with what they called an h pipe. Sound was nice so did no mufflers. NY now requires cal cats. When I tried to order ones from on line state not adv in NY or cal? These are org.to car.Will probably just go with mufflers depending on cost.
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For 1979, no requirement for Cali Cats, that's only for years NYS required Cali emissions.
Cats are not checked in most of NY, safety only, no emissions inspection for pre-1984.
Shops can't pull off WORKING cats, but under no obligation to replace a defective cat.
So, for instance, your entire exhaust were to fall (off for some strange, inexplicable reason).
You don't need to replace the cats, and it doesn't need to meet Commiefornia emissions, or any emissions really.
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Originally posted by Don V. Don V. wrote:

"Misuse of laws/expansion beyond mandate should be a criminal offense, punishable by a swift kick in the crotch on Primetime national TV, administered by the kicker from the previous year's Super Bowl champions. Big smile"
 
Is this an updated version of "Get off my lawn," "Grumpy old man," or both?
It MAY be in the tradition of "Get off my lawn" and being a grumpy old man, but who could resist seeing politicians getting kicked in the family jewels on national T.V.? By a professional kicker?
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If your cats were to fall off and something, say a steel bar, found its' way inside them and knocked all the guts out would that be your fault.? Pretty sure not...   Ermm
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Say the Y pipe or H pipe came loose and drug-crazed vandals were to poke a bar thru the catalyst and crumble it, knock out all the guts and stole them....
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Exactly! You're only human! How could you forsee or prevent that? You couldn't!
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Originally posted by Big Bird Big Bird wrote:

Originally posted by Don V. Don V. wrote:

"Misuse of laws/expansion beyond mandate should be a criminal offense, punishable by a swift kick in the crotch on Primetime national TV, administered by the kicker from the previous year's Super Bowl champions. Big smile"
 
Is this an updated version of "Get off my lawn," "Grumpy old man," or both?
It MAY be in the tradition of "Get off my lawn" and being a grumpy old man, but who could resist seeing politicians getting kicked in the family jewels on national T.V.? By a professional kicker?
 
Can't argue with that. First impression was something a little more personal though.
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Originally posted by Big Bird Big Bird wrote:

knock out all the guts and stole them....
 
It's been a long time since this was a topic. At some point they learned it was quicker and quieter to just take the whole car.
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Originally posted by fordpower fordpower wrote:

Yes 15 yrs ago they just came off of cats to duels with what they called an h pipe. Sound was nice so did no mufflers. NY now requires cal cats. When I tried to order ones from on line state not adv in NY or cal? These are org.to car.Will probably just go with mufflers depending on cost.
 
Mufflers should be less then CATS or even a CAT.
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advance auto $70 ea & 20% off, actually not too bad. I've spent more on mufflers Embarrassed
 
the discount for the 'farm use' iron pipe mishap doesn't look bad either
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Originally posted by Rockatansky Rockatansky wrote:

advance auto $70 ea & 20% off, actually not too bad. I've spent more on mufflers Embarrassed
 
the discount for the 'farm use' iron pipe mishap doesn't look bad either
 
No doubt but that same discount import company probably has $25 mufflers to go with their $70 dollar CAT. Nothing wrong with either.


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Well garage said try some of that cat cleaner. Went on a little cruse Sunday. Drove to Norwich car museum Put some of that stuff in and drove home 125 mi over all. Well two things I noticed. It is running hotter and sounds louder. Going to have a temp check and try another can of crap.
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