removing exhaust and muffler

ValVal Posts: 1,021Member
I'm removing the exhaust pipe, muffler and tail pipe on my 39 to install new. I have sprayed lots of PB Blaster and have remove muffler clamps and clamps under the car back to teh tail pipe. Now getting every thing seprerated. I thought heating using a torch. Any other suggestions?


  • cheyenne7271cheyenne7271 Posts: 361Member
    Sawzall, Air hammer and chisel, unless your trying to save some pieces. 
  • ValVal Posts: 1,021Member
    Ah tools which I don't have at my disposal so maybe a muffler shop would be the best option
  • ratlee2ratlee2 Posts: 314Expert Adviser
  • BigSkyBigSky Posts: 976Senior Contributor
    edited July 16
    I have used an angle grinder with a metal cutting blade.  Naturally it all depends on what your saving. 

    I’ve cut a couple lines through the muffler stub pipe but not the inner pipe.  Then a chisel or screwdriver hammered to knock off the muffler.  This was done to remove a muffler but save the pipes for muffler replacement or to straight pipe it. 

    The red lines would be the cut lines but with clamp already removed:

  • ValVal Posts: 1,021Member
    I used a tail pipe cutting tool I rented from Auto zone. Thanks for the info Gang!!
  • ValVal Posts: 1,021Member
    Well dang it!! The NOS tail pipe does not fit. No matter how I twist and turn it once it's over the axle it gets stuck on the floor if the car. I lay it next to the one I took out and it's bent slightly different. So I putt the muffler on and I will take it to shop on Monday. 
  • paulrhd29nzpaulrhd29nz Posts: 255Member
    just out of curiosity, are you jacking up the car from the axles ?
  • ValVal Posts: 1,021Member
    Yes I am 
  • ValVal Posts: 1,021Member
    Well not exactly, I put the floor jack under the differential and jack it up that way. But when I took the NOS tail pipe and compared it to my old one the bends are different in it. 
  • paulrhd29nzpaulrhd29nz Posts: 255Member
    You may have better luck getting it to fit if you put jack stands under the frame to let you diff hand down. 
  • ValVal Posts: 1,021Member
    Maybe but I took the car to a muffler shop and they said the pipes I have are too big so they are making me new one. 
  • ValVal Posts: 1,021Member
    Got he car back, new exhaust installed. She sounds good and runs good now. took her out for about 20 minutes this afternoon and ran thru all gears including O/D, no pings and accelerates as she should. She's ready for the open road! 
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