Model A exhaust fix adventure (detours ahead) | Kyle’s Garage – Episode 10

Kyle winds up obtaining greater than he planned on when attempting a low-cost repair for his Version A exhaust.

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24 Replies to “Model A exhaust fix adventure (detours ahead) | Kyle’s Garage – Episode 10”

  1. Kyle, that flair ball union is designed to move, not be rigid, you make it rigid with that sleeve and you will damage the exhaust manifold!!!

    1. Interesting. The clip where I admitted I ended up not using that sleeve got cut out, but even just the clamp makes the connection mighty stiff. Curious as to why there should be the ability to move? With the engine solid mounted, I would think it is only chassis flex (which there certainly is) that is would need to compensate for.

    2. @Kyle Smith isn’t there some movement just from getting hot and cool and hot again? If it were 100% rigid it would break something wouldn’t it with just the tiny heat expansion?

    1. I made sure to heat cycle and re-torque three times just to be on the safe side. That third time was probably overkill, as it didn’t take any rotation to click off the torque wrench, but it helps me sleep at night.

  2. Hey I’m sure I’ll be a bit leaky when I’m approaching a century old haha I’m jealous I’ve been looking for a pre war project for over on my channel for a while now but the right car is yet to find me

  3. Glad to see you “going the distance” and doing things right instead of taking “shortcuts”. That’s a pretty nice car you have there and you are definitely “making it better” !!! 👍👍👍

  4. The Model A has a charming unique sound. I enjoy your videos and it is good to see someone of your generation that appreciates what others would not ….

  5. Great information! Thank you for sharing more of your “A” journey. The original design of the A intake/exhaust was a bit of a compromise. It was was simple, inexpensive and require a minimal amount of hand work to install on an assembly line. All positive attributes but not perfect. Remember, Ford would have process engineers watch the workers on the line and design parts and assemblies to speed up the assembly. “A” exhausts started having issues when they were relatively new. There were many after market fixes and replacements. Many of these also incorporated things like hot air heaters but the overall idea was a beefier, more sturdy casting and/or a hanger for the front of the muffler. Even as original they worked for decades and still do.

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