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Review of D&R Classic exhaust, 69Z

Hey folks, just finished up a DR Classic exhaust system, sold as a stock replacement, for my 69Z. Since they are less than an hour from me, I ran down there one afternoon and picked it up. Customer Service was prompt, and the nice lady there had everything ready at the dock when I got there. There is a muffler option that is not shown in the catalog. It's a Thrush brand, and it runs $30-40 more, don't remember exactly. She said 90% go with stock, glad I did. The kit comes with everything you need, except donuts/gaskets, and I bought those as well. My son and I installed this one Saturday a few weeks ago, and everything seemed to fit up nicely. Then after we took it off the lift, my sharp-eyed wife said..."hey, those exhaust tips (chrome ones!) are not extending past the tail pan the same!" ARGH...now what? Back up in the air, and with some pushing and shoving, a few hits with a rubber mallet, and it all came together. Tips are now within 1/4" of each other. A happy ending and very nice sound. No drone, no crackle, just a good tone. One point to make...the tube benders used are a bit rough on the pipes, and I think they MAY aluminize the pipe prior to bending, so keep an eye on any corrosion you might get. Given how little this car gets wet, I'm sure I will have no issues. All in all, a good experience and a good product. Main pipes are level, and the muffler is level across the back. All in, it was about $550-ish. I'm quite satisfied with the outcome. Too many times we have a bad experience with vendors in our industry, this is a good experience.

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Nice write up Chuck. Maybe shoot some phone video so we can hear it?


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if it is the same thrush exhaust system I found it at Advanced Auto on line half the price free shipping
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if it is the same thrush exhaust system I found it at Advanced Auto on line half the price free shipping
Qudos to you for having the patience to find any thing on Advanced's website. After 4 searches I finally came up with three magnaflow systems but none have a traverse muffler in the picture like the OP seems to have. I didn't have any patience left to read the descriptions.

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I used D&R Classic exhaust on a 69 awhile back and it fit very well .

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DRclassic bends their own pipes using flats and bends just like the originals - -
The Advance system is not the same as D&R - Not even close.

I highly recommend D&Rs system.
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Jeff Jeff and Steve - So can the average "Joe" install the D & R Classic aluminumized or Stainless exhaust in a simple garage, carport or driveway or do you need a lift?


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You need to get the car up high enough to comfortably work under, four jackstands would be good to have.

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Hey folks, just finished up a DR Classic exhaust system, sold as a stock replacement, for my 69Z. Since they are less than an hour from me, I ran down there one afternoon and picked it up. Customer Service was prompt, and the nice lady there had everything ready at the dock when I got there. There is a muffler option that is not shown in the catalog. It's a Thrush brand, and it runs $30-40 more, don't remember exactly. She said 90% go with stock, glad I did. The kit comes with everything you need, except donuts/gaskets, and I bought those as well. My son and I installed this one Saturday a few weeks ago, and everything seemed to fit up nicely. Then after we took it off the lift, my sharp-eyed wife said..."hey, those exhaust tips (chrome ones!) are not extending past the tail pan the same!" ARGH...now what? Back up in the air, and with some pushing and shoving, a few hits with a rubber mallet, and it all came together. Tips are now within 1/4" of each other. A happy ending and very nice sound. No drone, no crackle, just a good tone. One point to make...the tube benders used are a bit rough on the pipes, and I think they MAY aluminize the pipe prior to bending, so keep an eye on any corrosion you might get. Given how little this car gets wet, I'm sure I will have no issues. All in all, a good experience and a good product. Main pipes are level, and the muffler is level across the back. All in, it was about $550-ish. I'm quite satisfied with the outcome. Too many times we have a bad experience with vendors in our industry, this is a good experience.
I have the thrush system with transverse muffler, but it is made to attach to headers. It's made by Walker (dynomax) so the quality is good and less than $300.
Post some pics so we can hear yours !

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I'd love to post a sound clip/video, if I could ever get the car to run right!! I am so tired of this 30/30 cam...argh!! Won't stay running when hot.

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I'd love to post a sound clip/video, if I could ever get the car to run right!! I am so tired of this 30/30 cam...argh!! Won't stay running when hot.
Maybe time for a hydraulic roller ? Idles better and makes more power.

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Was that a 2 or 2 1/4 system? Thinking of using the same system tjanls
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I'd love to post a sound clip/video, if I could ever get the car to run right!! I am so tired of this 30/30 cam...argh!! Won't stay running when hot.
Not the cams fault! Post info on timing carb etc and hopefully members can help.

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I recently installed a Summit flowmaster knock off because it came with the car. It fit great and looks just like my Flowmaster system. Sounds great and many positive comments and surprised looks st a car show. For $220 I am sold on it!
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