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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old Oct 27th, 04, 09:30 AM Thread Starter
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Has anyone here bought and installed the Aluminumized Chambered Exhaust from Rick's 1st Gen for a 69 Big Block car? Wondering how the fit and finish was if anyone knew.

I hear that Gardner's has the best system, but they are just a little pricey and it takes about a month to get it. If there is a lot of grief and aggrevation from these other systems, paying more money may be worth it in the long run!

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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old Oct 28th, 04, 03:46 PM
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I have a Rick's aluminized small block system with the welded stailess steel tips. The materials are top shelf and the finish is beautiful. The fit was an 8 out of 10 so maybe have a competent shop install it for you. I did have to send one of the chambered sections back to have it exchanged for one that was made right. One end was not expanded to the right size (too small). They took care of it right away. The pipes are much thicker than regular run of the mill exhaust pipes so I had to mig weld it together myself rather than use clamps.

I would buy it again for the money. [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img]

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I hear the Chambered Exhaust raddle some. Any feed back on that?

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I have them and they are of good quality. They neeed to be trimmed a little to fit properly. The hanger brackets were not so good. They have just thick rubber peices without any reinforcement thread-like material in the middle and they split almost immediately. I rebuilt them using reinforced rubber and they have been great ever since. I will tell that they are a third party product, can't remember who made them, but after I received the box from Ricks the companies name was on the box. I went to their website and saw that they make a cheaper pair if you are using them on headers. Their cheaper because they're a little shorter. I'm going to think hard and search for the website - I'll be back.
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I just took the chambered system off of the '68 Z-11 I bought earlier this year due to the rattling. I took the system down twice and tried to adjust it but nothing worked. The Z-11 (convertible) is a 350, not a BB.

I have a chambered system on my Z-10 (hardtop, 350) and that fits fine, no rattles or problems.

A good friend (KevinW) of mine put a Ricks standard 2" on his '69 convertible and most of the system was fine with the exception of the angle and length of tail pipes. We did this on my lift so I was ther to help.

While this does not answer your direct question, I hope this helps.

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post #7 of 12 (permalink) Old Oct 28th, 04, 11:09 PM
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That last post should be '69 Z-11, not '68.

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Originally posted by no69x-44:
I hear the Chambered Exhaust raddle some. Any feed back on that?
I have no rattle sounds. Lots of noise at take off or WOT but at cruise and idle they are fine. They are louder if your engine is more radical (compression/cam).

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P.S. - I would probably not run them except they are correct for my car. As close to authentic as possible sounds are good for this type of car in my opinion.
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I have an aluminized Gardner chambered system on my 69. I bought it used because I got a great price on it and it was in like new condition. I was very excited but after a few days driving I decided it is too loud. Drives me nuts because I think it has that annoying old fashioned "glass pack" sound. I'm living with it but if I had to do it over I'd go with something else.
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The rattles on some of the Chambered systems (like mine) are caused mostly by not getting the correct angle on the first two mufflers, and not getting the tubes between the first and second sets of mufflers seated far enough into the second set of mufflers. I have a feeling that these pipes are not bent 100 percent correctly. Those pipes actually get hit by my spring perchs if I have people in the back seat and hit a good enough bump. Mine are coming out this winter and I will see if I can shorten either the end of the second pipe, or the inlet of the two horizontal mufflers so I can pull the pipe further into the center. Maybe I'll have to have a new pipe made for that section with the correct bends.

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I bought my chambered system from Stainless Works along with their stainless headers. I had some problems with the drivers side header touching the steering box. Took it back to Stainless Works and they reworked a tube. Fits fine now. I later found the problem may have been the motor mounts. It seems the 302/350 mounts give more clearance on the drivers side. I wish I would have known that at the time. Everything OK now. I was worried that it may be too loud but I was pleasantly surprised. It sounds great. A little hard to install but if you take your time it should only take a day. Expensive but worth it.
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I have one of the 1000 sets of 409 ss that Colvin had made off the original GM tooling. It fit pretty well, but I had a little problem trying to get them to fit correctly in the drive shaft tunnel.

They're a little "Pingy" but I love the sound.
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