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    Can this Leistritz be saved?

    Have the engine out for a gearbox swap and noticed the muffler has really started to go downhill. It was stored for many years and is rusting from the inside out. 1969 date code. No dents, un-scraped square tip. Kind of nice other than the rust. Several years ago when I got it, it was just a few of pinholes which I filled with muffler cement (no, I didn't expect it to last).

    Hate to throw it out -- can a metal guy cut this open and patch the rot? The new Dansk repops sound awful.
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    IMO, it's done for. Just like rust anywhere else on a car, what you see on the outside is just the tip of the iceberg. Probably not a lot left inside other than rust.
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    Years ago, back when I lived in California, there was a guy in Torrance who specialized in repairing mufflers for vintage cars. Mostly Ferraris to my recollection. Gary something. Or Greg. Good guy. That doesn't answer your question other to say that muffler repair is certainly a thing. Now you just gotta hope someone is doing it in today's throw-away world.
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    What's left of that muffler is tissue paper and is almost impossible to save...

    However, cut the off your early exit right at the canister and keep it. You might run into someone selling a first generation mid-year muffler (74-76) in good shape, and all you have to do is cut off the 'crooked' exit off the mid-year and weld your early exit on and you've got and 'newer' early muffler.... Like I did..

    Hope this helps,
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    Hardly. I'll look forward to your edit the next time someone makes a fun of Texas or Oklahoma.


    Ridiculous.
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    Gene Smythe was the guy in Torrance repairing vintage mufflers back in the early 90's. Quick Google search shows nothing but maybe someone here will remember or know if he's still in business.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LiveFromNY View Post
    Hardly. I'll look forward to your edit the next time someone makes a fun of Texas or Oklahoma.


    Ridiculous.
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    This is why I rarely if ever sell used mufflers, they normally rust from the inside so even when they look ok from the outside the insides are almost always toast. People are never happy when they get one, so now I just say no.

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    Afraid that muffler is gone.....my welder fab guy has brazed isolated pin holes, but there is a limit.
    Agree with Chuck! Save the tail pipe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by smedley View Post
    Afraid that muffler is gone.....my welder fab guy has brazed isolated pin holes, but there is a limit.
    Agree with Chuck! Save the tail pipe.
    We shall see. Metal guy is going to cut a window in it so we can see how bad the internals are. If it's tinworm city in there, I'll have him cut off the tailpipe and that will be that.

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