by Nathan Stout (of AccordingToWhim.com)
This is the first of many blogs about the different things I am going to do the new toy I have, a 1971 VW Beetle. I told the story of how I got the new car in this blog.
The car has had quite a bit of modification when I bought it... OK, a lot of modification. The car was slightly lowered, the windows tinted, a new paint job (think ZZ top), and what looks like a totally re-done motor. I looks like the in the not too distant past the ar was really fixed up (in certain areas). The window seals look redone as well as newer seats (which should be replaced at some point).
I had my coworker and sometimes According To Whim actor Eric come over and help me swap out the 'performance exhaust' with the stock muffler. It was all going well until we tried to mount the muffler. There were some custom stuff done to the motor including a real oil filter that sits in the way of the muffler. We had to take a hammer to the muffler to get it to 'all get along'. It took about two hours to get it all in but it was getting too late to wrestle the tail pipes on. We went ahead and started up the car to see how loud it was. Surprisingly it sounded basically the same as the big pipe UNTIL we put the tail pipes in. They immediately silenced the loudness. It was amazing the difference those little pipe make.
I will take the time to get the tail pipes on at a later date then I can move along to the next project... not sure what that is right now but I will keep you posted.