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Old 12-24-2011, 11:42 AM
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I've just bought my first Corvette, a '69 convertible that was originally a side pipe car. Someone years ago has pieced together a mickey mouse full length exhaust. It does the job, but is wrong and damn ugly. Luckily no one cut out the rear fascia.

My question is, how hard is it to put side pipes back on and what are the best pipes or kit to use?

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Old 12-24-2011, 11:47 AM
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The 69 assembly instruction manual (AIM) shows the installation of the factory pipes.

Finding a set of original pipes and covers will be your problem and likely to be expensive.

You may want to consider a reproduction set.

Good luck.

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Go with the original version, as Mike already wrote, not the cheapest version, but for me the best. They are more or less easy to install !

Some Infos :

http://forums.corvetteforum.com/c3-g...pipecover.html

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Hi Kevin,
As Mike and Roma mentioned there are several manufacturers of the pipes themselves, but I believe all the insulators and chrome covers are made by Paragon Reproductions in Michigan and sold by them, and through other vendors.
An original side-pipe car is quite a nice find since relatively few cars had the option.
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Your just $2500 away from achieving your wish
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Agree with all of the above. Not hard but not cheap.

There is an interesting repo on ebay. The covers look good but I'm not sure about the insulators. I'm not aware of anyone that repos the insulators and the stock ones really do work better.
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i can maybe get you started?? I have one NOS GM pipe in the garage...??

don't know how in the world I'd get it to you though.
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don't know how in the world I'd get it to you though.
Should not be a big problem (only money ) , I got mine (complete set with exhaust, covers and insulation) from Canada to Germany
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You'll find the side exhaust pages from the AIM here with some additional notes: http://willcoxcorvette.com/repairand...lp.php?hID=199

The covers are listed in the forum price section of the site here: http://willcoxcorvette.com/product_i...ducts_id=27222

And available for the 10 percent off from the current sale...

Happy Holiday's,

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If you make it down to FL (or have a fellow Canadian that spends their winters down here) I have a set of semi-original side pipes and some headers but no covers. I say "semi" because the P/O of the pipes welded in a connector between the two pipes. I'm keeping the covers since I plan on running custom pipes under them.

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Thanks a lot to everyone on here. If any of you have, or know someone with exhaust for sale, can you pm me with what u have and how much. That would be great. I have a US address in Niagara Falls NY to ship to so there will be no border issues.

Thanks again to everyone. Forums like this are invaluable to new owner like me. Appreciate it all.
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Default 69 side pipes and rear valence

Did the rear valence have no cuts on factory delivered side pipe cars or did the factory build covers for the cutouts and glass them over?
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Factory N-14 optioned cars (side pipe) had different lower rear fenders that did not have the exhaust tip cutout. The rear valance was also different, without the other half of the cutout. There was no filling of holes for this at the factory.
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Here you find the original look and the "aftermarkedsolutions"

http://forums.corvetteforum.com/c3-t...sidepipes.html
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Hi Roma,
I looked at your link again!
The question came up about "going back". I never thought I'd do it when I wrote that!
A bit of work but not too bad. Not as much as "going TO" side-pipes.
I miss them, but the under-car exhaust brought back some pleasant memories too.
Are you enjoying yours?
Regards,
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Originally Posted by c69vete View Post
Factory N-14 optioned cars (side pipe) had different lower rear fenders that did not have the exhaust tip cutout. The rear valance was also different, without the other half of the cutout. There was no filling of holes for this at the factory.
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Originally Posted by MyRed69 View Post
If you make it down to FL (or have a fellow Canadian that spends their winters down here) I have a set of semi-original side pipes and some headers but no covers. I say "semi" because the P/O of the pipes welded in a connector between the two pipes. I'm keeping the covers since I plan on running custom pipes under them.

I have a question regarding the connecting pipe. I am about to install new pipes from Allen's and have never seen the cross pipe in between like that. Does this act like and "H" pipe or "X" pipe for cavitation? How does it effect the flow and sound? If I did it, I may make a removable section w/ flanges so I could still remove the oil pan w/out taking off the exhaust.
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Originally Posted by Crahm View Post
Did the rear valence have no cuts on factory delivered side pipe cars or did the factory build covers for the cutouts and glass them over?
Hi Alan,

I tried to answer this question and there are pics of the original look.

And I love my sidepipes
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Originally Posted by c69vete View Post
Factory N-14 optioned cars (side pipe) had different lower rear fenders that did not have the exhaust tip cutout. The rear valance was also different, without the other half of the cutout. There was no filling of holes for this at the factory.
can someone explain this to me with photos
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This my 69 with factory installed side pipes. You can see that the rear quarter panels are differant and have no cut out for rear exhaust.


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