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Old 02-04-2010, 10:53 AM   #1
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DIY Marriage-saving muffler delete

OK, we all know it looks like GM welded two garbage cans under the rear end of our cars and I like so many other wanted to get rid of them. One problem for me... my car is parked in the garage right under my master bedroom and the wife already says the car scares her to death when I fire it up in the morning leaving early for work. So this is the compromise I have made for the immediate future, the marriage-saving muffler delete a.k.a. spray painting the stock cans. I know this has been done by some other members but here is mine.

I had the car up on jack stands installing Pfadt sway bars so I used the opportunity to black out the garbage cans at the same time.

A couple view of the stock cans...



My blackening weapon of choice, Rust-Oleum high heat flat black, can says it is good until about 1200 degrees and there is no need to prime the surface. I picked it up at my local Lowes for 5 bucks...


I first did a light rinse and wipe-down of the cans and then hit them with Meguiar's All Wheel Cleaner which you can get at a Pep Boys or AutoZone for about 6-7 bucks, I let the cleaner sit on the mufflers for about a minute before scrubbing them down and then rinsing them off. Once dried I sanded them a bit just to scratch up the surface a little bit, nothing crazy and I didn't really worry if I sanded every nook and cranny, just a rough sand around the whole area I was going to paint. I blew them off with an air compressor and then draped some newspaper around the surrounding areas to catch any overspray...


I coated pretty much any part of the muffler I could see from the rear and sides as well as what you could see through the exhaust tip openings which is why the tips are taped off as I was spraying into the opening around the tips to get to that part of the muffler...


Two coats in....


All cleaned up after a third coat and ready to go, they blend in very nicely and don't stick out like a sore thumb now...


This will keep things quiet for a little while and satisfy my wanting to get rid of the otherwise obvious garbage cans hanging out from under the car. Unfortunately (for my wife), I have some Kooks Long Tubes on the way so things are about to get louder, once she gets over the fact that it is going to be loud after the Kooks, in come the Magnaflow Competition Catback ... By then I'll be sleeping in the shed anyway so it probably can't get any worse, unless she makes me roll the car out of the garage in neutral out into the street before I start it . Funny thing is, my kids like it when I rev it up and it gets loud, they say it sounds angry, my 2yr old says it sounds like a T-Rex... The Jurassic Camaro!!!
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Old 02-04-2010, 11:36 AM   #2
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Looks nice; if I weren't installing my new exhaust this weekend, I would consider doing the same thing.
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Old 02-04-2010, 12:09 PM   #3
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Looks good. But man, if the stock exhaust scares her... She must have VERY good hearing because you can barely hear the stock exhaust standing BEHIND the car. LoL
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Old 02-04-2010, 12:17 PM   #4
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cheap 99cent walmart black will work just fine too, only near the headers does it burn off / turn white

Been painting my exhaust black for years for similar reasons.

I freshen them up yearly, works best when the exhaust is medium hot, instant stick that wont come off.

I do similar when welding stuff now, paint is easier to remove then rust and fresh weld can rust up fast.
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Old 02-04-2010, 12:43 PM   #5
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Looks good. But man, if the stock exhaust scares her... She must have VERY good hearing because you can barely hear the stock exhaust standing BEHIND the car. LoL
I say the same thing, it is not so much when the car is just idling but when it first fires up and revs a little bit before settling down, if a fly goes by and farts she can hear it so you could say she is a LIGHT sleeper... Luckily all of my kids could sleep through a SCUD missile attack so there is no worry in waking them up...
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Old 02-04-2010, 01:23 PM   #6
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Actually, your pictures are a good guide for locations of placing jack-stands. Thanks again!
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Old 02-04-2010, 02:18 PM   #7
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Actually, your pictures are a good guide for locations of placing jack-stands. Thanks again!
Here is a better shot for that, I did not set the car right down on the jack stands on the pinch weld, I cut a 2x8 into 2.5" wide lengths about 6 inches long and placed them along the pinch weld so the car is resting on the wood which is resting on the jack stand. Even if the wood compresses enough so the pinch weld touches the jack stand, at least the full weight of the car isn't right on that weld.



You can kinda see the jack stand and the block of wood on top of it off to the right of this shot...
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Old 02-04-2010, 03:08 PM   #8
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my 2yr old says it sounds like a T-Rex... The Jurassic Camaro!!!
awesome...

I can't wait until my 1.5 year old start saying things like that.

looks good btw...

those wheels look nice.. do you have pic of the car with all the wheels on?
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If it were me I would put the car in neutral, back out into the driveway, then start the car. What you did looks good though.
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Old 02-14-2010, 03:06 PM   #10
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I did this when the car was 2 hrs old in my possession
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Very nice! That looks 10x better than stock!
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Hey rolling the car out of the garage ain't so bad. That's what I used to do with my Harley's when I went to work at 5am. The only bitch was the time or 2 it didn't start. I have a pretty slopped driveway so there wasn't any pushing it back up.
Nice job on the cans though. I put on QTP cutouts so I have his and her mode. Loud when my son and I are driving and quite for when the daughter and wife are in it.
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