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Looking for that EXOTIC ITALIAN SOUND exhaust . . .

Discussion in 'Technical Q&A' started by TransAmsEatStallions, Sep 18, 2005.

  1. TransAmsEatStallions

    Sep 18, 2005
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    Hi,
    I'm new to this forum and would like to have a question answered please.

    I lost my beautiful 1971 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS in a recent divorce case... ( sigh ).

    So, of course, paying off HER bills...I am stuck driving a 1992 Pontiac Trans Am 5.7 litre.

    I miss the Exotic sound of my Dino, and wish to know if there is any way to duplicate the exhaust note that serenaded me on my daily drives.

    Please answer this post in a sincere manner and with common maturity.

    I feel bad enough, driving something manufatured in Detroit (?).

    These so-called Pontiac Musclecars are too throaty and bass rumbly compared to the high wail and shreiking song of our exotic Italian machines.

    Thanks in advance.

    Simon
     
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  3. GrigioGuy

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    Can you get a set of 180 degree headers for that small block? I once heard a Dodge 340 with 180 headers and it shrieked!
     
  4. TransAmsEatStallions

    Sep 18, 2005
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    Has headers installed already . . .

    But it has some exhaust called a flowmaster (?).

    I don't know anything about those junkie exhausts.

    Any other advise on this exhaust?
     
  5. GrigioGuy

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    Read this: http://www.ssheaders.com/header.htm

    When I was referring to 180 degree headers, I was referring to a design, not a brand. There's no way to make a Chevy V8 sound like a Ferrari V8 ( or 6) with a a flat crank except by changing how the exhaust handles the flow. Essentially the 180 degree headers treat the American V8's exhaust like it was 2 4 cylinder engines

    The downside is that the tubes are very difficult to fit, as they wrap under the block to tie the headers together. It's very impractical for a street car. The sound, however, is glorious.

    If you've got a local short track or dragstrip, go down there and talk to the racers. Someone most likely has a set on a SBC.
     
  6. Dave

    Dave F1 Rookie

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    You could always play your favorite Ferrari sounds CD very loud when you drive your car.
     
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  8. Artvonne

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    To be honest, I just dont think you can get even close to matching it. You have to recall, your Ferrari was just coming into its power band where your Pontiac is about done, roughly 4000 rpm. The Ferrari also had chain driven cams, and carbs, which augmented the sound. Maybe you should look at finding an older Alfa Spyder, or GTV. It still wont make the right sound, but with twin chain driven cams, and side draft webers, you could sure get close. Look on Ebay, thier kinda cheap.
     
  9. TransAmsEatStallions

    Sep 18, 2005
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    I hope you know . . . That really broke my heart, and makes me despise the wench even more.

    Rollls eyes in discust.

    I'll never give up my search for that sound.
     
  10. Artvonne

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    Well, its just hard to get a high wailing shriek at 4,000 rpm
     
  11. Perfusion

    Perfusion F1 Rookie

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    For what it's worth, the LT1 doesn't exactly run out of steam at 4 grand....
     
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  13. GogglesPaisano

    GogglesPaisano Karting

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    It's not worth much, since a '92 Trans Am
    doesn't have an LT1 in it. It has a Tuned
    Port 305 or 350 whose tongue is hanging
    out at about 4600rpm. Those long runners
    on the TPI cars are great for torque, but
    it is what it is...


    Still, a properly built American V8 can rev
    just as high as a Ferrari, despite being a
    pushrod design. Still, it's no Ferrari... I'd
    throw a Flowmaster exhaust on it to get
    a pleasing sound and start saving up for
    that next exotic Italian...



    -=Goggles=-
     
  14. Artvonne

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    Hey, when I was 15 yo, first car I ever owned was a '66 GTO, 421 HO w tri power, 4 speed, with a (get this) 6.13:1 rear axle. Dumb lil ol me didnt know any better than to just let er fly, so I'd wind that old Sun tach up to 8K in every gear. It was only when I started to listen to people and look at grenaded motors that I began to understand they didnt like being wound up that high. So yeah, you can hit 8 grand with a big V8, at least once. But the trick is to get your buddy ahead of you who has lower gears, and ride his a$$ until you start to see smoke swirling off his car. Then back off Quick!
     
  15. dmcgill

    dmcgill Formula 3

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    The closest you can get is an Ansa exhaust, however...they dont make them for American cars.

    http://www.ansasport.com

    Honestly, its impossible to make an American V8 sound Italian.
     

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