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5/25/10 5:42pm - Original Message: 'Metal or Fiberglass???'
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edgwood, MD - USA

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1975 convertible,with the hard top and power streering.it a 350 L48 with auto trans. the color is light blue.

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I am going to replace the sidepipes on my car with factory type sidepipes.Need an opinon; any pro and con's between metal covers and fiberglass ones.(besides cost) The hooker header sidepipes are showing their age(rustThumbs Down),besides I'm more of an old school guy.
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5/25/10 9:38pm - Reply: 'Metal or Fiberglass???'
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North Charleston, SC - USA

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1975 L48 AT AC T-top

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I am partial to the metal covers, especially on a Vette as nice as yours.
 
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5/26/10 5:34am - Reply: 'Metal or Fiberglass???'
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HOWELL, NJ - USA

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1979, Targa Blue (72 Color), Pace Car rear spoiler, L88 hood, Dark blue factory interior, 525HP 406, HD 700R4, 370 gears,Steeroids, composite rear spring, TT IIs wrapped in T/A Radials.

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A lot less leg burns with the glass covers, although I have to say, there are a lot of really nice options out there in chrome...

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5/26/10 6:04pm - Reply: 'Metal or Fiberglass???'
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edgwood, MD - USA

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1975 convertible,with the hard top and power streering.it a 350 L48 with auto trans. the color is light blue.

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Thanks for the compliment Scott ,I'm leaning toward the metal covers.I get a funny feeling when I invension them painted.
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5/26/10 7:03pm - Reply: 'Metal or Fiberglass???'
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Lodi, WI - USA

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1972 Targa Blue, T-Top, Saddle leather, 350 auto,numbers match, all original except '69 factory side exhaust. Previously owned: 1969 427, 390hp, 4sp, Riverside Gold coupe, factory side exhaust

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I perfer the origional 69 covers to the fiberglas ones that can be painted.  The chromed 69 covers give it that classic Corvette look.  The draw back is they are VERY expensive.  My covers have been on since the mid 1970s and are pitted.  They need to be replaced, however??????
 
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5/26/10 7:12pm - Reply: 'Metal or Fiberglass???'
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Lodi, WI - USA

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1972 Targa Blue, T-Top, Saddle leather, 350 auto,numbers match, all original except '69 factory side exhaust. Previously owned: 1969 427, 390hp, 4sp, Riverside Gold coupe, factory side exhaust

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I also meant to say that the original 69 covers are insulated and do not burn your legs however the door sills heat up, but it is not unbearable.  Sorry for the oversight.
 
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6/26/10 2:19pm - Reply: 'Metal or Fiberglass???'
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1975 convertible,with the hard top and power streering.it a 350 L48 with auto trans. the color is light blue.

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Well work  made my desision for me.I am going to run my exhust out the back.The guy at the muffer shop gave me a good price for headers and pipes out the back.It will cost me less than running factory type side pipes.($1500vs $350 obo just for covers).He doing headers and pipes for $550.At least I'll be getting those rusty pipes off the car.
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6/27/10 1:58pm - Reply: 'Metal or Fiberglass???'
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San Tan Valley, AZ - USA

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1978 Indy Pace Car 4851 of 6502, Auto, L-48

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I don't know a lot about sidepipes or their covers but if it were me, I would go with whatever is the most original looking.  I don't like it when someone puts newer or more modern looking parts on their Vettes, just my .02.  Good luck Thumbs Up

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6/27/10 5:27pm - Reply: 'Metal or Fiberglass???'
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Bladenboro, NC - USA

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1972 conv., sunfire yellow, blk interior, blk vinyl and convertible top. Off frame restoration with American Speed 383 stroker engine producing 500hp plus a 200hp NOS system. MSD ignition. Hooker super competition headers with chambered exhaust.

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Why not go with chambered exhaust. You can get that kit for less than $500 and you have the same sound as the original side pipes without those ugly mufflers exposed  out back.


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