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6/4/16 8:28pm - Original Message: 'Smelly exhaust'
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, - Canada

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Previously owned a 1975; white with blue interior. Now own a 1980; white with blue interior.

Joined: 7/5/2015
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1980. Straight pipes to Magnaflow mufflers at rear.  Sounds great, but the stink is intolerable.  Backing it into the garage is 24 hours of exhaust stink.  I drove the car for an hour with the t-tops off and I had to stop.  The fumes are not coming into the cabin through the floor (no holes) but just out the pipes.  What do I need to add to the system?  Cats?

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6/4/16 9:14pm - Reply: 'Re: Smelly exhaust'
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1981 Blue Ice Met. w/pearl ghost flames TKO500 5speed. LS1 Swap 3.45 Dana 44.

Joined: 12/3/2001
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I would pull a spark plug out first and see if it has a lot of carbon or soot on it. Your carb might be running rich. If it's a nice light tan color then I would say the carb is fine and put a couple free flow cats on it. 
My '81 has side pipes on it and I put a cat inline on each side because I couldn't stand the smell of the exhaust. 


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