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Old 12-24-2011, 01:02 AM
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Another question about exhaust. ERA's website states that the glass packed exhaust may get louder over time because the fiberglass deteriorates. Anyone notice that?

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From what I've read the glass packing blows out over time, and it does get louder. I believe the stainless steel side pipes have baffles instead, and don't have that issue. But I have no personal experience to back that up, I'm sure one of the guys can tell you more.
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kevin2 What did you say? No I have not blown out the mufflers yet. How you drive is how quiet or loud you want the car to be. The down side to the exhaust system is a power loss. Between 20-50 hp and almost the same on torque. They have noise levels at some autocrosses and my 15 year system passes. I have also a race setup too for tracks without limits of noise. I believe if you check with some of the older owners you will find the same thing. If you should go for a long road trip an ear plug for the outside ear wouldn't hurt. I do get the ringing ear after a race run without a ear plugs and helmet. Rick L.
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Old 12-24-2011, 05:09 AM
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Congratulations on ordering your ERA - you won't be dissappointed!
I would let the guys at ERA farm out the paint - the shops they use know the cars well. I ordered mine with body bonded to the chassis, less paint. Took an extra nine months with my painter (an excruciating wait). I did get an exceptionally nice paint job (and at least one "Best Paint" show award to go with it), but I think I spent a lot more money than if I'd had ERA do it.

I fitted my soft top myself. Wasn't that bad - I had to do a lot of custom work to it because I laid my windshield back so much. I modified the hoops and everything to make it fit (because of my mods, not an issue with parts supplied by ERA), and had a friend who has an industrial sewing machine add in the bootie for the roll bar. It's probably not as smooth and taut as if the guys at ERA had installed it, but it's sufficient - have only put it up two or three times in 15 years anyway.

One word of caution - if you have the header bar powder-coated, you may have to grind off the powder-coating where the top material wraps around and glues to it - 3M Super Adhesive just wouldn't stick on the powder coat - had to grind it off and re-glue.

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was the solid black one...w/o air conditioning...

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There were 3 black Cobras there. One had a show quality polished engine and silver stripes and I believe the other two were solid black. One of these was on the lift and ERA was installing air conditioning for the first time ever. ERA installing it...guess that makes it factory air.

Bob in Coatesville - I will give you a call sometime soon. I can look at these cars all day.

Another question about exhaust. ERA's website states that the glass packed exhaust may get louder over time because the fiberglass deteriorates. Anyone notice that?

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