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Exhausting Effort

Mark Stielow's Malitude Gets the Stainless Works Treatment

Every month we keep saying that the Malibu with attitude that we call "Malitude" is that much closer to completion. Honest... it is! What, do you want us to drive the car without an exhaust system? This is interesting part of the buildup, as getting it right will provide some of the most trouble-free driving we could experience. If you're going to cut corners, don't do it here (unless you have a booming stereo system to get over the ticking header leaks and clanking mufflers).

The exhaust system for your project car needs to be functional, robust, durable, rattle free and most importantly, not a power robber. For my projects, I prefer to use 304 stainless steel tubing and mufflers so that the system stays together and look great for years. I chose to use Stainless Works to build the system for the Malitude, since I've used the products in the past and have had great luck with the systems once they're up and running.

Because my car is significantly modified (given that you don't see twin-turbo small-blocks all that often), I actually delivered my Chevelle to their shop to have my system built. They offer a complete stainless steel system for many hot rods including '64 Chevelles, but this one was just too different. Just think, though; now you can build one just like mine and buy a bolt-on exhaust.

Pursuing a project like this seems difficult, but it was as simple as calling to set up an appointment and towing it down to Chagrin Falls, Ohio to meet with their Ron Fuller and Al Noe. When I returned, it was finished, fitting perfectly and sounding great.

My wife and I are looking forward to getting this project on the road. You should see one more story with interior and details before we stomp my first automatic-transmission car in and around my neighborhood (and definitely on a road course).

SOURCES
Stainless Works
Chagrin Falls
Oh
800-878-3635
www.stainlessworks.net
Jeg's High Performance
101 Jeg's Place
Delaware
OH  43015
800-345-4545
www.jegs.com
Innovate Technology, Inc.
27122A Paseo Espada #904, Dept. SC
San Juan Capistrano
CA  92675
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