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NOS chrome tail pipe??

Discussion in 'Factory Original Alpines & Tigers' started by Limey, Dec 27, 2019.

  1. Limey

    Limey Gold Level Sponsor

    Hi all,

    I'd thought I'd post these pics of a recent eBay purchase. To my eye it looks Rootes NOS but although it has a proper stenciled Rootes part number as opposed to something handwritten it does not have a Rootes label so I do not say for certain that this is Rootes as opposed to aftermarket.

    Did original early series have a chrome tailpipe from the factory or did Rootes supply these as an accessory? My question is what do you think? Rootes or a.m.?

    I have 2 'NOS' tail pipes but neither has any Rootes branding so are likely after market I would say. Neither was chromed and both only had the part number on a blank label or painted on.

    Its the careful stencil that make me wonder if it is Rootes made

    Oliver
     

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  2. puff4

    puff4 Diamond Level Sponsor

    Hmm. Well, it also has that characteristic battleship gray paint, so I agree, it certainly looks the factory part. I’ve never seen one in chrome before though.

    What did the cat scan reveal?
     
  3. Limey

    Limey Gold Level Sponsor

    The moggy has spent more time in my car than I have..Very nosey. I like him a lot less when I see his claws scrabbling to get purchase on my new paintwork as he slides off ...:mad:
     
    Last edited: Dec 27, 2019
  4. Gordon Holsinger

    Gordon Holsinger Diamond Level Sponsor

    He is a cat! He wants to help. Our cat wakes every one up at 5:30 year round I think she wears a watch!
     
  5. bernd_st

    bernd_st Bronze Level Sponsor

    Never seen an early tailpipe with a chrome tip or remainders of such. The one you found looks pretty original Rootes to me...
     
  6. Limey

    Limey Gold Level Sponsor

    Mine starts at 6am with a gentle face punch but escalates to a claw up a nostril. Wakes you up quicker than a triple espresso
     
  7. Limey

    Limey Gold Level Sponsor

    My thoughts also. Let's see if anyone confirms it
     

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  8. bernd_st

    bernd_st Bronze Level Sponsor

    Do I see remainders of chrome on yours , or are just my eyes tired ?
     
  9. Limey

    Limey Gold Level Sponsor

    Yes, from the tip to the part number then it is just painted grey.
     
  10. bernd_st

    bernd_st Bronze Level Sponsor

    Get the tip rechromed , fit it and it will certainly look great. Despite my preference to use original parts / styles I run a stainless exhaust system on my S1. The tip came polished though...
     
  11. Limey

    Limey Gold Level Sponsor

    I think I will do that. The existing exhaust is all NOS but took 10 years to find all the bits:rolleyes: so I have a stainless that I will fit to the next one but do you think they sound a bit harsh compared to the mild steel ones?
     
  12. bernd_st

    bernd_st Bronze Level Sponsor

    Yes they do sound a bit harsher than the mild steel ones. But on the plus side they are fit and forget. I'm actually running 2 stainless systems ,i.e. a Falcon and an SS system on my S1/ SV. The Falcon was rather loud while SS came too mellow so I switched the end mufflers. Now they both just sound about right ;)
     
  13. Limey

    Limey Gold Level Sponsor

    So maybe I could cut open the muffler and repack it for a more mellow sound?
     
  14. bernd_st

    bernd_st Bronze Level Sponsor

    Wonder whether it's just the packing and/or also the muffler internal layout. Assuming you have the Falcon system it would be easier to just order the rear muffler portion from John H. He sells them individually...
     
  15. Limey

    Limey Gold Level Sponsor

    Got Mine from Alpine West Midland but does Jihn H supply the system to them?
     
  16. bernd_st

    bernd_st Bronze Level Sponsor

    As far as I understand John is providing his systems to all others in trade, specifically to Sue from West Midlands. Falcon sells independently though...
     
  17. Limey

    Limey Gold Level Sponsor

    Thought so..
     
  18. Limey

    Limey Gold Level Sponsor

    Fancy this rare item?
    Screenshot 2019-12-27 at 22.42.07.png
     
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  19. bernd_st

    bernd_st Bronze Level Sponsor

  20. bernd_st

    bernd_st Bronze Level Sponsor

    Our club was offered the whole bunch of these NOS Abarth exhausts earlier, but the original keeper asked crazy money. We declined since the vast majority over here is running stainless anyway. A good friend of mine bought a rear muffler in original wrapping . Looks nice but the build quality is like it was in the 70/80s. A nice collection piece but think it will rot away in 3 years once put on a frequently used car...
     
    Last edited: Dec 27, 2019

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