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Cherry Bomb vs Thrush

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by SpazTaztic, Oct 23, 2009.

  1. 1933 willys 77 that is exactly what I need in 2.5 inch. I'm running a bbc 427/435hp engine thats been hopped up. I think I'm going to need the 2.5 inch. Thanks for the heads up on these. I do appreciate it. If anyone finds what I'm looking for please pm me. I'm doing a car that has a very narrow window for era specific after market parts. I'm trying real hard to make the car just like I had it in high school.
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  2. Here’s the thing about Cherry Bombs. They’ve been disturbing the peace since 1968.

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  3. JeffB2
    Joined: Dec 18, 2006
    Posts: 8,969

    from Phoenix,AZ

    Old Farts like me remember back in the 60's one of the best sounds came from the Walker Blue Continentals,not sure if Walker still makes any the same exact way. But here's a picture from ebay there are several listings. 1-oops.jpg
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  4. BamaMav
    Joined: Jun 19, 2011
    Posts: 5,092

    from Berry, AL

    Haven't seen any of those Thrush cans anywhere but eBay in several years. One of my Uncles had a set of those on a 63.5 Galaxie with a 427 in it, full pipes out the rear. Sounded great. First mufflers i bought were Hush Thrush ovals, basically a copy of the Corvair turbo mufflers, they were quiet at idle but woke up at speed. Last few I've done I used Flow Tech Red Hots, basically a Cherry Bomb painted dark red. Same sound, lots cheaper.

    Good luck on finding the Thrush cans. You might have to buy one at a time to get a set. They turn up on eBay fairly often.
  5. I will find some eventually.
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  6. nikrnic66
    Joined: Apr 11, 2018
    Posts: 8


    If you find those vintage Thrush blue cans chances are they won't be the size you want and will be very expensive. I'd like them myself but not going to pay 2 or 300. each like the few I've seen on Ebay.
  7. Fabulous50's
    Joined: Nov 18, 2017
    Posts: 344

    from Maine

    I run HP2, hush power. Stainless steel, 400 series which is magnetic. Very nice sound, deep and low. No rasp or snap on my 9.5:1 352. 2.25" duals. Flowmaster (Holley) bought the hush power line a few years ago. They are a bit spendy, but have that packed muffler tone, without the snap which I dont care for.

    I've put a lot of glass packs (cherry bomb) on. I really like the HP2s better.
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  8. Deuces
    Joined: Nov 3, 2009
    Posts: 21,261

    from Michigan

    Cherry Bombs... Disturbing the peace since 1968... :D
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  9. Look at powersticks…love the way my Falcon sounds
  10. Paulz
    Joined: Dec 30, 2018
    Posts: 63


    I tried a few different cheap glass packs on my truck and couldn't find anything that had the sound I was after, even tried some of those auger inserts in combination with the glass packs (which sounded ok, but seriously choked the engine). So I finally bit the bullet and bought some 2.5" Hp2s. Lot of money, but they have the sound I was after and fit the space I had available. 11:1 463 Pontiac.
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  11. WB69
    Joined: Dec 7, 2008
    Posts: 1,713


    Ran the short Thrush mufflers with turn downs directly off the headers on a 428 Hemi Roadrunner. Same setup on a very cammed up 455 Buick Gran Sport Stage I. The sound was awesome on both. Sure created a dust storm on dirt or gravel roads though. Have a set of the Cherry Bombs on a 59AB flathead that has a low rumble, nothing loud or obnoxious.
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  12. Fabulous50's
    Joined: Nov 18, 2017
    Posts: 344

    from Maine

    I really think the compression has most to do with the sound of an engine.

    Heck even my OT bangers with 11:1 sound angrier than my worn out smog 350 in an old 1 ton I have. A good healthy high compression engine has a lot of snap in the exhaust. That's why I think flatheads can sound so good on much less exhaust than something with more squeeze.
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  13. Elcohaulic
    Joined: Dec 27, 2017
    Posts: 2,449


    Glass packs work best on cars with stock cams. If you have a lumpy cam with a lot of overlap use the Dynomax Super Turbo, the straight through muffler will be too noisy.

    The best sounding muffler I ever heard was the Douglass Super Sport with there exhaust system and headers. I put one on my 66 GTO 389. They were the only company offering mandrill bent exhaust systems. They tuned there systems to sound nice with there headers...

    The only mufflers that I have experience with on a high performance engine are the Dynomax Super Turbo 17749 and the long Porter. The Porter sounds best on a stock engine. I tried them on my Pontiac 462 with heavily ported 6X heads, Ram Air 4 cam, Pontiac Long Branch manifolds and they sounded horrible! I moved them to the front and to the back nothing worked. I put the (17749) Dynomax Super Turbos on and it sounded so nice...
    The nice thing about the Turbo Mufflers is the longer you use them the better they sound. I fill them with transmission fluid and soak the insides with it before installing them. When I put them on they smoke for about 40-50 miles.
    I also learned not to use an X pipe they make the exhaust sound like a v-6. The H pipe sounds good but it quiets things down..
    Last edited: Aug 16, 2021
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  14. big john d
    Joined: Nov 24, 2011
    Posts: 255

    big john d
    from ma

    thrush 1967 $12 plus court costs
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  15. Truckedup
    Joined: Jul 25, 2006
    Posts: 4,200


    Thrush and Cherry bombs, off topic noise makers, eh? ;):D Loud is not always a quality sound..
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  16. Elcohaulic
    Joined: Dec 27, 2017
    Posts: 2,449


    One thing that's so important to a good sounding exhaust system is to seal every joint up air tight..

    -I use Walker stainless band clamps for lap joint connections.

    -Brush on pipe sealer inside the over lapping section. I also use high temperature tape.

    -Once you get the pipes exactly were you want them, tighten the band clamps super tight, like 50-60 ft.lbs. then run one self threading zip screw through the band clamp and both pipes. Once the hole is through, remove the screw and grind off the cutting tip and run it together.

    -Once it's all finished, let the car sit for a couple days. I also run the heat gun over the joints a couple times right after finishing the install but let it set up. This is why most sealers don't seem to work because the owner can't wait to hear how it sounds.. If you follow this, it will guarantee a good sounding exhaust system..
  17. Fabulous50's
    Joined: Nov 18, 2017
    Posts: 344

    from Maine

    I'll second the use of band clamps. I use red high temp rtv and slide the clamp over.

    Very nice for those places like around the transmission where you can drop a section of exhaust out for removal.
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  18. Butch M
    Joined: Oct 14, 2008
    Posts: 1,590

    Butch M

    i have purple hornies on my 55 chevy
  19. You can still buy them…
  20. I just got a warning with a notice to appear with it fixed. The steel wool I jammed up the tail pipes to quiet things down lasted long enough for the cop to sign off on it. :cool:
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  21. I sure do.:D
    I used them on my first ever build here in the UK way back in 1974.
    I bought them at the 74 Street Rod Nat's in StPaul and carried them back to the UK as hand luggage.

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    Ive used Cherry bombs on my 1923 Centre Door model "T", & My 29 Tudor and & 27 "T" Coupe
    I really like them
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  22. Bandit Billy
    Joined: Sep 16, 2014
    Posts: 7,949

    Bandit Billy

    This one time, at band clamp...
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  23. DDDenny
    Joined: Feb 6, 2015
    Posts: 15,328

    from oregon

    Did someone say Purple Hornies?
    1974, I put them on my Malibu bracket racer so I could drive to the track for the first time.
    These were the first style with the large collector stub before they got "neutered", the rearend had 5.38's, what a sweet rumble!

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  24. Geoff Dowson
    Joined: Aug 28, 2021
    Posts: 1

    Geoff Dowson

    Try Black Widow mufflers. crisp clean no drone, but a touch too loud for my 36

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