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Glass packs- which are the best??

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by The_Monster, Aug 7, 2005.

  1. The_Monster
    Joined: Sep 8, 2003
    Posts: 1,754


    Hi gang,

    I was wondering what your opinions were on certian glass packs.

    The ones I know of are:

    Mellow tones
    Gold Tones
    Cherry Bomb
    Purple Hornies

    Are there others? What do you think the best is and why?

    Thanks for any comments
  2. catch2otwo
    Joined: Feb 16, 2005
    Posts: 24


    i know dynamax sells them, i have one on my ram, dono how it would sound on something old
  3. SnoDawg
    Joined: Jul 23, 2004
    Posts: 1,003


    I like the ones that already have the fiberglass burnt out of them:D:D

  4. 286merc
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 1,794

    from Pelham, NH

    I run Thrush Cherry Bombs on 3 vehicles. The 53 Vickie with a hot flathead and a 54 F350 with a warm 292 Y Block. Both of those are are just about right. Not too loud and a beautiful rap.

    The other car is my 68 Impala SS396 and they are positively intimidating. Very mild at idle and cruising with a light load. When I step on it or down shift it gets; I guess "snarly" is a good word.

    I suppose the 2 1/2" pipes on the 396 vs 1 3/4" on the others contributes to the difference.
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  5. Ive used all of those for years. Hush Thrust sound nicer until they burn out, then they sound like the rest.
    Cherry bombs will last the longest, just because of how they made.
  6. luckystiff
    Joined: Mar 20, 2002
    Posts: 1,471


    i run cherry bombs because they sound good and you can drop in you local auto zone and pick 'em right up no problems. Brockman mello tone steel packs are real good to. if i were gonna go through the trouble of ordering something it would be a set of those...ken....
  7. Ford Fairlane
    Joined: Aug 22, 2004
    Posts: 178

    Ford Fairlane

    I'm running the "Red Hots" by Flowtech on the y-block in my 57, 2" in and out with 18" case. They have just the sound I wanted. I had them mounted just under the front seats, where the factory originally put the mufflers, with full tailpipes. Nice rap just loud enough but not so mellow. Summit sells them for $17.95 each.

    On my early Mustang with a pretty hot 289, I'm running "Blue Streaks" with 2 1/2" in and out with about a 20" case length. These also sound great, and came from the exhaust shop that installed the exhaust.
  8. 57JoeFoMoPar
    Joined: Sep 14, 2004
    Posts: 3,910


    Cherry Bombs sound badass. They're available cheap at pep boys
  9. chopolds
    Joined: Oct 22, 2001
    Posts: 5,412

    from howell, nj
    1. Kustom Painters

    Brockman Mellowtones!
    Brock will make them to order for you. Glass, steel, or no packing. Different lengths available. They sound better due to the way he punches the louvers inside the core, in a spiral pattern. The only other ones that sound as good are the OLD Smittys, not the repros. Very reasonable price, I think less than $40 a pair.
  10. The_Monster
    Joined: Sep 8, 2003
    Posts: 1,754


    Thats a lot of helpfull input, thanks!

    But, where would I get my hands on some of these? I know I could get a Thrush, Purple Hornie or Cherry Bomb at Knects.

    How about the Mellowtones, Gold Tones, Old Smitty or Maremont?

  11. porknbeaner
    Joined: Sep 12, 2003
    Posts: 38,228


    Tingler I'm running redhots on the Pusher. You're gonna love 'em bro.

    Good deep tone, and when you hammer it it might as well be a straight pipe.

    I've run the purple hornies that bolt straight to the collector, puts the noise in the wrong place for cruising as far as I'm concerned, they are a good sounding muffler if you're into loud, but after a couple of hours on the hiway it starts to grate on ya.

    I ran cherry bombs on the old merc when I was in highschool, Mrs beaner could tell if I went straight home from her place and I lived all the way across town (about a mile as the crow flew).
  12. Ford Freak
    Joined: Jan 5, 2005
    Posts: 817

    Ford Freak

    I love my cherry bombs on my 57 Fairlane. I think they've been on there since 1975!! They sound better every year.....
  13. The_Monster
    Joined: Sep 8, 2003
    Posts: 1,754



    Does anyone know of the real website to Smithy's muffler?

    How about Mitchell Muffler??

    I cant seem to find them directly, only distributors.

  14. Tito
    Joined: Feb 21, 2004
    Posts: 450

    from Sacramento

    I just get the run of the mill no-names my muffler guy has in 12" x 3". Then I have him put them on backwards. Sounds great on a straight six with fenton headers, and no tickets in a year (some pissed off neighbors though)!
  15. AssGasket
    Joined: Apr 19, 2002
    Posts: 398


    What's the benefit to running them backwards...??? Burning them out faster..???
  16. Tito
    Joined: Feb 21, 2004
    Posts: 450

    from Sacramento

    The exhuast slows down, but does not get caught in the louvers. It makes ic act more as a baffle than a muffler.
  17. blown49
    Joined: Jul 25, 2004
    Posts: 2,213

    Member Emeritus

    Try this site for Brockman Mellotones; Steel or Glass, your choice :p
  18. blown49
    Joined: Jul 25, 2004
    Posts: 2,213

    Member Emeritus

  19. Hackerbilt
    Joined: Aug 13, 2001
    Posts: 6,103


    How did the old round THRUSH straight-thru mufflers compare to todays glass packs? Louder, deeper...the same?
  20. muffman58
    Joined: Oct 24, 2003
    Posts: 1,000


    One thing also to consider is muffler length, pipe diameter ,engine make & where you plan on puttin em`.Workin at a muff shop some 10 years you get to know different cars & different sounds.As long as you arn`t runnin a fire breather ,I say go short 12'' to 18'' with 2 '' pipe & you`ll like the sound!
  21. Olson
    Joined: Aug 11, 2005
    Posts: 851


    That's what I've got on the '64 Olds. 2" pipes and 18" Cherry Bombs. They are far from new, and sound mellow until ya goose it. Then it gets real snarly. It ain't *that* loud though.

    I find myself taking ways to get where I'm goin' that have lots of bridges to go under and narrow streets with brick buildings...

    lock, stock, and barrel baby...hook line and sinka
  22. malix
    Joined: May 2, 2005
    Posts: 63

    from windsor,ca

    If youre going for the best sound.. I vote for straight pipes... they sound real nice!!
  23. Im surprised not to see more guys runnin the Smithys... I see them everywhere. I put them on my '60 buick with a warm 364, they didn't really sound like glass packs to me though. It may be the placement as well. Mine were near the back of the car. I welded them together with the flow gowing in opposite directions (side by side - not end to end!) Then I crossed the exhaust over from one side to the other throught them.

    They had an awesome deep tone, and pretty loud too. kinda like a growl ;) I used to love to hear 'em bounce off the concrete barrier on the freeway.

    Damn I miss that car.
  24. Richard
    Joined: Aug 16, 2005
    Posts: 416

    from Rocklin,CA

    The best part about my cherry bombs is ....they were free.:D
  25. In response to someones question about the old cylinder type Thrushs...I seem to think they were more a mellow tone. I did only have them on a flathead though, so I cant be sure, but there was some bark upstairs, but a small amount...just mellow cruising, not barky there.
  26. The_Monster
    Joined: Sep 8, 2003
    Posts: 1,754


    Does anyone know of the real website to Smithy's muffler?

    Do they have thier own website?

    I cant seem to find them directly, only dealers.
  27. Monster, go see the guys at Portland muffler they used to make their own and maybe still do. they can and at times would custom make them but always can be bought any length you wanted. Hope they're still doing that.
  28. 3bytheknee
    Joined: Nov 1, 2003
    Posts: 307

    from Sonora, CA

    I'll submit a vote for Smithy's. The new ones are glass packs, the originals were steel. They have always sounded great and still do. I have 22" on the RPU and they are fairly loud. I have 26" on the panel truck and they are mellow. They also are available in 30" if you want quiet ones. The tone is perfect on those I have, shades of 1957.
  29. Save your money and go Straight pipe out the back. Alot more fun on the freeway.
  30. Rocky
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 13,426

    Classified Editor

    My Rocky Goodtime Van [TM] runs old cherry bombs off headers, through full exhaust ending with 3" echo cans. Sounds good enough but nothing ever sounded like the header-mount Purple Hornies I ran on my old 57 chevy. I ran a 327 with 310 degree Crane cam. The Hornies bolted to the headers and were constructed with their own exhaust of any kind behind the mufflers. Yeah, it was loud in the car but hey, I'm a car-guy. I'd turn the radio on after I shut off the engine...still couldn't hear it with the ringing in my ears.
    I loved them Hornies.

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