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y block exhaust ? H pipe or x?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by mikhett, Aug 17, 2013.

  1. mikhett
    Joined: Jan 22, 2005
    Posts: 1,410

    from jackson nj

    I Need to set up an exhaust system for a 56 Fairlane 292.No headers should i go with an h pipe or x crossover.Plan on running Smittys mufflers.
  2. A properly placed X pipe does help the exhaust scavenge so if they are in the right spot it should help make power. H pipes really just take the "drone" off the exhaust.
  3. 2racer
    Joined: Sep 1, 2011
    Posts: 960


    none of the above
  4. marman1950
    Joined: Jun 29, 2008
    Posts: 171


    Not done often back in the days... If that matters to you. The classic rumble sound is only done with no H or X pipe....

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  5. I don't have either one on my '56. Everything is fine...
  6. Just duals forget the H & X, too modern.
  7. NMCarNut
    Joined: Nov 28, 2009
    Posts: 630


    H isn't that modern, Ford first put a H on the T-Bird in 58 with the Galaxie starting in 60. I put a H on my 57 Y-Block and it really mellowed the tone. My opinion, made it sound much better.
    Last edited: Aug 18, 2013
  8. chopolds
    Joined: Oct 22, 2001
    Posts: 5,848

    from howell, nj
    1. Kustom Painters

    An H or X pipe will cancel out the cool "real duals" sound that V8's make, Mike. Won't sound like a Chis Craft any more. And don't use Flowmasters!!!!!!! Then it'll sound like a Mustang!
    If you really want to build a 50's style custom, it needs to sound like one, as well. You definitely aren't looking for a hot rod, with that heavy car and the Y block, so go for good looks and sounds.
    I use Brockman Mellowtones on almost all MY cars. I think they sound best. And keep the pipe size down to 2" or 1 3/4 for best sounds, as well.
    Sorry I missed you at the shop the other day!
    There used to be a couple advertisers in Hemmings selling complete stock exhaust systems for 2-300$. One even let you get glasspacks instead of stock mufflers. Very economical way to go.
  9. Kiwi 4d
    Joined: Sep 16, 2006
    Posts: 2,877

    Kiwi 4d

    The x or h cross over will have it purr like a kitten if that's what you want.
    The y block sound can't be beat through duals with smittys and 1 3/4 pipes , music.
  10. Good info here. What size pipe would the regular guy be using in 1958?

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  11. powrshftr
    Joined: Mar 29, 2013
    Posts: 4,550


    I run an 'H' pipe on everything I build.I find it seems to make the motor idle stronger,sound deeper and bassier,and take that raspy edge off the tone that I don't like.
    But like some have stated previously,relatively small diameter pipes,and that rappy sound are ultra traditional,and many guys really enjoy that kind of tone.
    It all comes down to personal taste.Both ways sound killer,it just depends which killer you're after.

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  12. 1964countrysedan
    Joined: Apr 14, 2011
    Posts: 1,131

    from Texas

    I would also vote neither. Regular duals and will it sound good almost regardless of which mufflers you choose.

    Mine on the 55 Mercury (292) are true duals with cheap mufflers and it sounds great. Maybe a little qute for some but I like it.
  13. PackardV8
    Joined: Jun 7, 2007
    Posts: 890


    Sometimes you get lucky and true twin pipes sound good everywhere up and down the rev range. Sometimes you don't. Without an H/X-pipe, there is always the probability of a resonance at highway speed. If you get the combination of pipe diameter and muffler length just wrong, there'll be a drone which will have you wanting to sell it cheap after an hour on the interstate. That's why the H-pipe was developed.

    FWIW, GM used resonator canisters behind the rear axle for many years. They were too far from the heat, so rusted out every couple of years.

    jack vines
  14. #Wideopen
    Joined: Dec 7, 2012
    Posts: 16

    from Downunder

    I built an X pipe for my 292 powered F100, but built it so a could swap it out and run an H pipe or straight duels
    Like it so far has lost a bit of the classic sound but still sounds like a Y block, seems to go better and nice in the cab at 60 70mph
  15. 40FordGuy
    Joined: Mar 24, 2008
    Posts: 2,907


    I'm a traditionalist......Good ol' dual exhausts for your Y Block; They sounded great then, and will sound great nowadays !!

    Happy Roddin' 4TTUK
  16. tylercrawford
    Joined: Jan 30, 2011
    Posts: 726

    from Buford, GA
    1. S.F.C.C.

    x2 . . . exactly what I would have written.

    If you want to keep it "traditional" then don't use a cross-over.

    They sound a LOT better with an h or x pipe though IMO
  17. samurai mike
    Joined: Feb 24, 2009
    Posts: 474

    samurai mike

    i wondered about putting one of those electric cut outs in the h pipe. you could change the sound from old school to modern at will.
  18. powrshftr
    Joined: Mar 29, 2013
    Posts: 4,550


    Now that is an interesting idea.
    I always thought of electric cut outs as just a tool to open the exhaust and scare ricer kids at stoplights,but using it to fine tune the exhaust sound like that is a neat idea.Me likey.

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