There seems to be only two places to buy a 1500HL Dolomite exhaust, either through the Club or from Rimmers. Rimmers have them in stock whereas the club get them made to order, needles to say the club works out cheaper and I saved more than the annual membership fee over the Rimmers price. However I was quoted 3-4 weeks leadtime and it took 6 1/2 weeks to come. In hindsight if I'd known this I would have paid the extra and got it straight away from Rimmers.
Anyway, first task was to remove the old exhaust. As the joint between the downpipe and centre section fell apart the week before this bit was easy to get apart. I removed the airbox to improve access to the downpipe/manifold flange, undid the nuts and freed the downpipe from the manifold and removed the support by the gearbox. Then I tried to remove the down pipe. It's supposed to exit from under the car but the flange wouldn't fit between the bellhousing/gearbox, subframe and body, it wouldn't come out of the engine bay either and I thought I might need to remove the carbs and possibly the manifolds.
|Downpipe wouldn't come out either downwards under the car or upwards through the engine bay.|
|Removing the downpipe upwards and out of the engine bay after releasing the engine and radiator mounts and jacking the drivers side of the engine up 2 inches.|
|Seized joint between centre and rear section.|
|Complete exhaust removed from the car, a bit of a rusty and bodged up mess!|
|Cleaning up the manifold flange with a Dremmel.|
|Downpipe rear support arrangement with new D-type clamp as original.|
|New Clamp on Joint between downpipe and centre section|
|New Clamp on joint between centre and rear section and new rubber hanger at the rear of the centre pipe.|
|New rubber hanger on the rear section|
However I was not at all happy with the angle of the rear pipe which was too low at the back.
|Rear Pipe too low for my liking at the back|
|Pipe a bit better at the back but still not perfect but as good as it's going to get.|