When I was a teenager, there was a Doctor who lived up the street and drove a 1966 Corvette Big-Block, four-speed Convertible. The Doc’s Vette was one I’ll always remember because it had the ultimate in Corvette cool back then: side exhaust pipes.
To this day, I remember that distinctive sound the Corvette’s Side Exhaust made. Our house was on the corner at the bottom of the hill, so I always got a good earful of the rumbling, 1966 Corvette as he down-geared and braked for the stop sign.
While there is a fairly wide choice of sources for replacement, side exhaust mufflers for 1965-1967 rat motor Corvettes; many of the parts out there, once installed on the car, do not sound the way those original, C2 Corvette Side Pipes sounded.
To get the sound right, not only do the mufflers need to be the same length and diameter as the original Corvette side exhaust but the inner, baffled tubing needs to be manufactured in the same way. That’s where Zip’s side exhaust mufflers have an edge over Corvette side exhaust parts sold by others.
Zip Products has two types of replacement mufflers for 1965-1967 Corvettes with 327, 396 or 427 cubic inch engines and side exhaust. The first is for the Corvette enthusiast who wants a factory side exhaust muffler which will last much longer than originals. These mufflers are jig-welded. They have aluminized steel head pipes and 2.75-inch aluminized steel, chambered center-sections. The tips are the correct, 2.75″ diameter and are polished stainless steel for lasting beauty.
The second set is designed for the C2 restorer wanting an exact reproduction of the 1965-1967 factory original side pipes. These mufflers are also jig-welded, but they are made of carbon steel and have chrome-plated tips.
Both of these mufflers use newly-designed, inner baffle tubes which are exact replicas of the originals. Because they have the same baffle perforations as did the stock mufflers, they provide that “original” sound for your C2 Corvette.
These mufflers are made in the USA, are sold in pairs and are correct for 1965-1967 Corvettes, but they will fit all mid-year Corvettes.