Archive for the ‘Garage Services’ Category

keeping it simple

Monday, August 1st, 2011

This signum came in with the back boxes blowing on it. The replacements were expensive to say the least and the owners fancied something a little sportier so we decided to build him the rear section in mild steel. the car comes with a large centre box and 2 massive back boxes. To our surprise with the rear boxes removed the car sounded a bit more aggressive but the noise was hardly any louder. We had expected to need to replace the rear boxes to keep the volume sensible but Vauxhall had obviously been pretty cautious with the number of boxes fitted. With some simple pipework and a couple of nice tips the job was cheap and sounded great.

Moggy weldathon

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

We’ve been doing a  lot or Morris Minors recently. I think a lot of owners are pre-empting an increase in value so have taken to welding and waxoyling. This Morris needed lots of welding on the floor, but the further we got into it the more it needed. You can see from the pictures the amount of panels that went into the car, that’s not counting the ones we had to make! It took 2 solid weeks of cutting, dressing, welding, fabricating, welding again, dressing some more then waxoyling to get some strength  back into the old girl. After all of that I’m sure she’ll be on the road for another 30 years yet.

Mondeo based jigsaw

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

If you’ve ever wondered what the first part down the production line is on a V6 mondeo, the answer is ‘The Exhaust Manifolds’.  Our very good and regular customer of ours found himself in trouble when yet again no local garages or exhaust specialists would help him. Despite the drive he wound up back at our door hoping we could fit his tubular exhaust manifolds for him. Unfortunately there were several stubborn nuts and bolts in awkward places making the task a struggle. After several hours we had the manifolds off, or more specifically the car off the manifolds. Once back together the car sounded awesome. Check it out  on you tube on-

Awkward Alfa

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

This beautiful looking GTV had been giving it’s owner headache and heartache for months. The owner wasn’t shy when it came to getting his hands dirty and certainly know’s his way around Alfa’s. Everyone needs a little help from time to time though and we’re more than happy to work alongside the owners efforts.  The car has a pretty big turbo blowing through twin 40 DHLA carbs with a Canems ECU controlling the sparks. Every part of the system had faults that interfered with each other making the task of getting it running like trying to knit spaghetti. We did a little rewiring and resetting of things which improved the situation. Sadly as hard as we tried the carbs wouldn’t work sweetly, although it was healthy enough for an MoT. These projects are rarely a quick fix, more work in progress. The owner has new carbs on the way and we’ll try again when they arrive. Despite the challenge it’s a pleasure working on such a beautiful and special classic.

Burnt Body Kit

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

This BMW had been treated to an M3 kit but needed some exhaust work. the standard exhaust had been sitting against the body kit and melted the back bumper. The request was to give the car a copy of the M3’s quad tip design. This was a tall order as the back box sat right up against the bumper leaving no room for pipework. We designed a system that turned the gas flow around and brought it forwards again before heading back to the tips. The look and sound was exactly as the customer wanted

You’ve got to be flexible

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

Most exhausts have flexible section in them to allow the engine and exhaust to move independently of each other. A lot a manufacturers these days are putting the flex on the same section of exhaust as the cat. That means that when the flex goes you have to bin the cat and dig deep to replace the lot. At AA Silencers we can replace the flex by itself. We weld in a flex to the same specification as your original exhaust often for less than half the price of a replacement exhaust.

Crusty Moggy

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

This Moggy has been in to us before for a bit of rolling restoration. This time there was only a small crack in the chassis rail at the front. We cut it out and treated the inside of the rail with rust killer. A new chassis section was then grafted in and the whole thing treated to a dose of Waxoyl. The owner of this car takes a lot of pride in it. It’s a pleasure to take the time to do a thorough repair to a high standard.

stainless savings

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

The stainless exhaust on this Jag had kissed one too many speed bumps. Although the battered box was doing little to silence the car the owner quite liked his new found exhaust tone. We replaced the box with a sportier design and with a few modifications saved the rest of his stainless system. Another nice cheap fix to a potentially expensive problem.

Dealer Services

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

Not everyone realises but even if your car is still under warranty we can stuill service it here at AA Silencers. So long as the approved schedule is adhered to and main dealer parts are used we can stamp your service book and maintain your warranty. Most of the time we are nearly half the price of main dealer services. That’s a saving that’s hard to ignore.

A bit more mild

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

As the summer sets in all the classics come out and head for the shows. This one was also in need of a few touch ups in the exhaust department. Again there was no need for a complete new system and given that the car only did limited mileage each year the owner felt a stainless exhaust wasn’t necessary. For a fraction of the cost of stainless we custom built the back box in mild steel saving him money and still giving that tailor made touch.