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Before I started hanging around with Becky. Actually before Becky had inherited the SmokeMobile even, I had some revving experiences with a girl named Marci while we were in high school. Marcie and I had a little problem with the 260 in her '63 Fairlane coupe. Marcie wasn't a terror on the highway or anything, but she usually went pretty fast. She didn't go super fast, although there were a couple of times I thought we were history coming into a corner. Instead she was more a fast acceleration type, always pedal on the floor getting on the highway and getting up to speed. Her dad was a real piece of work. A cheap skate of incredible proportion among other things. Today his ass would be in the slammer for being abusive, but in those days and that part of the country he was king of the castle. When the exhausts rusted out on the Fairlane he had a muffler shop put some "economy" mufflers on it. They looked like glasspacks, but weren't. They weren't as loud as a glasspacks, but it made the 260 sound nice. The 260 had a subdued roar when she had her foot in it or if she was sitting still and gassed it.She took a liking to revving the 260 and making some sounds. The Fords of that era had the muffler clear at the back of the car. I don't think the Fairlanes with dual exhaust did, but the singles did for sure. The muffler shop put both the mufflers to the back. I figured out it would be easy to take the mufflers off and three foot long pipes could be put in their place. The result was a set of straight pipes on a 260 V8. Now the little Fairlane sounded nasty as hell if Marcie stood on the pedal. And it turned out that she loved to do jus that & hear the 260 make the straight pipes roar. Probably for me as much as her, but what the hell. Revving and pipe rapping is revving and pipe rapping. We took the mufflers off the first time one Friday night and cruised into town. We took the old highway on the way in and I had her get on it several times to see how it sounded. The pipes really roared when she had her foot in it. When she let off, the exhaust reversion, which makes a sharp sound at higher rpms, set up a hell of a pipe rap. We pulled over and she floored & revved it a bunch of times and really rapped the pipes off. She floored it hard enough that I could hear the pedal thumping the floor. She was having a ton of fun making the Fairlane roar and pipe rap. She made all kinds of noise for the better part of 30 seconds or more, long enough to get a fair sized cloud of smoke behind the car. I had to sit very still to keep the post in my pants from being too visible on the ride on into town.We drove on into town and pulled into the Dairy Queen. People could hear the Fairlane and tell that we had the mufflers off. It wasn't long and Marcie got a request to hear how it sounded. She revved it hard about 5 or 6 times and made some impressive sounds. We hung around the D.Q. for a while and then set off for the A&W. We took off pedal to the floor in low and roared down to the stoplight. The Fairlane was a fairly quick little car with the 260 V8 for power. I doubt if the straight pipes made it any quicker, but the roar coming out of the back made us think so at the time. Over at the A&W, she had to do some demo revs for the crowd that was there. Listening to the sounds she was getting to come out of the Fairlane kept giving me a swelling problem. We stayed around the A&W the rest of the night. We took a couple of cruises back into downtown to see if anything was happening there. Every time we left the A&W it was pedal to the floor and the 260 roaring through the straight pipes up to the stop. When we got back toward the A&W after the cruise I'd have her stay in low after leaving stop sign and wind it out heading toward the A&W. We'd come up toward the A&W at about 4500 rpm and she'd let off to slow down and turn in. The pipe rap when she let off at that high of rpm was phenomenal. We rolled into the A&W with the Fairlane's pipes rapping, snapping, and making a hell of a racket. Everyone knew we were back.Once back, we kept it down so that we didn't kicked out. We took the back way home again and pulled over once and put the windows down. Marcie revved and made all kinds of noise. She really got with it, making the Fairlane sound fabulous. At the end of the revs she planted the pedal to the floor for about 3 or 4 seconds. The 260 revved to about 4900-5000 and the straight pipes let out a scream. This was 1969/70 with its speech patterns: She looked over at me after revving the hell out of it and blowing a giant cloud of exhaust smoke and said "This is pretty heavy"... I just nodded as I thought "heavy?? this is heaven". She had rapped the straight pipes off for probably 30 seconds without end which was nothing short of incredible. The sound when she held it floored was even better. We eased it back home and back to the garage at my house. In a few minutes we had the mufflers back on and she was on her way home.About a month later, just as spring vacation started, the Fairlane was running rough and needed a tune up. Marcie brought it over on Saturday and I put it in the shop. The sparkplug wires were bad and the sparkplugs were terrible. I asked Marcie when the last time was that it had been worked on. She said she didn't know. The car probably had all the same ignition components in it as when she got it. The points were almost eroded down to the pivot arm too. I put all new wires, points, condenser, rotor, cap, and plugs in it. With the new parts the 260 ran fine again. It was a rainy day so I was doing some work on a couple of Hondas and a Triumph that different guys had left for me to fix. Marcie hung around for a while and then had to head for home. She asked if I wanted to go into town that night. I said "sure", and asked if she wanted to come by a little early and we'd put the straight pipes on. She smiled and said she'd be back a 6:30.She was back at 6:00. I wolfed down the rest of dinner and was out to the shop like a shot. Too fast, in fact. I was just getting ready to take clamp and mount loose to drop one of the mufflers when dad came out to the shop. Oops...Gonna have to come up with plan B....It was a piece of cake to pop the mufflers off. All it took was a 6" Crescent wrench and a 7/16" box end. I acted like I was just checking some stuff out (don't know if he bought it then or not). I popped the hood and looked around and pronounced us ready to head for town. Marcie could tell what I was trying to do. Dad headed back in the house. I grabbed a piece of tarping, a pair of leather welding gloves, some tools, and the extension pipe and threw them in the trunk. We would pop the mufflers off up on the old highway. It was raining, but not too hard so I didn't think I'd get too wet.We took the old highway and pulled over at the same spot as before. I laid on the tarp, took the mufflers off and put the extension pipes on. The extension pipe stuck out from under the bumper quite a ways, so it obvious when we had the muffler off. It had stopped raining. I told her to start it up and rev it little for me. She fired it up, let it idle for about 5 seconds and then floored it and floored it. The straight pipe roared and rapped as she kept the 260 revving for about 20 seconds. The pipes blew a high velocity plume of grey and blue smoke 15 feet straight behind the Fairlane that made quite a cloud. The roar and rap was deafening that close to the bumper, I was in heaven again. When we went to take off I had her stop in the road, powerbrake it and then stand on it. The right rear tire broke loose on the wet pavement and the rpms hit what sounded like close to 5000. We were barely moving and she kept her foot buried in it while we started going faster and faster. All the while the 260 was revved to the max with the pipes putting out a tremendous roar. I had her get it up to almost 40 in low and let off. The sound of pipes rapping and snapping was fantastic. Marcie was grinning from ear to ear and I had a real swelling problem. We cruised on into town.We pulled into the D.Q. and without me even suggesting, Marcie dropped it to neutral as we were stopping and let out with two great rap offs. Everyone knew were there for sure. She shut it off and we went inside where a lot of the group were hanging out. We kind of split up. Marcie saw a couple of girls she knew and I was talking to some guys about when they wanted me to put the big bore kits in their Hondas. Pretty soon she came back by with two other girls and said that they were going over to the A&W. I reminded her not to get side tracked and leave me like the time everybody thought that somebody else was picking me up. She gave me little bit of a glare as they went out the door. She didn't do anything too special starting it up or crossing the lot, but she stood on it getting onto the highway. The 260 & straight pipes let everybody know she was leaving.They were gone for good while. By now, I was outside talking to other people and beginning to wonder if I was on foot again. I didn't think so, because the other two girls with Marcie would need to get back to the D.Q for their rides too. In a little bit, I could hear that I hadn't been left. You could hear the Fairlane leave the stoplight 3 blocks away with the pedal on the floor and hear it wind tight in low, with the straight pipes wailing and echoing off buildings. Then about a block before the D.Q lot the straight pipes started letting out fabulous pipe rap sounds, snaps and bangs when she let off. She let it rap all the way down and turned into the lot. Most everyone was looking to see what had sounded so good and some were a little surprised to see that it was the Fairlane. She pulled into one of the parking spots & left it running. The other girls got out. Some other people went over and hung around, talking, etc. I went over and told Marcie that she's sounded great coming back from the A & W and then went back over to finish the conversation with the guys I'd been talking to.After a couple of minutes Marcie was still in the car with it idling and some different people were milling around. She rapped the pipes off a couple of times for the people over by the car and they were impressed. A few minutes later she rapped it off again. She really got it on and revved it hard that time. Then she held it floored..........I wasn't looking at the time, but when she stood on it I turned around, since I was surprised by the sound. It sounded like the 260 hit almost 6000 rpm or more and the straight pipes screamed. I turned around thinking that she would hear how high it had wound up and get out of it. There were 15 foot jets of smoke shooting out of the screaming pipes & she'd had it floored for several seconds. And then there was a string of 6 or 7 loud backfires with flames and sparks shooting out of the pipes. As soon as that happened she let up. I could hear that there were problems as I walked through the smoke toward the car.The 260 was idling with a miss on at least two cylinders. There was whistling sound timed with the miss in the exhaust. There wasn't any white smoke coming out of the pipes however. Stuck or bent exhaust valves for sure, and who knows what else. Marcie was just sitting with a scared look on her face. She asked if it was bad. I said that yes it was bad. I had her shut it off. I popped the hood and a bunch of people gathered around to hear the doctor's prognosis for the patient. It hadn't been blowing any white smoke out of the exhaust, so there weren't any holes in the pistons, I thought. I took the distributor cap off and told Marcie to crank it for about 10 seconds. I watched the rotor pass by the spots for the different cylinders. There was low or no compression on two different cylinders, one in each bank. Yup....., I thought, bent or stuck valves. I put the cap on and had her start it. It started and ran, but had the miss. The lifters rattled on the two bad cylinders because the valves were hanging open. I figured the heads were screwed up for sure, but the bottom end was probably OK. Not a huge problem, but still a lot of work.Still, we were in deep doodoo. While it wasn't in pieces, the 260 was effectively "blown up". I thought it would run OK enough to get us home. I pronounced to everyone, since they were all asking, that she hadn't blown it up: The valves were only stuck. It was a lie, but at least the word wouldn't get around too far that she'd revved it and blown it up. I told her I'd drive and we'd limp it home. Marcie was almost in tears, thinking that her folks would kill her. She said that she had floored it before quite a few times and nothing happened. I said I knew, but this time had been different for sure. Then, it dawned on me that the new points, plugs, etc made it run better than it had in while. In fact, what happened is that the new stuff let it rev higher and that's why the valves hit the pistons. I told her that I should have warned her that it would rev higher and she should be careful. I said I could fix it and she wouldn't get in too much trouble if we were lucky. I had to fix it, with her dad being such a freak as it was. I was only 16, but doing engine work was no problem. I'd already had 6 or 7 motorcycles, most British and had overhauled most of them. I'd changed heads in the truck shop the first time when I was 13.We took the old highway home and stopped to put the mufflers back on. While I put the mufflers back, I came up with a plan. There was a 260 in our shop that we had bought out of wrecked Mustang for use in one of our satellite collection units that used a small block Ford for power. The heads would be the same, I thought. I told Marcie to be at my place a 7:00 A.M. I intended to set a record for changing heads on a Ford 260. If I did, her parents would ever know what the real story was and I'd come up with a stuck valve story for why I switched heads on her car. I did set a record too. I had the heads off and had Sent Marcie after a gasket set by 7:30. Each head had an exhaust valve that was just a little off the seat, the same valve in each head. There were marks in the carbon on the valve clearance cuts on the piston domes from the valves, but the pistons were OK. I had the other heads waiting to go back on when she got back. About the time I was putting the intake manifold on, my dad showed up in the shop. He wondered why I was switching heads, so I had to show him. He wasn't that surprised. He took a socket, knocked the keepers off and pulled the valves out of a couple holes. They all had rock hard deposits on the stems, under the keeper grooves. He said that the deposits would break off sometimes and go between the guide and stem & hold a valve open at higher rpms and the piston would bump the valve. He said it didn't always bend the valve. I'd seen that on the valves of the different British bikes I had. They had piss poor oiling to the heads on some of them and they'd bake the oil on the exhaust valves. He said that the Fords would do the same thing when the oil didn't get changed often enough and the sludge built up under the valve covers.I'd have to get the old heads redone he said. Marcie said she' pay for them. Dad told her she didn't have to. He knew about her dad too. Dad said to run some carbon cutter through the 260 after I got it running. He'd looked at Mustang heads and they were pretty good, but I should run some through anyway. That was going to make massive amounts of smoke. Marcie had no idea of what it meant. When were done we went down to the parts store and got the carbon cutter. It was form of oil & solvent. Marvel Mystery Oil is what dad swore by. We got a quart and went up in the woods. To loosen and remove carbon, you poured the Mystery Oil in the carb while keeping it running. The oil flooded the cylinders and clouds of white smoke billowed from the exhausts. Then you let it quit and waited 15 minutes. We ran the Mystery Oil in with me pouring and Marcie keeping it running. She couldn't believe how much smoke it made. After the 15 minute wait, you restarted the engine and revved it hard to knock the deposits loose and get rid of them. Marcie was well qualified for that.... We restarted it and I told her that she could rev as hard as she wanted, but no holding it floored for a long time. She needed to rev it until the smoke almost stopped. She revved the hell out of it, generating a 200 foot billowing smoke cloud at first. She thought the huge cloud was great. It took a couple minutes for it to go from thick white/blue smoke to just lighter blue smoke. She revved and romped it the whole time. We could drive it and finish now. We got on the road and I had her drive hard. We left a couple of long blue smoke trails as I had her get on it in low gear. She knew what I liked so she wound it out in low, let up on the pedal and let it rap the mufflers off.... After a couple of those we were set. The 260 was running fine. I only wish we'd have done it with the straight pipes in place.
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Date Posted:04/29/2005 11:40 PMCopy HTML

Great story, LP. 
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Pipes, you make us all wish we were there, where are they now?...hirev
No Mercy
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I think I love Marcie.
I love watching women "warm up" a car, especially in a pair of loafers and a pair of red socks with those in my avitar!
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Not sure where either Marcie, Becky, or Carlene would be.  It's been between 32 & 35 years since their antics went on.  Becky moved out of state in the early '70s.  As of 15 years ago Marcie & Carlene were still in the state.  Now I don't know.
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I just saw a fairlane yesterday (63 or 64???).. it wasn't a 260, but it made me come back to read this story again!!!

I gotta get what's left of my Mustang collection going soon...

Willy 

Cindy"s trying to blow up her red Mustang convertible again!!!! That little V8 sounds like the 4th of July!!!!! She"s had it floored for.........!!
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Had to refresh my memory about revving the small fords.. the part about the carbon and the valves sticking.

I still have some Marvel Mystery oil... sounds like a smoke show would be neat!

I forgot.. can't do that with a car with catalytic converters??????

Cindy"s trying to blow up her red Mustang convertible again!!!! That little V8 sounds like the 4th of July!!!!! She"s had it floored for.........!!
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Had to refresh my memory about revving the small fords.. the part about the carbon and the valves sticking.I still have some Marvel Mystery oil... sounds like a smoke show would be neat!I forgot.. can't do that with a car with catalytic converters??????
JUST HOLLOW THEM OUT, BUT YOU DIDNT HEAR THAT FROM ME...LOL
I love watching women "warm up" a car, especially in a pair of loafers and a pair of red socks with those in my avitar!
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But it is sad that you are not active here anymore Loudpipe


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