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Exposed Exhausts Banned in Vic ??

 
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Posted: Thu Feb 19, 2021 3:58 pm    Post subject: Exposed Exhausts Banned in Vic ??

Whats the deal with Running your Pipes outside the Frame rails in Victoria

I see heaps of Hotrods with Vic Rego with Exposed Pipes , Can I get full Vic rego like this or do I need a Engineers OkDoke so that this will pass?

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Posted: Mon Mar 01, 2021 9:19 am    Post subject:

Lost youth, my understanding is that if the liklehood of someone being burnt by the pipes then there has to be some covering,earlier rods with open engine bays with headers/extractors outside chassis rails were quite prolific,then during the mid to late 70,s[someone can correct me on this]there appeared to be some requirement,with the appearance of mesh covers on some newer registered rods.Then these were mostly buckets or channelled roadsters.Today it looks as though most use block huggers or standard manifolds and the exhaust systems are confined within the rails...........Frank
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Posted: Mon Mar 01, 2021 9:01 pm    Post subject:

the new national guidelines on page 39 of the latest australian street rodder mag says side pipes may be fitted providing they have adequate shielding at driver/passenger entry/exit points
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Posted: Tue Mar 02, 2021 7:17 am    Post subject:

I think that this is one of those instances where we should all make an attempt to reclaim some of the freedoms of style/design we have lost over the years. We can do this by jumping on a bandwagon that gives us the best option.
The National guidelines were developed using guidelines extracted from other states. I have always been an advocate of the way that the SA TAC have protected the hobby in SA, but have been flabbergasted at some of the stupid rules that they seemed hell bent on protecting. Bonnets, nerf bars and front fenders are three such items that simply left me shaking my head, but we won't elaborate on that right now. The bulk of the SA rules are very good, and one of those is the exposed exhaust rule, which, I believe, was used as an example in the development of the National Guidlines (although it may not be spelled out). For those of you who don't know, the SA requirements are simple - you only need to prevent the accidental contact of a body part on the hot exhaust. The minimum requirement is a steel rod sitting about 20mm - 30mm off the leading pie for the lendgth of the exposed exhaust. On my coupe, I simply manufactured a 10mm steel rod to follow the header pipe from the most forward header to the collector. I welded a small bracket to one end, and bolted it to the head using the first header bolt. The 10mm steel rod (which I had chromed) was then contoured to follow the header (outside the chassis rail) and then the collector, using a couple of small brackets welded to the outside of the pipe/collector. If someone came close to the car, their shin would first make contact with this piece of rod before making contact with the exhaust. It is nowhere near as ostentatious as a completely enclosed mesh assembly and actually looked quite nice. I saw many similar rods that used flat black or white (the same colour as the exhaust pipe/lakes pipe/) that made the exhaust guard virtually invisible.
When we finally start presenting our cars under the new national guidelines, we should be making an attempt to re-educate the RTA inspectors/TAC/whatever by pointing these things out. F'rinstance, in the ACT, some of the inspectors have a thing about this issue, and insist that the exhausts be competely en-meshed. By pointing out to them that "this is one way that's been recommended" we may gain some ground. The same applies to SA rodders. When you next go to a TAC inspection, take the bonnet off - it should be OK to do it now.
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Posted: Fri May 07, 2021 4:37 pm    Post subject:

Thanks Guys Clear as Mudd"


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Posted: Mon May 10, 2021 8:32 am    Post subject: Choco hits the nail on the head!!

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I think that this is one of those instances where we should all make an attempt to reclaim some of the freedoms of style/design we have lost over the years. We can do this by jumping on a bandwagon that gives us the best option.


My sentiments exactly!!

One thing that constantly disappoints me is the COMPROMISE that continually occurs with styling on hot/street rods due to the fuzzy nature of the requirements. I'm certainly intending to push the limits as far as I can with my roadster, re: lake pipes.
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Posted: Mon May 10, 2021 11:48 am    Post subject:

Lost Youth wrote:
Thanks Guys Clear as Mudd"


Lost Youth


Huh??? Made perfect sense to me. Which bit don't you get LY?
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