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This weekend I gave Fenchurch a service (at 74010 miles). While I was underneath I noticed the exhaust was on its last legs - I poked at the rusty silencer with a screwdriver and it developed a big hole. So I ordered a new two-part stainless steel exhaust from ESM. At £107 it wasn't the cheapest one available, but it is made by GS Exhausts who have a good reputation for quality and offer a lifetime guarantee. The most expensive standard exhaust I found (high-performance ones can cost even more) was £250 from P D Gough, who sounded very surprised that I could get one elsewhere for about £100. I didn't have the heart to tell him there are cheaper imported stainless systems available for £65 and mild steel ones for £40.

The new exhaust system arrived yesterday and I fitted it last night. It seems well made and it went on OK; the only fettling required was to shorten one of the mounting straps by an inch or so. As others had predicted, it is slightly louder than the old mild steel exhaust, even with the rotten silencer. I'm not too bothered (I just turn the stereo up another notch) but some people might be irritated by it. Two good things compared to the old one are the pipe doesn't touch the edge of the hole it passes through in the engine bay, and it has a good downpipe flange that hopefully won't start blowing every few hundred miles.

The plans for my Around Ireland Rally are proceeding nicely. I've put up a web page about it and have had adverts in various places. I'm working on a joint AIR/LEO flyer to hand out at MOT and the National Rally. I have been corresponding with someone from the Irish Morris Minor Owner's Club who has previously done a slightly shorter rally around southern Ireland and is interested in coming on the AIR. A couple more people sound very keen on coming with us but haven't definitely committed yet. Most of my friends list will no doubt be envious to learn that we are planning to visit The Cliffs of Insanity (AKA The Cliffs of Moher, where part of The Princess Bride movie was filmed). I've also decided we will visit Mizen Head and Malin Head (Ireland's equivalents of Land's End and John O'Groats).

Comments

Excellent news on the progress, and the exhaust.

Looking forward to the rally! I've got a couple of web sites of trad music so I'll start putting together a list of venues soon.
I've got a stainless exhaust already.. It's the only bit of the car that isn't rotten..

At the moment, my car won't get to Ipswich, let alone Ireland. i'm currently debating with myself what to do with it. Any journey over 40 miles is a bit touch and go, although I'm not sure why. At least it should pass the MOT in June ( I think.) just as long as the MOT station isn't over 40 miles away. If we could do Ireland in teeny tiny bits...
I really doubt it's anything major. It's a shame you're so far away or I'd give you a hand with it.

There could be a plan B. I have a 2-door saloon (Lintilla) that I'm determined will be back on the road by August. Her body and paintwork are a bit tattier than Fenchurch but she seems to be OK mechanically apart from a couple of minor things that I will have fixed by then (she got me back from Liverpool without a hiccup). The idea is to have her ready as a backup in case something major goes wrong with Fenchurch, but if they are both running at the time of the rally you could borrow her.