Well I celebrated Buford’s one year anniversary in fine style last week by finally getting back to wrenching on the car. The weather has broken, Spring is here, and I found both of my kids when the snow banks melted. Life is very good! If you have been following the saga of Buford T Justice, our 1987 9C1 Caprice you know that in late October, just days before the 2012 SEMA show, I hacked the exhaust off the car at the drags to see what I’d gain in elapsed time. The strip rained out so it was all for naught. I then drove the car to the dyno with the open pipes (hacked off at the crossmember), picked up a couple of HP and went home.
Following that, I added a set of Flowtech long tube headers and the now infamous “Purple Hornies” header mufflers. That was the extent of the exhaust system. While the short glass packs bolted to the header flanges took the sharp edge off the exhaust note, they were (as is no surprise) still not much good in the quiet department. Had I plumbed a full exhaust system for them out the back of the car, the situation may have been a little better than them terminating directly under the driver and passenger seat, but I was in a hurry. I drove the car with the header mufflers for a few months and finally the people living around me were so out of joint and relations with my elderly ‘hood got so ugly that it was time for action. The good news is that I had conditioned them perfectly for what “loud” was so even putting an aggressive sounding full system on would be a major win.
I started scouring catalogs and exhaust company websites looking for a header back system that was designed for the 1977-1996 B-Body. Try as I may, I couldn’t find one. Flipping into research mode, I discovered that the these B-bodies only vary in wheelbase from a first generation A-Body by one measly inch. The frame width is damned close as well, so that’s when I decided to get creative and call the people at Flowmaster with my plan to try fitting one of their PN 17119 kits that are designed for header applications on first generation A-Body GM cars. This is their American Thunder kit that comes with Super 40 mufflers, mandrel bent 2.5″ pipe and two types of tail pipes to suit your personal preference. Currently, retail on these kits is right around $480.00 depending on who you are shopping through. Not to spoil the story below, but the kit fits the B-Body application great, with a couple of minor tweaks. This isn’t a job you want to rush through. I work slow as it is, but in the interest of getting a good fit, I used a whole day and a little change in the morning to finish this. I did the work in my driveway, so you can too!
SCROLL DOWN TO SEE THE PHOTOS AN INFO ON THE INSTALL – ALSO, EVERY PREVIOUS INSTALLMENT OF THE BUFORD Y JUSTICE 9C1 CAPRICE IS LINKED AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS STORY!
- Introducing Project Buford T Justice – Our 1987 9C1 Chevy Caprice – The Adventure Begins!
- Project Buford T Justice: Our Cop Car Cruises Home and Then We Beat on It!
- Driveway Tech: Bodywork on Buford T Justice – We Close Our Roof Hole For Fun and (NO) Profit!
- Project Buford T Justice Hits the Strip with Some Pretty Shocking Results!
- Project Buford T Justice Hits the Dyno and Goes KABLOOEY! CARNAGE VIDEO INSIDE!
- Project Buford T Justice Will Be Saved For About A 100 Bucks With a 15 Year Old Transmission
- Project Buford T Justice Update: The Trans Thrash is ON!
- Buford T Justice Update: It Lives Again Thanks to a Down and Dirty Driveway Thrash and Junkyard Parts
- Buford T Justice, Our 1987 9C1 Chevy Caprice Goes Through Final Testing Before the Upgrades Begin!
- Buford T Justice 9C1 Update: The Parts From Hotchkis, Cragar, AFCO, and Mickey Thompson
- Update: Hotchkis Suspension & AFCO Bushings Transform Our 9C1 Caprice
- Buford Update: Our 9C1 Caprice Gets Real With Mickey Thompson Tires and Cragar Wheels
- Driveway Tech: How To Swap A Jeep Steering Shaft Into Your GM B-Body or G-Body Car With A Trashed Rag Joint
- Buford Update: We Flog The Suspension, Unveil a Mountain of Speed Parts, Spill Our Wild Drag Strip Plan
- Project Buford T Justice Update: Drag Strip Thrash Squashed By Ma Nature – We Learn Stuff – Plan B!
- Project Buford T Justice Quick Update: Where The Hell Has Our 9C1 Caprice Been?!
- Project Buford T Justice: We Go On Hot Pursuit Of Horsepower-Our 9C1 Caprice’s 350 Gets A Slap!
- Buford T Justice 9C1 Caprice Update: Metal Fab,Head Work, A Good Surprise, An Awful One
- Buford T Justice Update: Headers, Cheap LS Technology, New Valvetrain Parts, More Compression, Fun!
- Buford T Justice Update: A TCI 700R4 And Breakaway Torque Converter Get Our 9C1 Caprice Shifty!
- Buford T Justice Update: A Very Frustrating Day On The Dyno And How We’re Planning To Fix It
- Project Buford T Justice Update: Where Has Our 9C1 Caprice Been Hiding?
- Buford T Justice Update: We Install A First Gen Chevelle Flowmaster Kit On Our 9C1 Caprice!
- Project Buford T Justice: Our Caprice 9C1 Gets The Shaft! A Dynotech Drive Shaft That Is!
- Project Buford T Justice Our 1987 9C1 Caprice Hits The SCCA Autocross – Photos And Video!
- Project Buford T Justice Update: We Finally Give Our 1987 9C1 Caprice A Cheapo Nose Job!
- Project Buford T Justice Update: We Hit The Strip Again With More Power! (W/Video)
- Buford T Justice Update: We Bolt On Power From Trick Flow And Snappy Looks From Trans Dapt!
- Project Buford T Justice Update: Where The Heck It’s Been And Where The Hell It is Going -
- Place Your Bets For A BangShift Shirt! Buford T Justice Is Hitting The Dyno With This Engine One Last Time – Guess The Power And Win
- Project Buford T Justice: The Long Arm Of The Law Gets Longer With A Stroker Build – 388ci Of Budget Fun