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In this video I bring you along as I help a fella out who needed a little exhaust work. Doing a "proper repair" wasn't really in the budget at this time so I did what I could with what we had. Think twice before we judge someone. Remember we don't always know the situation someone could be in. -Enjoy!
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Classic pt cruiser. It's got a bit of a muffler problem he dragged it it a little ways i wired it up uh requested that he gets his wire. Though that was his main concern. So we've took the wire off here and maybe.

He keeps it in his emergency kit or something. But anyhow the rest of the exhaust looks pretty solid. Unless i could tell the car's not completely smoked um. So instead of you know buying all the pipe and muffler and all that i think we're going to see if we can't just couple her back together for this fella get him a few more miles out of it before the old pt rots away on him.

She's well on her way. It's getting a little flappy down here on the corner. So we'll see what we can do so. I think the best bet is to just chop.

It off here. I've got us an inch and a quarter sleeve from napper. It's your 41 951 pretty classic and then i think we'll cut it off and the piece that's still in here. We'll get it out at that point and then we might have to expand this out a little bit and fry it on with the welders.

I'm thinking is probably our best bet so get your safety squints on and we'll chop it off actually sound a little weak sauce there on us that worked pretty good that's the astro pneumatic. She's a four incher uh. If you buy one of these it takes a tremendous amount of air to operate. It so.

If you just got a little you know homeowner kit air compressor. It may not function. Very. Well.

Even with an 80 gallon 29. Cfm. It's about all she wants okay. Let's uh.

We got a little bit of a sleeve in here. Let's get that out of there. See if we can just use an inside cutter bit here hook onto it there we go not quite what i planned. But it's pretty close so there's that now i don't believe so this is an inch and a quarter id.

I don't believe it fit in there because it's the same size. But what we can do is we'll just give this little two expander up a little because this should fit over the other side here and just like so when it does it fits beautiful um. The one thing we could do we could chop that off more let's see how much room. We have i guess before we get too excited.

It's not a curiosity because that went almost we could almost go full jerry rig on this thing. Just send it a little bit over. But actually we needed about right about there otherwise. It's kind of touching the inner fender and not the inner fender.

But can't quite do that we have some plastic bits over there it's hitting maybe just about like so yeah. And it's hitting some plastic. We better not better give it the old extension because it needs to be about there to not hit anything so let's uh let's expand this out just enough to fit that other pipe in there so we're going to use this little fella. This is not the typical expander.

I use this is a garage sale special she got a pretty small forcing screw and i don't know how or if it's going to work. But we're going to give it the old try so we're only going to go just as deep as where it's already originally flared out there all right so we're going to give her some beans like i don't it may just break. We might have to go back to the one we always use or may just work lovely uh. Where's our piece of pipe.

I better i don't like it guys not quite fell it didn't really open her up. I don't think i think we're running out of ugga duggars. Here this screw's pretty hot. It's probably gonna break this may be only for straightening pipes.

Not expanding them we can't get enough beef well instead of destroyed. This would probably work great for straightening out pipes. You know when napa sends them up and they're all smashed up. Yeah.

Let's grab our other expander look at that much bigger forcing screw on this one we have to go a lot more anyways whoa fella. But i don't want to split pipe. This uh old rusty pipe splits pretty easy. If it does we'll just have to put a little weld on i think.

It's about what's to happen. Yes. Sir. Seen that coming the good news is though.

I think we can get up in there. Yes. Yeah. She split it gosh dang.

It well we'll have to do what we got to do i think we'll give her just a couple tacks to hold it there oh we're in the palm. That's a good one we'll get her held then we'll weld up our little crack. We created yeah. I should hold her still there our crack is fixed.

Now we'll just buzz this around and then we'll stick it up on that top plate and set it where we need it and get it all welded up so it does have a hanger broke off the back of the muffler. We're going to stick her right about where she was and give a little tack on that to hold that still and i think we'll be in good shape. So that should hold it i had to break that one tack back off. There i want to want to move it up just a little bit higher than it was all right that looks a little bit.

I want to make sure it lined up with that figure where it was broke off so we can put a hanger back on his muffler and we'll get that thing fried on there. Oh somebody already put a second hanger on the pipe up. There. I didn't even see that so i just want to let that down a little bit.

Because the mig welder is kind of big to get up in there i want to make sure that it weld all the way around so it's easy just to set this down and then finish it off is all right there whoa oh. It's hitting on my lift that wasn't in the way because i had to put the lift in quite a bit. But the rockers are pretty crusty um. Maybe we'll just throw another hanger here on the back of the muffler.

So if it ever breaks again at least his muffler's not dragging down the road. You don't want to put on your squints for this part too let's chop a piece of rod off here let's put it through the og hanger. Just want to put a little bend in it we'll put it right back. Where it was and like i said this would just keep the exhaust from dragging.

If it were to break again beat it down here a little bit too beat it that way looks factory. I think something like this will work just fine stick that in there come on baby. I all could add another bend in the fella. But i think we'll go right below it we'll just weld it right to the body of the muffler.

How it was and put a little tension on it call it a day okey dokey. There i think he's back in business. It's all welded back together put the extra hanger on yeah that'll do oh we did a good job. All right folks that's it uh kind of temporarily slash permanently fixing the pt cruiser exhaust at least until it breaks again and so it's not an uncommon thing to you know have stuff break like that and just leave it back together particularly if the pipe's still halfway decent you get a few more years out of it before it all rots off now down in the comments section.

They're lighting me up because i should have changed everything because the pipe is rusty and you're correct uh as a business. Absolutely should have sold a muffler should have sold an intermediate pipe could have got more labor and then all the markup on the parts and therefore more money in my pocket. Keeping my guys employed and not just busy however i'm the one that did the job you don't know this fellas situation anymore that he knows yours so before you get all judgey on me uh. Just know that and that's all you need to know so anyways go down.

There still criticize me still give me the comment. The insti the facebook you all know what to do and just remember if i can do it you can do it thanks for watching.

98 thoughts on “Desperate times call for desperate measures”
  1. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Eric H says:

    Actually I think doing what you did was the right thing. The customers needs are important, and up selling work can absolutely hurt your customer and your reputation. Doing it good enough to keep your customer on the road and happy,,,, if its what they want,, then that is what you should do.

    Good work 🙂

  2. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Thomas Gerle says:

    Good job by a great guy!

  3. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Scott Kaercher says:

    I think you did a good thing for your customer and thats what keeps them coming back when their car breaks down. This isn't an all the time thing you did. Thats a good business man. Give them a break on labor and parts but next time it isn't gonna be fixing old parts thing its gonna be a sell them all new parts and make money thing.

  4. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars varanidguy says:

    Dude, why didn't you sell him a full cat-back, headers, and a cold air intake? Clearly you're slacking! lol Kidding, of course. Excellent job, and had a good chuckle with all the OSHA violations.

  5. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Argentacois says:

    BRAVO ça c'est de la réparation. 👍👍👍👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

  6. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Gordon Bruce says:

    Well said, good man.

  7. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars glen Decuir says:


  8. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars nowr2run says:

    When I do a welding job like that I paint over the weld so it doesn't rust so fast.

  9. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Chris's small engines says:

    With the way prices are going up so much , it is nice to see a trust worthy person looking after his customer . thing like this will bring people back for more service . the customer knows he saved money this time and will be back because of it . The long term customer keeps the shop busy and open .

  10. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars David Gerow says:


  11. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Iain Slade says:

    Nothing wrong with that. You might have made a few more bucks selling an entire system but the car did not need it as you have shown. The fact is, by doing things like this you have got a great business and a huge following here on youtube. If we all help each other a little the world would be a better place.

  12. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars PyroPotPie says:

    Safty squents fully ingaged in this video. Also, it was good on you to try and save this guy as much as you could, I would have tried to do the same.

  13. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars horrovac says:

    I'm always wondering, why not give the welding seams a bit of a spritz with a zinc spray? Did that once to use up the zinc spray I turned out not using, I brushed the rust off that was already setting on the new exhaust pipe I got and sprayed it on. As far as I could see the seams stayed completely intact for years (until I finally got rid of the car).

  14. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Black3ternity says:

    Thanks Eric for always showing us how to fix stuff and not replace the whole car.
    I appreciate the stuff you give the community here on youtube AND in your town. When half the car is way worse than the pipe, I see no reason to replace a whole pipe.
    I find your style so nice and great for customers. You do deep analysis and troubleshooting if it needs to be fixed, but you're not shy of just slapping on a bandaid in order to help a fella that might be concerned about his wire he used to hand the muffler. This guy will remember and probably come to you again. Maybe when he has a shiny new car in a couple of years. And this is long term investment by being just a good guy and helping others and not stuffing your own pockets.
    Keep up the great work and don't let Judgy McJjudgersons in t his comment section pull you down.

  15. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Rick Baker says:

    Somedays, it's a REPAIR shop… not a REPLACEMENT shop. Great work and thanks for bringing us along.

  16. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars trucker 101 says:

    I knew a really good mechanic who was the cheapest guy in town. And he could not figure out why he was so busy. You remind me of him. Always honest and busy.

  17. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Ray Voorhies says:

    Eric has another loyal customer. People appreciate businesses that treat them right.

  18. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Paul Tavres says:

    Surprised you dont have a snap on exhaust pipe cutter its a adjustable chain with tubing cutter wheels its fast easy no sparks dont know the number i am not a dealer just a retired mechanic

  19. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Patrick in Ottawa says:

    Those who judge others from the comfort of their living room have an erratic ding dong dinger due to a failing cluster. Frankly when I was 16, I had the guy a Midas weld one of my pipes using a pepsi can. '73 Duster. That cheap fix last the two years I had the car. The car was mechanically sound, but the floor pan, and trunk were holier than I was….

  20. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Carlton Lane says:

    Good job,I do the same,that’s y we are so busy,the pt got a 50/50 chance of going to the crusher before the pipe fails,good video thanks.

  21. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Diesel Hatz says:

    Hey, no criticism from this quarter. Not sure who these “renew everythibg” viewers are, but those are the ones who don’t have the skill set to repair the item.
    Your a highly skilled guy, trade and business wise, and you mix them both to keep the customer happy, and yourself in business. I think PT Cruiser will go away happy, recommending and maybe return in the future, if it doesn’t rust out. Wish there was a shop like yours round my neck of the woods, they always seem to be on the make, and don’t get me started on dealerships.
    Is there anything NAPA doesn’t have?

  22. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Steve Perrett says:

    good job

  23. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars R K says:

    Here is a man that values his eyes more than he values his lungs and skin!

    That said, you may find a transition to 0.023" – 0.025" wire a worthwhile upgrade (if you aren't using it already) for most things automotive related. You may need some new drive rollers.

    Also, I bet a $10 band clamp (if available locally) would have been a quicker repair. I've learned that keeping a wide variety of these in stock has saved me a bunch of time and effort. These days, the smaller eco-car sizes have been difficult to find at the parts store, but Jeff Bezos seems to have them.

  24. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars BigDaddy MRI says:

    Honest as the day is long. Don’t worry Mr. O. We got yer back. Heck, that exhaust will be working fine till that rust bucket goes to the crusher.

    Thank you for another great video. 👍👍

  25. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars OlofTheBald says:

    I hope you made sure he got his wire back as requested. The man drives a PT Cruiser, he's suffered enough!

  26. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Gplus Gplus! says:

    My 21 year old Greek Audi looks better from below than a 6 month upstate NY car.

  27. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars JayTheSpeaker says:

    I’m surprised it’s still running

  28. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Clifford Sandefur says:

    Good going My friend. Always look out for your customers with a car that won’t last much longer.

  29. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Melvin Jones says:

    The PT can cruse once again and again. Right ups till the rust gets it.

  30. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars atransitvanman says:

    do you lot not have like a 'hammerrite' type paint to prevent rust?? (nice lash up btw)🫡👍

  31. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars mc2whls says:

    Eric O, that was the correct repair for the PT Cruiser. Thank you for helping out a fellow human being.

  32. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Aaron Straw says:

    That repair will most likely outlast the timing belt if it has not been changed yet 😂

  33. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Rob Mitchell says:

    Madd hatter mr muffler lol

  34. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Frank Spencer says:

    When I was a kid, just a few years ahead of you, I was taught to REPAIR things. From the way I was taught, you did exactly the right thing. Sure, the business guru's will say the same things you did at the end but you told the full truth. There is no point in trying to get money from someone who maybe doesn't have it and additionally when people know they can trust you to do the best thing for them, they come back and spend the money when they have it.
    Honesty and integrity are hard things to come by these days. It helps me sleep at night knowing that you are out there and there are others like you still in business. Keep doing what you do, and we'll keep watching as long as you let us.

  35. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars arjan van raaij says:

    Good repair on that old banger of a car.

  36. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Endelt1 says:


  37. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Randall Bollinger says:

    Lol judgey… Lolol, I’ve used a soup can and a couple hose clamps as a temporary fix. Absolutely zero judgement here.

  38. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Billy Ray Valentine says:

    Lmao…Az trusts you pardner..😁

  39. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Arthur Rodesiler says:

    What you did was good. That's how you get customers back. That is the way I would have did it.

  40. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Lrrr Omicron Persei 8 says:

    The old temporary repair….. nice job , I did a temporary repair on a customers shop door about 15 years ago still going strong lol

  41. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Peter Dymond says:

    Never hurts to help, not everything is about making a dollar.
    Sometimes we make money, sometimes we make friends!

  42. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars ReservedForFutureUse says:

    No criticism at all – I'm sure this is exactly why your customers keep coming back: you can fix things, at a reasonable price, in a reasonable way, and get their vehicle going again. Love ya.

  43. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Hola! jason says:

    Thats how i redid my exhaust on my 95 chevy silverado. cept i went with 3 inch and my hangers were threaded rod.

  44. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Ray Remaker says:

    Great job Eric O. Love all your videos. You and your family are awesome and down to earth.

  45. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars John H says:

    Low cost solutions are the way to go and you are the master. Keep up the good work.

  46. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jim Bonney says:

    I still say the best repair for any PT Cruiser is a Honda or Toyota.

  47. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars James Donohue says:

    Probably made a repeat customer for many years .

  48. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Teddy Mullins says:

    This is exactly how I would have made the repair Great job

  49. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars FuNNy DuBBy says:

    U don’t have the time to a full repair like that! Might as well keep it cheap for the customer unless the customer is an insurance company or warranty, then u feel free to stack the bills up 😎