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March 9, 2014

NOW HEAR THIS: Put a muffler on it


A few years ago a neighbor of mine who operated a steel fabrication business bought some new diesel company pickups. The first thing he did was to cut off the mufflers and weld in a straight pipe for increased performance. Is there no law against this? Muffler and exhaust/tail pipe technology has been improved exponentially in recent years. I haven’t had to replace any part of an exhaust system on my car or pickup since the 1970s, and it’s a miracle that muffler shops are able to stay in business. I suppose diversifying into brakes, shocks and other automotive accessories has allowed them to exist, along with modifying state of the art efficient muffler systems into something only a male teenager or 20-something could appreciate.

I admit to being a card carrying member of the grumpy old man club, but I suppose that comes with the turf. Since I have idiosyncrasies and infirmities of old age, I just wish my hearing had diminished instead of my eyesight.

Then I wouldn’t have to listen to all the noisy trucks and motorcycles roaring past my house.  

Larry M. Jones is a retired Navy commander and aviator who raises cattle and hay in the Brock/Lazy Bend part of Parker County. Comments may be directed to

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