Land Rover Monthly - - Norfolk Garage -

A far more un­likely sur­vivor from the good old days is this ex­haust man­i­fold on an early Se­ries II which is cur­rently be­ing put back to­gether in my work­shop af­ter spend­ing many years stored in bits. This is the ‘swan neck’ man­i­fold fit­ted to early Se­ries IIS, with the ex­haust pipe ex­it­ing up­wards at an an­gle and pass­ing through the in­ner wing. The idea was to be able to use the same ex­haust cen­tre and rear sec­tion as on the diesel en­gine, which had a side-exit ex­haust man­i­fold. How­ever, the de­sign placed a lot of stress on the man­i­fold and caused it to crack, with the re­sult that most Se­ries IIS fairly quickly had their man­i­folds re­placed with the down­ward-fac­ing Se­ries IIA pat­tern items. I have not seen one of th­ese on a ve­hi­cle since the early 1990s so I thought I would share this one with read­ers. I am now ter­ri­fied that when I fit the ex­haust to it there will be a snick noise as it cracks. Fingers crossed.

A rare sight: an early SII ‘swan neck’ man­i­fold

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