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