|Ed fits some tubing onto the front of the engine.
||Mike begins cutting some bends.
||Mike shows a piece of pipe who's boss with an angle grinder. The pipe responds with sparks of fury. ...Perhaps Mike doesn't want to have kids?||After some AutoCAD work, we found the shape
needed to join 3 like sized tubes together in a collector.
|After joining 2, it was abundantly clear that
Mike's cutting ability wasn't up to AutoCAD's recommendations so the
tips were removed.
||2/3 of the front 3-1 collector.
||3-1 Collector Input View
||3-1 Collector Output View
|3-1 Collector Side View
||These were the inital welds for tubes #2 and #4.
||The front header comes together.
||The finished front header.
|The rear header begins.
||Straight on view of the rear header.
||View of rear header from under the car.
||Preparing attempt #2 at a 3-1 header.
|This one came together much easier than the last.
||Shot of the rear header attached to a flex joint
||The rear header and flex joint on the egnine
||Rear header and the rear downpipe.
|Another shot of the rear downpipe.
||Construction of the crossover pipe begins
||Side view of the crossover
||Shot of the front and rear down pipes (If anyone
wants a true dual exhaust, here ya go.)
|Shot of the rear manifold and crossover behind
the engine in the car
||The downpipes come out below the car.
||Shortly into the project, Mike bought a compound
miter saw and some 10" cut off wheels. Here's the setup used for
building a 2-1 collector.
||These are the 2 input tubes for the 2-1
|2-1 Collector inputs welded together.
||The long 2-1 input tubes were then cut
short. Here's the outlet view.
||This is the inlet view of the first piece of the
||The output is a big 3" pipe. This was
squeezed with a C-Clamp to allow the 2-1 inputs to fit inside it.
| Competed 2-1 collector.
|| 2-1 Outlet view
|| 2-1 Inlet view
||Left to Right:
2-1 Collector, 3" Magnaflow Catalytic Converter, 3" to 2.5" reducer, 2" flex joint
|End view of 3" catalytic converter
||Downpies welded to the 2-1 collector
||O2 bung welded into place
||Side view of downpipes & 2-1 collector
|All header components set out for painting
||Header components painted. Mike maked off
the flex joints so that it would look cool.
||Front painted header
||Rear painted header
|Flex joint on rear header
||Downpipes & 2-1 collector
||Crossover tube with flex joint
||Flex joint and flange at end of crossover tube
|Flange at other end of the crossover tube
||Front header installed on the car
||Side view of front header and crossover in the
||Side view of rear header and crossover
|Downpipes bolting up just past the cross member
||Catalytic converter and O2 sensor installed
||Zoomed out view from under the car
||Front header wrapped using itchy header wrap
|Crossover wrapped with itchy header wrap
||View of the required dipstick tube
modification. Essentially both stock bends are relaxed.
Piece of cake.
||The fan no longer fits in the engine compartment
and must be converted to a "pusher". This is a shot of where it's
||Mike's wife Meghan checks the fan for fitment on
the other side of the radiator.
|Mike's wife Meghan engineers a way to make the
fan work (and asks, "Why are you taking a picture of me?")
||"L" brackets were bolted to the support
under the fan.
||Shot of the fan bolted on.
||Since the fan is now a pusher, air wants to go
around the radiator. Here's a shot of the baffles Meghan put
|The fan is installed (wiring not shown).
||Top view of installation.
||Engine comparment view (radiator removed)
||Engine comparment view #2 (radiator removed)|