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Old 03/12/12, 10:43 AM   #46 (permalink)
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Got the key exhaust components ordered:

Doug's tri-Y headers (1-5/8" into 2" into 2-1/2")
Universal 2-1/2" X-pipe
Mac 2-1/2" Pro Dumps

Just need a little bit of 2-1/2" exhuast pipe and a couple hangers.
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Old 03/13/12, 09:22 AM   #47 (permalink)
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Got the coil spring compressor built, the Klaus Arning/Shelby style upper control arm 1" drop template and 17/32" drill bit. So I will now tear into the front suspension.

   

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Old 03/13/12, 09:26 AM   #48 (permalink)
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The first of the exhaust parts arrived...the 2-1/2" X-pipe.

I like the chamber design better than the "true" X designs.

 

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What made you go with the tri y's?
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Originally Posted by 65STANGChase View Post
What made you go with the tri y's?
Fitment compared to long-tubes, old school/period correct look.

The Doug's tri-Y's are a more serious version using a nice Y connection at each merge point. JBA is the only other one I've found that uses this in their tri-Y construction. Both are pricey.
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Have been a little busy with family obligations, so not a lot of work has happened. However, more parts have arrived.

The Doug's tri-Y's and MAC Flowpath pro dumps. The headers are bare and I am going to try the VHT header paint (primer, silver paint, and clear)

         
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Also got the front disc brake conversion kit in from CSRP with Kelsey-Hayes stock style 4-piston calipers, slotted rotors, and a new manual master cylinder. This kit is as complete as it gets, with bearing grease, thread locker, anti-seize...everything.

           
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Disc brake are in my list as well. I say try the paint but mine as well as my brothers just kinda flaked off
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Disc brake are in my list as well. I say try the paint but mine as well as my brothers just kinda flaked off
The paint that usually comes on headers flakes off almost immediately, but I've had good luck with the VHT in the past. I blasted the black crap off of some Hooker headers and painted them with the VHT white and it held up pretty well.
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Got a lot done this weekend, thanks to Tio Leo.

I put a lot of thought into the design of this stuff, and the end result came out even better than I imagined.

To start we made some nice heavy duty subframe connectors. My inspiration for these came from DazeCars and Tin Man Fab. So they slip into the front subframe, jog down and over to the top of the rear subframe. They fit nice and tight to the floor pan and make a significantly noticeable difference when jacking up the car from any corner. I just need to paint them up.

       

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Old 05/07/12, 07:50 AM   #57 (permalink)
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Next was the exhaust X-pipe to tie in the Doug's tri-Y headers to the MAC Pro Dumps.

First we had to remove the stock style shock tower braces to make installation of the driver's side header much easier by cutting out the spot welds. This will be replaced with a 1-piece Export Brace. I need to clean up this area nd paint it as well.

Then we spent a lot of time cutting and welding up some mandrel S-bends to make the custom X-pipe.

     
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We built some heavy-duty under-ride traction bars. I haven't been overly impressed with a lot of what I've seen in this department so we decided to build our own.

The standard bars are fixed end rubber or urethane bushings and the front mount is in single-sheer and are somewhat notorious for ripping the front mount from the floor pan on hard driven road cars. I have seen a rod-end version, but again the front mount was in single sheer and they were also very expensive.

So I placed an order for some 5/8" rod ends from Ballistic Fabrication along with some nice laser cut tabs that were priced right.

As you can see, the front mount is super heavy duty, in double-sheer, and the pad is not only a large piece welded to the floor pan, but it is also welded to the subframe connector.

For those that like to count, the 2 extra 3/4" rod ends are for the panhard bar that we were not able to get to this weekend.

         

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ps. the cheap hardware in the pics was only used for mocking up the traction bars. Grade 8 hardware will be used all around.
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