Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Handbrake work and driveshaft loop

Made some room for the new handbrake setup and exhaust.

Starting to work out the cable routing...

Made some mounts for a driveshaft loop I bought. This just clears the exhaust nicely.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Tube work finished! Ready for the final weld up with flanges and hangers. The tips will be done once the car is complete as I plan on modifying the rear valence a bit.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Friday, October 19, 2012

Dump pipes

 Continuing with the x-pipe fabrication. Today's work was the dump pipes.

I got the 3" pipes butting up nicely with the 3.5" dump pipes. I sprayed paint into the end of the 3" tube to mark where to cut the internal hole.

Welded up the x-pipe center. Forgot how much I enjoy TIG welding. Well, when it goes nicely anyway!

Tacked together ready for the next stage.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Exhaust work

Work is progressing slowly on the exhaust fabrication work. I want to tuck it all up as much as possible for ground clearance, and it takes some figuring out. I'm doing the work out at Motorsport Developments, cheers Sheldon!

I started with the x-pipe, and quickly modeled it in 3D to get the shape to cut in the 90ยบ bends. These 304 stainless mandrel bends are expensive and I don't want to mess any up. I printed a template and cut as marked.

The tacked together x-pipe.

I had to modify the crossmember to get the sort of ground clearance I want for the 3.5" pipe. I want to be able to run the car nice and low!

Saturday, October 6, 2012

'Body, meet Motor!'

Test fit the drivetrain today, to fix templates where the header flanges sit, so I can fabricate the exhaust with the body on the rotisserie.

I raised the angle of the drivetrain a little higher than this shot for some extra ground clearance, then bolted some 10mm flanges onto the header flange and welded them to the body.

3.5" stainless tube. Greedy motor!

The various mandrel bends that I'll use to fabricate the exhaust. Plus some straight tube. How hard could it be? Ha ha...