Saturday, February 03, 2007

Been awhile since the last post, but we are pecking away at it. It is the little details that take the time but will be worth it in the long run, if for anything else, personal satisfaction. Anyhow we decided to tuck the exhaust up a bit higher so that means notching out the rear crossmember, again for that muscle car era look. It really didn't take that much time other than measuring several times before cutting. Something anybody with a drill press and welder could do. We decided to go with 2 1/2" exhaust diameter so we got some 3" diameter pipe, cut it to the length that the crossmember is thick then sliced it a little less than half. Used a hole saw the same diameter as the outside of the pipe. Since the pilot drill on the hole saw would not be engaged in the crossmember during cutting you must securely (and I do mean securely, otherwise it will kick back) clamp the crossmember to the drill press table. Use a slow rpm, a light feed and plenty of cutting oil. Once that was cut thru simply lay the section of pipe in and weld. Finish it off with some grinding and you end up with a personal custom touch, not really noticeable to the casual observer but somebody looking over the details of your rig will appreciate. I guess sort of a wow factor. Not that this thing with a 2" lift really needed the extra ground clearance with tucked up exhaust, it was just something we wanted to do and it was easy.


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