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While I was getting all the welds and plasma cut areas all smoothed out on the modified areas, I went ahead and finish welded the muffler to the pipe assembly. I attempted to keep the tube in the same relative position while I went around the joint. Everything turned out nicely.



I dusted a little primer on the rocker area that was bare metal and removed the tape off of the tip. Getting all of it reinstalled on the car, without any extra bracing it still lines up, thankfully.



I had to get a right side up pic of the tips without their yellow tape, the picture does not do them justice...



With a little rearranging, I'm onto the passenger side. The tip on the driver's side will have to come off again to make some cut templates, and for general reference. Hopefully the second side will be quicker.
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Good lord, your welds look better than most people do.
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I wish I could see as well as I use to, I look at the pictures and think that most of the welds I show look mediocre at best. Thank you for the compliment though, I appreciate it.

Got to chopping up the passenger side. I made some templates from the other side and laid out all the cut areas. I removed the majority of the areas and left some material to fit the parts too. Getting the tunnel filler to fit was a little easier as I had a somewhat clue of how to go about it.



With a little time, the hole in the rocker was just right, the inner rocker was laid out and trimmed. Lots of grinding and more material removal, the filler was tack welded in place. I went ahead and mimicked the notch from the driver's side and welded it in place, while I was at it. Getting the majority of the parts all welded up, it is ready for some metal finishing. It would be fun to leave it all messy without grinding the welds... maybe next time lol


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Good lord, your welds look better than most people do.
I see pics like this and I wonder if the person is showing off the progress or the welds!

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I see pics like this and I wonder if the person is showing off the progress or the welds!

As this part of my progress is pretty much welding items together, I'll be showing the results of my progress. I do not post pics of my work to be prideful or have a "look at me" type attitude, but rather the intricate details that I am attempting to put into my build. I am not the be all end all of car builders, just sharing what I am up to.


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As this part of my progress is pretty much welding items together, I'll be showing the results of my progress. I do not post pics of my work to be prideful or have a "look at me" type attitude, but rather the intricate details that I am attempting to put into my build. I am not the be all end all of car builders, just sharing what I am up to.


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lol....don't really figure you are, just being jealous of the level of skill shown. VERY nice work!
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lol....don't really figure you are, just being jealous of the level of skill shown. VERY nice work!

Thank you for the kind words, I do appreciate it.

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Still slowly getting things accomplished, snails have a quicker pace than I do lately. Didn't want to re-hash the usual grinding and fitting portion, so a little fast forward. The welds are all ground down, and the majority of the areas are semi trimmed to final size.



Fitting pipes, welding V band clamp flanges, tacking stuff together... (with a gratuitous weld porn pic)



With things coming together, a quick check to see if this fits, which thankfully it does.



I have removed the muffler to cut the exit hole in the side and get these pipes attached. The extra long, drawn out exhaust build is getting ever so close to completion, yea!!
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As I continue to get interrupted with other issues (like putting a clutch in a AWD Outback, yea...) I have gotten the attachment brackets fabricated and positioned. They were already laid out so all I had to do was to cut them out, drill, bend and weld them up. A few holes drilled in the car (actually a bunch of other steps were needed, blah, blah blah...) and the passenger side piping is fairly well done.



I removed the system and welded the muffler to the X pipe assembly. I do not like how the rear rocker area doesn't look like the other side. A straight edge confirmed that this side is about 3/16" flatter than the driver's side. So while the exhaust is off the car, this area will be chopped back apart and brought out to the same contour. My OCD will not let me ignore this.*

Barring any more surprise "friend" projects, I'll get that fixed and move on to getting the holes in the floor covered up.

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I fixed the rocker shape on the rear portion, it looks much better. The exhaust was removed, the band was welded in the frame rail notch and a few other touchups were knocked out. I decided to go ahead and remove the car from the rotisserie for a while, so over to the lift it went.



The frame table was positioned under the car and lowered into position. I was glad it all lined up with just a little persuasion. I think it looks funny on this as I have only seen the '70 convertible sitting on it.*



The junk castors I used for the table do not like the weight of this car. With the block, heads and transmission in the chassis, along with a roof and cage it added some weight (compared to the convertible)**and the castors protested. I'll get it all in position and leveled, then get these holes in the floor filled back up.*

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I feel so inadequate, makes me want to drop my project off at the junk yard!! You have skills, motivated me, so thanks for sharing, looking forward to the completed project.
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Since everything else I have done on this car is "overkill", might as well continue with that theme lol. I wanted to give the frame rails a little more support, since I all but cut them in half. I also need a way to plug those huge holes I cut in my new floor. So I started with a template, then enlarged it a little. I then transferred the pattern to some 2" x 4" x 1/8" wall tube. A little bit of Sharpie guided plasma cutting and we have some roughed out frame beef-ups.



A little trimming, some grinding, more trimming and the beef-up is starting to fit.



When I torched out the rough shape, I left a long strip of the top of the tube, which was cut at the tangent line of the radius on the corners of the tube. The front is bent down to the radius I cut into the tube, which takes the contour of the part.



Tack welded in place as the strip makes contact



Fully welded and ground. The radius on the sides mimic the original shape of the tube, (your how to for the day lol) and will look like it was formed, not welded.



I have a couple of plasma holes I didn't get filled, but I'll take care of them shortly. I am going to cut some of the height out of these as they look huge, and probably do not need to be that big. I'll get it trimmed, then notched for the side pipe routing.
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I was going to ask how you would replace the structure cut out, but I was confident you had a plan.

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I was going to ask how you would replace the structure cut out, but I was confident you had a plan.
I have had a general idea of what I wanted this area to look like, it is a little bit taller than I have originally envisioned, but I think it will work. Least I hope so lol. I'm glad you have confidence in me, I doubt myself sometimes.

Finished trimming in the beef-up part and down sizing it by over 1/2", it looks much better. I marked the area that it will be attached to and removed the floor leaving the frame rail flange exposed. I did not want to weld this to the floor pan, that would have been fairly useless.



With all that removed, I went ahead and marked the area for the pipe to go through and cut it out. I also cut a strip out of the leftover tube to enclose the 1/2 hole. A little bending in the vice, tacked and welded in place. I will trim the excess off and get the welds ground down on the beef-up and the frame rail. Should be welding this one in place on the next posting.


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