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Old 04-02-2013, 07:10 PM
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This is AMAZING! This build has truly been one for the books. The craftsmanship and creativity and just every little detail makes you truly appreciate the time it takes for custom builds like this. This is gonna be one top notch ride. Keep the photos coming!
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Old 04-04-2013, 04:05 AM
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wow omg awesome!!!!!!!!!!! love your work!!!!!
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Old 04-06-2013, 07:30 AM
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Many thanks for the kind words.
Just been out camping for the Easter break but my dad wrote off his XJ on the way home, so have to find a newer Jeep for him to replace it now.

The new cats arrived just before we left so hope to get a chance to fit those shortly.
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Just tending to a few small things I can fit in between the house renovations.


I didn't like was the exhaust support rod only going halfway through the bush. Not sure if it is due to the different transmission and transfercase the 5.7 has compared to the 6.1 that the pipes were made for?


Support rod fitting much better now after cutting off the old one and moving it forward.


I got my replacement high flow 3" Kooks cats made by GESI. They are the same diameter as the little resonators the mid pipes had where the cats normally would go so made them an easy fit.


Welded in the first cat that is under the transmission pan. Was able to get it to sit a bit lower to get a bit more clearance above it.
Can also see how much smaller they are compared to the factory cat on the right.


With the extra clearance gained I had enough room to fit a heat shield above the cat to reduce the radiant heat effecting the transmission pan above it. So I decided to make it from the factory cat housing. Here is what it looks like after cutting it in half.


Ground the ends of the cat housing out until it sat low enough over the pipe while still leaving sufficient air gap to the cat underneath.


Can see the air gap left. I may use the other half of the housing to fit over the second cat as well to keep the floor cooler.


Can see the heat shield in place.
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Old 04-20-2013, 11:13 AM
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Nice work I cant wait to hear the sound of that.
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Old 04-20-2013, 03:23 PM
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That looks terriffic! I love the heat shield idea!
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Finally all the exhaust is done.


Decided to add a shield for the second cat as well to keep the floor cooler. This is not a show car after all and will do long interstate trips.
As this cat runs longitudinally, I have cut the ends out to allow more airflow to pass through.
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Every time I check in to see your progress, I am more astounded by your expertise and attention to detail. Please keep the updates coming!
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Every time I check in to see your progress, I am more astounded by your expertise and attention to detail. Please keep the updates coming!
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Old 04-23-2013, 09:38 AM
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Re: Grand Willys project

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Just tending to a few small things I can fit in between the house renovations.


I didn't like was the exhaust support rod only going halfway through the bush. Not sure if it is due to the different transmission and transfercase the 5.7 has compared to the 6.1 that the pipes were made for?


Support rod fitting much better now after cutting off the old one and moving it forward.
That is pure dedication right there. Love your style with being perfect with everything. subbed
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Now with all the exhaust in, I could design a centre cross member. This is not only to stiffen the frame more, but I also want it to act as a drive shaft loop as well as as the final support for the fuel tank.
Using CAD, it helps to see what angles are needed to snake through to the other side.


Made up a template of the floor profile so I could see how much room I had to get a cross member through.


Been on the lookout for some pipe big enough that the 5" diameter drive shaft flange would fit through. Just happen to see a threaded collar thrown out in the hard rubbish collection.


I removed the thread from the inside and cleaned up the outside and came up well enough to use.


Looks pretty bad at the moment, but is the start of the cross members each side of the ring.


Bends made using the same method shown earlier in the build.
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Awesome!! Inspiring!!
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