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Posted July 22, 2011 - 05:09 PM

My son wanted to gut the mufflers on his Mustang so we cut them open and gutted them. Took them to the sheet metal shop where I used to work to weld them back up, even managed to close the holes I blew. Would have been easier if they were like 18 ga. rather than 22 ga. stainless. Got them done though and in the process learned three things: I don't see as well as I used to, I'm not as steady freehand as I used to be and I'm slower than I used to be. Getting old is he _ _ but of course I don't want the alternative yet either. It was fun. Also picked up a 40 piece Dayton tap and die set that looks like new and all he used was the 1/4 tap from Craigslist for $20. Now that's a buy. :D

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Posted July 22, 2011 - 06:46 PM

Man was that a steal on the tap/die set!

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Posted July 22, 2011 - 08:05 PM

I love welding stainless, especially with a stick. It looks sooo sweet !

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Posted July 22, 2011 - 09:09 PM

That tap & die set is a deal.
I feel your pain when it comes to being as steady as I was 20 years ago.
Just have to use a lot more support to keep your gun steady.

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Posted July 23, 2011 - 01:33 AM

Stainless is a blast to tig. Here soon I am building a new turbo header for my car in all stainless.

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Posted July 23, 2011 - 04:25 AM

Ronnie,
I have to ask a dumb question,but why would he want to gut the mufflers ? I don't understand,what did this accomplish ?

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Posted July 23, 2011 - 05:30 AM

Stainless is a blast to tig. Here soon I am building a new turbo header for my car in all stainless.


You're going to have to post some pics of that build! I'd be interested in seeing it unfold!

Ronnie,
I have to ask a dumb question,but why would he want to gut the mufflers ? I don't understand,what did this accomplish ?


It's all about air flow Maynard! A free flowing exhaust (in an automobile at least) improves performance and increases fuel economy. The EPA mandates a certain amount of back pressure to allow the catalytic converter to do what it does, but that pressure robs horsepower and uses a significant amount of extra fuel.

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Posted July 23, 2011 - 09:44 AM

Gutting the mufflers completely changed the way the car sounds. Gave it a deep rumble sound. Being an old toot, I went through that stage years ago. I like mine quite now. It will also increase horsepower some and should increase his gas mileage some. It's my daughter-in-law's car and really nice looking too. Now they like the way it sounds.

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Posted July 23, 2011 - 10:56 AM

Ronnie, Thats a great deal on the T&D set. I feel for you on the problems of getting older. I now use a cheater lens in my welding hood, I have to make sure I have a steady rest when I'm cutting with the torch or plasma, and everything takes longer to do, and I need more breaks to rest a bit while do the work.:wallbanging::confuse:




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