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Hey All ! Been a while since we posted anything, holidays and all. Hope everyone got lots of Nova Goodies from Santa! We have gotten back to work on the '67. I haven't posted any build info so far on Steve's as I am not too techno savvy. But my wife is a wizard! (We've been keeping a blog of the whole project to date if you want to see more, www.67novaproject.blogspot.com). So we decided to start with this part of the project. Feel free to critique on how the presentation goes. Happy building!


After lots and lots of thought, I decided to build my own exhaust system from 3" mandrel bent stainless. With the DSE Quadralink rear suspension, the option of any off the shelf "kit" was non-existent. I did suggest to DSE that they digitize the exhaust from their projects. They advised that they have had this under consideration but haven't gone forward. Another story for another day.... I started with a Stainless Works 3" system for a ‘67 with an LS engine. By the time I finished, not much of the kit was left intact, well actually none of it in it's original form except for the x-pipe! I did buy a few pieces with specific angles to supplement what I used from the kit. The rest of the bends came from dissecting the kit parts.

So here is the short play by play.

Began at the headers with a V-band clamp to match the header collectors. Note: at this point I re-fabbed the trans crossmember for more clearance.




Next located the x-pipe on a stand to facilitate the "connect the dots" approach.




1st bend in the front of the x-pipe




Sizing up the next piece




Used the trusty Port-a-band (still looking for a good used stationary band saw)








I used the band clamps that came with the kit to hold the sections together during mock up. Every joint except for the connections in and out of the mufflers will be welded. I am clamping the muffs in case I don't like the tone!






Looks good so far...but....






When I got back from the welding shop the right side didn't fit exactly as I had it mocked up. Kid you not, fitting between two fixed points is difficult! Did the RH head pipe over and it fit perfectly.








Discovered that 3" masking tape makes a very accurate "clamp" for mock up!






Much better :)




There are clamps on the x-pipe here that were later removed and the joints were welded.






Moving on to the rear of the x-pipe

Made these brackets with studs for the muffler hangers. The hangers are from the kit.






Welded the hanger bracket to the body




The piece in the muffler was cut from one of the kit pieces. The piece on the rear of the x-pipe was one of the pieces I bought separately.










Removed as an assembly for welding




Front section complete. Fits like a glove and tucks up tight. Before final assembly I will brush all of the welds.
















Tailpipes - In "kit form," the tailpipes are designed for the stock leaf spring rear set up. Since we are running the DSE Quadralink, set up modifications are necessary (ahhhh, hot rodding by definition-right?) The tailpipes are designed to kick outwards right from the mufflers. In my case the track bar mounts and coilovers are located in that path. I wanted to keep the tailpipe exit locations as designed so that means some redirecting between the muffs and the final tailpipe location.


Tailpipes as received




First cut to re-clock straight back instead of outwards.








Next I added a 90 degree bend to kick outboard (the pieces below sticking upwards)












Next I fabbed up these hanger mounts. In these pics they are temporarily held in place with a small Tek screw. The final install used 2 rivet nuts inserted into the frame rails.




The hangers use a clamp as part of the assembly. You will see later that I trimmed the clamp portion down and welded them to the tailpipe for a cleaner look.




Trimming the tailpipe portion to the correct dimension. Again, I used my Port-a-band for all of the cuts. Then I squared the ends on the stationary disc sander. All of the joints fit nice enough that no filler rod was needed for the welds.




Next I added 2 smaller bends to each side to connect to the tailpipe sections.
























Trimming the ends of the tailpipes






I wanted the tips to extend about 1/4" below the quarter panel pinch weld.







Fitting the trimmed down clamp to the tailpipe




Nice! Don't even see the hangers.




Finished product








These are the left over drops from the kit and 6 pieces that I bought to supplement the kit.




We kept a log and I had 66 hours in the exhaust. There are 23 separate pieces (including the x-pipe). Before the final install I will brush all of the welds. I want to thank Terry at ABT welding for his patience and welding skills. It is awesome to watch a skilled welder perform his craft. This guy welds as easily as most of us walk! I learned alot. (I can TIG but no where near good enough for this project...yes I am envious of his skills!). All in all I am really happy with the final product. It is a shame that it is on the bottom of the car! I won't be shy about telling anyone to take a peek underneath!
 

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Your post is great and good luck with the build. Thanks for sharing the pics and info. I'm envious of the garage:yes:
 

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3" exhaust...

I love that exhaust! and what a great set of step by step shots...

I should drop my car off at your place! :yes:
 

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Exhaust looks as top notch as the rest of your build Terry! I've been following your /ummm your wife's blog throughout the build so far!:D
 

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Excellant !
Well written and great pictures!

And, you did a GREAT job :yes:
 

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you do great work!!!Im gonna be doing the same thing in the near future....hope mine comes out as nice as yours!!
 

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Looks great!!!:yes: has anyone ever thought of using Oval tubing for ground clearance? I know they sell the tubing, but haven't seen a early Nova with it yet.
 

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Looks great!!!:yes: has anyone ever thought of using Oval tubing for ground clearance? I know they sell the tubing, but haven't seen a early Nova with it yet.
Great idea and yes, I did consider it. But at this point, it was already going to be a big enough project, so I wanted to start with a kit that was close, though I ended up making each piece custom fit. With a little time and patience, you can tuck it up pretty close. None of it is any lower than the bottom of the trans at it's lowest point. You have to be a good 50' away from the car to see any of the exhaust at all. I will definitely take a look at the oval tubing for the next project though!
 

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terry, ive been following your build since the early days with dse, always injoyed your photo journal, really nice work you have been doing on your ride, thanks for some of those tips and by the way thanks goes out to that techno savvy wizard of yours
 
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