Walking past our storage garage where a coupe of cars that are waiting to be collected by their owners, we noticed that couple of them looked amazing in the afternoon sun. Same colour, but two very different schools of thought.
Given the choice which one these twins would you go for, the all time classic fastback or the lesser seen coupe?
Rust in Piece
We are pleased to say that the Rust in Piece is now finished and awaiting her owners collection. The car went for her first MOT in the UK and passed with flying colours. The car drives beautifully now and is a glorious sunshine cruiser, no outrageous exhaust note, just plenty of power from a single exhaust pipe that is whisper quiet. The owner is going to love driving this little lady around, a real pleasure to see her completed and another rare old Mustang is back on the road.
Acapulco ’66 Coupe
We are turning our attention to the full restoration ’66 Coupe again this coming week, we have had a couple of dry run of fittings of the exhaust to her during the past week. We are having to custom build this exhaust to fit the big 3″ headers that it already has. The bore of the pipe we are using is the recommended big maximum of 2 1/4″ pipes into Twin Flowmaster 40 Series Delta Flow muffler boxes.
The fittings are bare metal and so needed to be prepared so we got round to doing that while we waited for the pipes to come back. You did read that correctly, exhaust bending is not something we do for a large-bore exhaust pipes, but we do tend to cut and weld our own custom systems to fit. For this exhaust system Adam got hold of his mate, “Mike the Pipe” who has various machines that he uses to bend and shape various sizes of pipe work for their customers top quality, one-off exhaust systems.
The pipes were marked up on the car in marker pen from a template to note the centre of the bend and by how much was need. An art form in itself to make the big bore pipes bend without kinks and still make them look good. We got them back and as you can see the amount of work required for a single section of the pipe, they are a work of art in their own rights.
The pipes were pretty much spot on only need a few minor pulls on a pipe section to line them up so far. We are looking to make our own step down fittings to these newly made pipes.
The owner turned up on Saturday and was around more than happy to his hands dirty and help with final dry fitting. Yogi was on hand to show him how to cut the pipes and expand the turned down tips to fit the big pipes. We even got him cleaning and spraying clamps for his home-made exhaust.
We also aim to have the head liner in this week along with the transmission pipe work to the radiator.
After the holiday things have settled back down again and we made time to put up Twin souvenirs from our epic road trip across America.
When it rains we look at the flags and think of the hot sunny days again.