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03-29-2004 08:33 PM
TurboS10 I have done a good bit of mandrel cut and fit exhaust. I actually love the work. It is fun to put it all together to me. It is more work than paying someone else but it is how I want it when I am done. I probably have 20 different pieces in the S10 crossover pipes and downpipes. Everyone requires tweaking, but you get better and better at it. I can eyeball most cuts close enough to make it work now......maybe just a little grinding

Anyway, I understand the work, but I like it...

03-29-2004 06:53 PM
38 special Lol! You don't need a basement if you have one of those big huge 4 x 4's you can just park right ovet the top of it.
03-29-2004 06:29 PM
Weimer I'm thinking about putting a basement in the garage just so I can park the truck in it LOL!
03-29-2004 06:01 PM
38 special Weimer, as low as your truck is sitting you'll have to tunnel under the body for it not to drag.
03-29-2004 10:38 AM
k2mooch Yo Centerline, that's awesome. I've been under mine for the past few weeks trying to get a transmission in, so I don't think I'll have too much gripe about trying to piece together some tubes soon. You got any pics of it? I'd like to see how it turned out.

03-29-2004 04:49 AM
Centerline I had the same problem as the rest of you guys when it came to buying the tubing. But......... when all else fails JC Whitney to the rescue. I bought enough 90*, 45*, and 180* bends to to the entire dual system for about $100. I also bought a crossover pipe kit from Summit. I think it was about $40.

Whatever straight pipe I need I'll just pick up from a local muffler shop but I don't expect to spend over $200 total for the entire system including the turbo mufflers. (I bought a couple Hemi Challenger square chrome exhaust tips at a swap meet last year and I'm not counting what they cost me )

03-29-2004 03:27 AM
Carb_kid I got my header pipes from summit... I'm going somewhere else though to get stainless bends next time I build a header.
03-28-2004 09:24 PM
Weimer Summit -Box of Bends 10- 180 deg, 4- 120 deg, 4- 90 deg....$225
Exhaust Depot 10- 180 deg = $199.20
4- 90 deg =$ 62.00
4- 120 deg =$ 78.88
For a Grand Total of $340.08 + shipping
For that price I think that I would go with Summit on their bends. Besides Summit has free shipping.
I guess I'll just have to search a little harder for someone around here that has a mandrel bender OR have to deal with regular bends in the pipe.
03-28-2004 08:59 PM
Ghetto Jet Whoa forget Summit, check this company out nice selection, the stainless steel flex sections would come in handy too.

03-28-2004 08:49 PM
crazy larry i wanted to do my own exhaust, but out of mig gas, wire, and patience. i just wanted it done. so add exhaust to the list of things i did not do myself.

1. machine work on block.
2. laying out of the flames.
3. exhaust.

not bad for a rookie.

Centerline, does it look Kustom?
03-28-2004 08:32 PM
Ghetto Jet Yea Weimer I'm curious too, does anyone sell an assortment of bends that would be needed to do your own system? I could only find one exhaust shop that does mandrel bent systems in the Tri State area. I've got the tools and the time, I would save myself a small fortune doing the system on my project. Well maybe I'll leave bending the tail pipes up to a pro.


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03-28-2004 07:04 PM
badknuckles he know's where mr mandrel lives and lets just say that his garage door isn't always locked.
03-28-2004 06:59 PM
Weimer CL....I am going to build my own exhaust on the S10, mainly because it has to be a very tight fit, and absolutely NOTHING can hang below the frame or to close to the cab floor.
Where did you get the box of bends at?
03-28-2004 06:38 PM
Cut, Fit, Grind, Fit, Weld, Grind, Repeat

I've watched guys at muffler shops bend up custom exhaust systems many times but never tried to do it myself till today. With a box of mandrel bends, a saws-all, and my trusty Mig welder I started on the trucks exhaust. Spent all afternoon and managed to get both header pipes done from the exhaust manifolds back to the trans. I think I crawled under that truck about 40 times today. It's a labor intensive process but the hard part is done and the rest is pretty much a straight shot back to the rear end. Next time though I'm going to use a lift. My back will definitely appreciate it.


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