What you could also do is make those freakin'n holes for the exhaust wider while it's off the car.
I still very much want us to get that exhaust exiting the car straight too...
Haha. Here ,people, is an insight into the high tech world of the Spirit of Sunshine and crew.During the build a few years back .....six maybe, when we had the bulkhead cut two three inch holes were thought to be adequate for the collector pipes to run through to where they would merge.....they weren't really and with a million other things to do I just whacked a flange on either end and welded them up making them captive.This has been a constant source of aggravation for the Rev.He is also more than a little interested in having the exhaust leave the car straight
too.....straighter than it is here
Now there's over four feet of that pipe unsupported heading out through the tail of the car, by laying a bead around one side it can be coaxed either way but it is an imprecise science. We could also make some struts to attach the tailpipe with pipe adjusters or turnbuckles but each adjustment would involve taking the tail-piece of the body on and off, that sounds easy but it involves removing the 'chute bucket every time, probably 20-30 min turn around.Meanwhile I keep seeing parts of the car that could have weeks thrown at them. As I have mentioned in the past a good solution may be to use the bulkhead as the union for the collectors and the merge/tail-pipe so that they all bolt to it, it's either that or a slip fitting I figure.
"This the idea for the background?"
It looks a bit Japanese, doesn't it?
Regards, Neil Tucson, AZ
I've been waiting for this to come up, like the sun every day. The Japanese don't own the imagery and if some people are offended by the sight of it then I hope they can accept that I respect their personal views and that they understand that the image is in no-way redolent of the Japanese Imperial forces. My grandfather spent three and a half years in Changi which affected a lot of people in our family, having said that the Sunshine Harvester Works image is from an implement factory who played a large part in the country's history and that they were just around the corner from where the Spirit was built.
If you are trying to control heat inside a closed car ceramic is almost useless... we were "convinced" one year that once we coated the pipes we would never wrap pipes again. After melting most of the wiring
in the engine compartment on the first pass we temp fixed everything and wrapped the pipes. In small enclosed compartments wrapping is required.
Doc, good to see you back in the shop
There is a flat heat baffle that sits on top of the pipes as they merge behind that bulkhead it is a piece of fibre-cement sandwiched between two pieces of polished aluminium, it fills the whole space and is caulked around the edges. Above that sits the fuel tank, pump filter and lines, behind it the 'chute bucket.There is a slot gap in the floor just ahead of the merge, we hoped that a small amount of air would be picked up and take heat along the tail and out around the tail-pipe.At the end of a run there are only a few small places on the car where the body is hot, when I got a push from the emergency guys after stalling off the far end with a bat flattery in 2010( yes by hand) I was quite surprised how cool it all was.The ceramic does stop it rusting though. Our main heat concern is the area around the headers where we have the clutch line and shift cables running past, there I have a polished piece of stainless as a reflector in the closest places.
Darn it!!! the Rev beat me in......... Hey, kill the spell-checker you're running Rev, it sets you up for all the standard homonym/homophone stuff ups.....nativity indeed....
I really like the current scheme but agree with the Rev.No , we ain't gonna paint it like a boiled lollie.....read humbug, there is an off color suggestiveness to that that I'm not even going to delve into......