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      05-20-2012, 05:52 PM   #1
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Weekend of Fabrication

I must say I have a greater appreciation for people that fabricate manifolds, downpipes, etc...This weekend I decided to try my hand at building a manifold using the tools out of my garage at my apartment :0 . The welder I own/use is a lincoln easy mig 140. Making a 4-1 merge collector was a huge pain. The manifold is for my Mazdaspeed 3 and its just something I wanted to do especially since I wanted a top mount manifold for the car. I might consider doing one for the 335i if I can find a flange with the exhaust port rings.

I welded up the collector Friday after work and saturday morning, the fun began.



Making slow progress saturday morning



Manifold tacked into place early sunday afternoon



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That looks really hard to do. Good job.
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      05-20-2012, 06:11 PM   #3
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not bad , Nice ! find a tig welder to finish it it will be easier and cleaner !
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Thanks. I'd definetly like to tig the manifold but i dont know tig yet and even though it wont look as nice id rather complete it myself than to have someone else tig weld it. Either way i have a greater appreciate for people who do this for a living.
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those types of fabrication are unbelievably difficult.. great job!
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Man, we need more ppl like u around these neck of woods
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You can buy rings for building headers that clip into the pipe and align them so you don't have to hold them in place and tack them. Makes life a lot easier. That's a tough job to do complete, nice work.
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