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Resident Spanner

Some less depressing self spannering.

Waiting for parts for the Coupe, the exhaust has been annoying me for a while as the pipework/backbox was flaking rust and the tip was shedding it's chrome and rusty too. So, whilst it was already jacked up, a couple of hours grinding/welding this evening and she's got a nice shiny stainless twin tip setup instead:





Chris M Wanted a V-10

Looks great.

Any good at dropping headlinings...... ??
Resident Spanner

I think you set fire to one corner and then they drop down.
Chris M Wanted a V-10

It's a bit strange how, for so many years, manufacturers tended to make features of exhaust pipes, eg twin exits, yet now so many hide them with downturned ends behind rear bumpers.

Not sure about your method for dropping headlinings, seems a bit drastic.  I had a large matress on roof bars on the C-Max over the weekend and it moved backwards snapping the aerial off by taking out the threaded part into which the antenna fits, along with the antenna.  I've got the bits, but the threaded part is a larger sized square than the hole left in the mount so I have a feeling that I will have to drop the headlining at the rear to fit a whole new base... although the radio is still working fine so I am tempted to stick an after-market "shark fin" over the top of it after gluing its connector to what's left of the base

The things we end up doing for our children.....
Giant

Chris M Wanted a V-10 wrote:
It's a bit strange how, for so many years, manufacturers tended to make features of exhaust pipes, eg twin exits, yet now so many hide them with downturned ends behind rear bumpers.

Not sure about your method for dropping headlinings, seems a bit drastic.  I had a large matress on roof bars on the C-Max over the weekend and it moved backwards snapping the aerial off by taking out the threaded part into which the antenna fits, along with the antenna.  I've got the bits, but the threaded part is a larger sized square than the hole left in the mount so I have a feeling that I will have to drop the headlining at the rear to fit a whole new base... although the radio is still working fine so I am tempted to stick an after-market "shark fin" over the top of it after gluing its connector to what's left of the base

The things we end up doing for our children.....


I assume it's due to perception, exhausts used to imply power and speed, now they imply emissions and noxious gases.

I know your fleet is a source of continual forum consternation, but as the c max seems to be frequently pressed into load lugging duties for which it is not best suited, would you not be better off with a van or van based car like a Connect Tourneo for your third vehicle?
Resident Spanner

My mate had a C-max for the exact same thing, reckoned he could get as much in it as a van almost and could take the family out when needed.

It was a shed and I replaced everything between the front and rear bumpers on it, sometimes more than once, but he seemed to like it.
PG

Chris M Wanted a V-10 wrote:
It's a bit strange how, for so many years, manufacturers tended to make features of exhaust pipes, eg twin exits, yet now so many hide them with downturned ends behind rear bumpers.


The move from proper exhausts (i.e round or maybe oval pipes) to stupid wanky shapes and / or a pipe hidden behind fake wanky / stupid shapes has been, along with privacy glass, one of the styling features that I just cannot get my head round.
Martin

Me neither, exhaust pipes should be round and a reasonable diameter.
Resident Spanner

Yeah, I just wanted something that looked pretty OEM and not one of the flared out/over-designed shite that everything comes with today.
I'm not a big fan of oval exhausts and all the old sporty stuff used to look just fine with twin tips to me so that's what she's got.
It's also straight through now rather than reverse-flow silencers, although I've kept some resonance chambers in them and some fibreglass packing around the outside to keep it civil - it s basically a cruiser after all.

I need to straighten it up a little more but since the engine isn't running atm and it'll shift when I get the engine mounts on and settle with some vibration/running I'll sort that out after it's had a bit of running.
Bob Sacamano

Exhausts should be hidden on modern cars, there's no place for couple of ugly lumps of scaffold tube sticking out the back of a 21st century design.
Resident Spanner

Not sure whether to slash cut the tips (mainly to keep rain out of the boxes tbh), but I can't decide which suits better:

Tim

Resident Spanner wrote:
My mate had a C-max for the exact same thing, reckoned he could get as much in it as a van almost and could take the family out when needed.

It was a shed and I replaced everything between the front and rear bumpers on it, sometimes more than once, but he seemed to like it.


My in-laws had a C-Max about 10 years ago and we managed to spill 5 litres of paint in the boot (paint tin unsecured, lid clearly not on properly thanks to the Dulux store).
We never did find out where all the paint went but we certainly didn't mop up anything like 5 litres.....

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