Nice shiny set of Pacesetters! <3<3<3 Mock my plaid bedsheets and die.
Now some of you are probably like, nice headers!
And probably more of you are like wtf are those.
Here's manifolds vs headers for the F250, easiest one to show and explain...
So at the top is the stock manifolds. Bottom is the crazy looking headers...Their purpose is basically to reduce back pressure. When the pistons are going in your engine, the gases that get pushed through your exhaust go through your manifold, but because all that gets mashed into one giant pipe, back pressure builds up and you lose a good amount of power. Basically if you picture 4 pistons and cylinders in a row, piston two pushes the exhaust gas out into the manifold. That gas then goes out the back, but some of that gas goes into chamber one, three, and four. Then those three pistons have to deal with their own pressure, PLUS the pressure from the other cylinder. Repeat x4 and that's a lot of waste. Oh, and x2 for the other side of your engine.
Headers, as you can see, are individual equal (or sometimes not equal) length tubes that make sure you get no back pressure. They all blow into the collector which then bolts onto the rest of your stock, or aftermarket exhaust.
I've linked pictures of my firechicken before, but here's what they are going into,
She's only a V6 but that doesn't matter to me. All you "lolol V8 or gtfo" guys can piss off, I love my little V6. A Trans Am without the shit gas mileage!
Technically not the first major car work I've done already, just last weekend I spent most of Friday night and Saturday morning putting in a whole new rear axle assembly, an internal bearing blew up and my axle was coming loose and instead of taking it all apart and fixing just that I ended up putting in the whole damn thing.
I had to rent a lift, and it was kinda far. Nice drive though!
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Leaving home! Love my little tree-tunnel. :D
Hit something on the way there, of course. I got a flat D:
Fixing said flat....
Made it out to Winchester, Virginia! Old town is beautiful. Shenandoah University peoples, I am jealous.
I didn't take many pictures at the lift rental place as I wanted to get done. Had to pay for lifts by the hour so I focused more on getting it done than picture logging it! Plogging?
Nice and high off the ground, easy to work. Some support for the axles so it doesn't come crashing down when I unbolt it :p
However everything else was unsupported so my driveshaft and torque bar were all like *ka-fall*
There's the part on the ground I put into my car. Got it off of a camaro that rear ended a dump truck. Only cost about 350 for the part, with only 51k miles on it. Pretty damn good as all the others in that price range were like 120k+ Miles, and my car only has 103k.
This sign was out in front of the gas station I stopped at to get my tire repaired. What the fuck? Hahaha. Looks like someone getting their boobs grabbed. REAL SAFE.
On my way home, probably one of my favorite places in Virginia...Middleburg! Such a nice place. Everyone is stupid rich though. It's rare if you drive through and don't see a ferrari or three or some other exotics parked in the street.
It was raining though. bummer.
And here's some pictures from work today, that I thought were awesome. I drove out to West Virginia and as we all know, there are places in there that are kinda...rednecky.
So let's do some problem solving. I've got a truck. I've got a cap for the truck's bed. The cap is too big. Solution? Anyone?
disclaimer: I met the guy who drove that truck, he was my client, and he was a fucking awesome guy. :D
Also thought this sign in his parking lot was pretty funny.
Next step is to choose my exhaust system. I'm not sure yet if I'm going to custom job it or get something aftermarket...the custom stuff is really hit or miss, and if the guy you are working with is crappy at welding you have an ugly exhaust. Plus the aftermarkets are just bolt ons so they are a lot easier to install.