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PostSubject: Re: My 1980 z7 turbo   Sat Jun 06, 2009 12:57 pm

BTW...I didn't use the flanges in the picture...they were a cheap set I had picked up. The ones that came in the header kit are real nice. They look to be laser cut, not flame or plasma like the original set.
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PostSubject: Re: My 1980 z7 turbo   Sat Jun 06, 2009 8:50 pm

keep the info coming man
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PostSubject: Re: My 1980 z7 turbo   Sat Jun 06, 2009 9:54 pm

Here's the start of the madness...literally, I had to walk away from it a few times today!


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PostSubject: Re: My 1980 z7 turbo   Mon Jun 15, 2009 4:36 pm

A little more progress.....




Yeah...it's a little messy....that's what happens when you have 3 projects....2 of which are being worked on. I wish the kids would leave me alone for at least 8 hrs....I might get a little more accomplished.
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PostSubject: Re: My 1980 z7 turbo   Tue Jun 16, 2009 9:06 am

nice pics. looks like you got your work "cut" out for you lol
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PostSubject: Re: My 1980 z7 turbo   Tue Jun 16, 2009 11:51 pm

Yeah....you ain't kidding. The bitch is, I'm building these for the ease of starter removal in mind. Hopefully, when finished, I'll be able to remove/install any size starter without having to crack 1 header bolt loose. The back tubes are proving to be a pain also because I've added 2" of engine setback. Even with the size of these things, I should be able to slip them in and out by removing motor mounts and lifting the engine up slightly.....Here are few more pix.

#3 & 4 tubes completely tacked together.



here's a shot from underneath...trying for maximum ground clearance. sorry for crappy cell phone picture, but you can get the idea.
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PostSubject: Re: My 1980 z7 turbo   Sun Jul 12, 2009 2:04 am

Finally found some time today....



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PostSubject: Re: My 1980 z7 turbo   Sun Aug 30, 2009 2:36 pm

pass side is done except some hi temp paint...these pics were taken before final welding



premium starter clearance...none of the tubes go underneath the starter...kinda hard to see.


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PostSubject: Re: My 1980 z7 turbo   Mon Nov 16, 2009 12:32 am

Life has taken me away from the zephyr for a little while, but I did manage to finish one of the headers and start fabbing up the drivers side.


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PostSubject: Re: My 1980 z7 turbo   Mon Nov 16, 2009 11:25 am

Looks very sick! Looks so good I almost want to try and make some for my 351 when I put it in... almost lol.
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PostSubject: Re: My 1980 z7 turbo   Mon Nov 16, 2009 8:32 pm

WOW....very cool....wish I could weld!
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PostSubject: Re: My 1980 z7 turbo   Mon Nov 16, 2009 11:02 pm

The only reason that I'm able to afford to do this is that I'm building everything myself! Yes, it does take more time, and yes it does take some skill. The first set of headers that I ever built looked like total dogshit....but they worked.....here's the kit that I used for the zephyr...

http://www.speedwaymotors.com/Ford-Header-Kits,3842.html

Part # for the 460...BIG BLOCK FORD HEADER KIT
Item #: 930FO460
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PostSubject: Re: My 1980 z7 turbo   Tue Nov 17, 2009 1:35 pm

detroitiron2000 wrote:
WOW....very cool....wish I could weld!

Anyone can weld bro, it just takes time to know how to make your weld look good(and penetrate good), but its nothing your average guy cant learn, all it takes it a bit of patience and a bunch of practice.
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PostSubject: Re: My 1980 z7 turbo   Tue Nov 17, 2009 7:31 pm

Revolution909 wrote:
detroitiron2000 wrote:
WOW....very cool....wish I could weld!

Anyone can weld bro, it just takes time to know how to make your weld look good(and penetrate good), but its nothing your average guy cant learn, all it takes it a bit of patience and a bunch of practice.

CAN I GET AN AMEN?
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PostSubject: Re: My 1980 z7 turbo   Wed Nov 18, 2009 9:53 pm

Well...oddly enough...I just took a new job where I work and guess what! I'm now the manager of our company's local model shop. So I've already spoken with the best welder there and he's going to teach me! I'm psyched!!

I'll post up when I do my first project.

Strange how things like this happen coincidentally!
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PostSubject: Re: My 1980 z7 turbo   Wed Nov 18, 2009 11:31 pm

Awesome.....you can doooo it!
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PostSubject: Re: My 1980 z7 turbo   Sat Nov 28, 2009 6:34 pm

detroitiron2000 wrote:
Well...oddly enough...I just took a new job where I work and guess what! I'm now the manager of our company's local model shop. So I've already spoken with the best welder there and he's going to teach me! I'm psyched!!

I'll post up when I do my first project.

Strange how things like this happen coincidentally!


Sounds great man, I hope you have fun. I really enjoy welding now, thankfully because I am finding more rust holes every day lol.




If you ever have any questions about welding post them up, I have learned how to weld just by myself, so I have already made all the mistakes lol.
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PostSubject: Re: My 1980 z7 turbo   Sun Nov 29, 2009 2:34 am

Alright, I'm over my fabricators block, and have finally started on the drivers side header. I was having a bit of difficulty getting around the steering shaft with all of my header tubes....trying to keep everything simple....yeah, right! The problem that I've encountered is from my engine setback. Raising the body 2" allowed me to set the engine back another 2-3"....making it kind of cramped for the #7-8 tubes. My solution to the problem is to build a tri-y type of header. So far, I've merged #7-8 primary tubes together into a 2 1/2 pipe...this should have very little affect on performance if any at all.




Finished product will have #5-6 primary merged into a 2 1/2" pipe also....both 2 1/2' pipes will then merge together at the collector. As you can see, I did goof a little.
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PostSubject: Re: My 1980 z7 turbo   Sun Nov 29, 2009 2:37 am

Man, when I can finally move this car, I've got a lot of cleaning to do!
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PostSubject: Re: My 1980 z7 turbo   Tue Dec 01, 2009 9:15 pm

keep going.
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PostSubject: Re: My 1980 z7 turbo   Mon Jan 04, 2010 12:26 am

got a little more done this week....I made #5-6 merge and it's slowly coming together.

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PostSubject: Re: My 1980 z7 turbo   Mon Jan 04, 2010 11:38 am

Very nice! Keep up the good work bro.
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PostSubject: Re: My 1980 z7 turbo   Wed Jan 20, 2010 11:42 am

Plugging away at it slowly....







It's been a process lately since my wife has gone back to school full time while she also has a full time job...lots to do during the week before I can go out and play in the garage.
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PostSubject: Re: My 1980 z7 turbo   Sun Jan 24, 2010 3:19 pm





now i just have put it all together
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PostSubject: Re: My 1980 z7 turbo   Mon Jan 25, 2010 12:49 pm

Lookin good, its nice getting some stuff done isnt it lol.
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