Well.. a small hiccup happened that has kept me from driving down to my shop for the past week (which I had planned to drive down this weekend to get the front end put back together sadly enough).
I was driving home from work on a Monday night and my car went from "aggressive" to "pull me over".
I guess the old pipes just finally gave in.
I called up AM and ordered some MAC Pro Dumps. They're currently on a 3-4 week back order, so I put in an order hoping to get rid of some spare parts in between the time that I waited to maybe buy another set of 44 series flows (the ones currently on there are VERY aged). Putting in the order for the MACs was just a safeguard in case I couldn't come up with the extra money for new Flowmasters. Sadly enough.. I have a set of 44 series catbacks at my garage that I could have used, but I can't make it there (or I can, I just refuse to drive this thing in fear of getting tickets).
I'll probably end up selling those since they're in mint condition. Anyone need Super 44 series flowmasters? *wink wink*
The old catback looks like they came factory with the car almost
It's welded on, but the pipes after the mufflers are a mix between rust and heavier rust (at the welds). Should make for easy cutting!
Fast forward to today, I finally sold some stuff, and placed an order for some super 44 series dumps from AM. The $10 off gave me free 1 day shipping practically, so I'm hoping to get them by Tuesday so I can install them. Should put me in a time frame to take me to the shop sometime in the next 1-2 weeks, so I can put the front end of the notch back together. Maybe if I have enough time I'll get to the rear end (control arms) as well!
Also, my 25th birthday is Thursday the 3rd, so this both sucks, but at the same time is a "semi" nice gift.. buying myself a new catback on my birthday was never something I would have thought I would be doing lol
I'll get a video of the start-up sometime tomorrow during the day, and a video of the idle/revving after I get the new catback on.
Last time I was down, I did get my toolbox positioned near my car, and built a single (but decently sized) shelf for misc parts. Also managed to move an old work bench up to the area and leveled everything out, which I'll be adding some stuff like vice grips and a grinder onto to make life a little easier instead of running halfway down the shop to wire brush a bolt or grind something.
Painted my LX bumper to match the current color of the Notch as well. Wasn't the best job (I'm a very novice painter), but turned out pretty decent for a spray bomb.
I wish I had a bigger budget to speed things up, or more time to devote to it, but sometimes it's best to stay at a slow and steady pace to enjoy the build progress in front of me.