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#1 Jantrix

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Posted 08 November 2012 - 06:27 AM

I'm building a 1/24 Camaro muscle car that I want side pipes on, and I really hate most kitted side pipes.
Who has made their own and how did you do it?
Styrene, aluminum, brass? How did you do the bend at the opening?

Edited by Jantrix, 08 November 2012 - 06:28 AM.


#2 cobraman

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Posted 09 November 2012 - 02:54 AM

I think most guys use solder for the headers and then Aluminum for the side pipe. I thought I saw a how to somewhere but can't recal. There was a how to I think in the "other" magazine. If I remember right it showed how to do it using a Cobra as an example.


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Posted 09 November 2012 - 12:01 PM

The 1:1 units tend to be multi-piece configurations and I would make a set the same way. The first thing you will want to do is decide what diameter you want them to be. Determine how radical the bend needs to be and figure out what material to use- plastic or metal- based on what you feel most comfortable bending. If you go with metal, a tubing bender works well and tends to do the job without kinking it. The plastic tube method can be warmed in water to make it more flexible but whenever I have bent a plastic tube, I have inserted a solid piece to help keep it from kinking.

The flared end of the side pipe can be made by bending it at a 90 degree angle and then cutting it at the desired opening.

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Posted 10 November 2012 - 10:29 AM

I'm curious to what style of side pipes you want?

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Posted 10 November 2012 - 01:28 PM

Nothing too fancy.

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Posted 10 November 2012 - 03:09 PM

If you can find a way to BMC, Brians Model Cars, tutorials, there is a post on how, and what, to build your own side pipes, if not, pm me and i will send the stuff right to you, thru email as attachments, lemme know....

Edited by Gothic Kustomz, 10 November 2012 - 03:11 PM.