Well, another appendix in the engine swap novel here - I finally got rid of what was left of the old 3.3 exhaust...
I bought a 1997 LHS with a mechanically damaged transmission (don't know how yet, but plan on dissecting it!), and in the process of stripping and gutting it, I pulled a complete exhaust system - All OEM, including the polished tips. I pulled it out as a complete assembly finding no damage to any of it.
Once free of the body of the car, I cut the two clamps at the center cat, and split the down pipes from the rest of the system (with a little heat from a bluewrench)
Here's what I had when I was done:
A scrap hauler came and got rid of the gutted shell for me, and I waited for the right time to swap my pipes... As luck would have it, that time was in the next three days... For you see, when I did my second swap, I had to shorten and modify the exhaust angle and location for the new 3.5 engine... and when I re-hung the exhaust, I had to patch in a sleeve to connect it.. WELL I made one sleeve too short, and with the wheel turned, and stepping on the gas just a touch too hard, I flexed the body enough to break the exhaust sleeve free. Did NOT sound good.
Anyway, here's some pictures of the work!
Drum Roll Please!!! Here's the new vanity plates! (and the original 3.3 exhaust outlet)
The only during work shot I got was of the underside of the front of the car... Phone batter was dead, as I'd taken too many other pictures around the shop I was in...
The old exhaust came out pretty nice - I finished splitting the down pipes from the welded assembly, utilizing my original splice sleeves. I then unbolted the down pipes from the manifolds, and then popped the hangers free from the rest of the pipes. Walked out the old stuff, and walked in the new stuff. Popped the hangers back in, then took the time to carefully fit the down pipes.
The end result - SWEET!
Wow, the car rides SO much "smoother" and quieter with the correct exhuast, as well as a completely sealed exhaust!
More to come on the facility I was working in... Fun Stuff!!!