Had to replace the down pipes on my Ranger, took some pics of the progress as a simple 2 day project turned into a week long, rust fighting, pain in the @$$.
Here's the problem that started the whole thing.
The next step was of course a broken stud. 23 years of rust and heat don't make a good recipe for repairs.
It was a good opportunity to finally yank out those stupid air pipes that don't serve any purpose though.
Once I got the manifold off I found evidence of leaks around the bottom of the passenger side. Since the drivers side was likely to be similar, I yanked that side off too and plugged the hole for the O2 sensor that didn't do any
good either. You would not believe how hard it is to find an M18 x1.25 bolt. And once I finally did find one, it took ten minutes with an air grinder to cut the extra 2 inches that I didn't need off of it.
Also seemed like a good time for some extra... modification...
Can you spot the cat? :p
And I got video of the exhaust once the new downpipes were on, but the rest of it wasn't connected yet. Wish I could have left it that way! :D It sounded beast! The vid does it justice.