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Old 12-09-2009, 05:53 PM   #41
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Haha...yeah...I'm glad you didn't cut those two "tubes".
I remember now-- when I couldn't cut through them I hit them REALLY HARD WITH A HAMMER for a long time but they didn't even move then. Mazda really engineered a great car.
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Old 12-09-2009, 06:16 PM   #42
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I've tried to remove them too. I ground the welds off the tops and tried a hammer from the bottom and couldn't get them out. I suspect it was corrosion. Just wasn't prepared to cut open the rail and see if there was more to it.
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Old 12-09-2009, 08:31 PM   #43
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On my initial turbo install I had a pretty bad time. It took much longer than I thought it would (weeks) and I ended up "notching" my frame rail a little too much to get my turbo in the car.

How the **** should I fix this?



The car hasn't folded in half yet and tire wear is ok so I think it's still straight.
Was that cut with a butter knife!?

Clean it up and make it proper like this!
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Old 12-09-2009, 09:07 PM   #44
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chassis swap.




but seriously get some help from someone with a little more patience or skill, like a body shop
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Old 12-09-2009, 09:21 PM   #45
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Nice, I'd reccomend using a die grinder next time. It makes cutting the chassis apart a lot easier and it gives you a nice clean cut.
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Old 12-09-2009, 09:56 PM   #46
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Man, if you have access to an air compressor, I'll come down and help you clean that up a bit, I can't do the welding, but I can cut it out cleanly so you can get some new metal in there...
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Old 12-10-2009, 02:56 PM   #47
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That looks like a dynamite explosion, did you use dynamite? Honestly, at some point you should have realized you were over your head and stopped to take it somewhere or call a buddy. How long have you been driving it like that? lol



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Old 12-10-2009, 03:08 PM   #48
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I remember now-- when I couldn't cut through them I hit them REALLY HARD WITH A HAMMER for a long time but they didn't even move then. Mazda really engineered a great car.
I've been had...
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Old 12-10-2009, 04:51 PM   #49
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Take up some of the offers for help in this thread, weather or not they want to admit it or weather or not they remember their first project, every one here has hacked something up like that at one point or another. You will learn from this and do better next time, I'm in for the fix to see how nicely you come out of that mess. You cant learn if you don't try so I think its cool that you at least tried instead of writing a check and having someone else do it all for you.
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Old 12-10-2009, 04:58 PM   #50
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I've been driving it that way for two years actually. I really did hammer the **** out of te pipes and the rail. That's how I finally got it to fit. The sawzall blade didn't really fit in that well so the final hammering is what let the turbo slide in. Final actual space between the compressor housing and the rail is now about 6 inches.
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Old 12-10-2009, 05:00 PM   #51
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I know what I am capable of doing, and I know when I should pay someone else to achieve the results I want. No offense, but without a welder, a grinder, and some experience, you should strongly consider paying someone. A good fabricator can turn just about anything into a work of art - there's a reason I have good relationships with two different high-end fabricators (one in MV, one in SLO).
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Old 12-10-2009, 08:39 PM   #52
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Tell ya what. Agile Auto in fallston maryland can take care of the for you no problem. The owner is a great fabricator, and I certainly trust him with MY cars.
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