filed in News on May.17, 2009
Local Banbury American Car enthusiast Mick Fawcett, known to his friends as “Elvis”, came down to the RS Fabrications workshop to meet with Shane & Russell to discuss a full stainless steel exhaust system for his immaculate 1957 Chevrolet 3100 Stepside Pickup.
Mick had got into American cars, aged 23, and frequenting Battersea Park back in 80′s went ahead and purchased a Candie Apple Red Plymouth Fury from Dream Cars. This was only the start!!!
“Elvis has been restoring this Stepside for 2 Years and we were only too pleased help him with the Exhaust System” explained Russell “when we met at the workshop, Elvis had tack welded template pipes that Shane took and duplicate in 2″ 304 Stainless Steel”.
After the initial fitting of the 327 cubic Inch V8, Mick had retained the cast manifolds and then fitted the RS Fabricated down pipes.
Mick, being a competent engineer himself, left RS Fabrications with a number of stainless bends & straight stainless tube to piece the centre section of the system together. Mick also installed a balance pipe, linking both banks together for the exhaust gas scavenge pulse effect. It was duly returned to Shane for argon gas purging & tig welding.
“I took the centre section and flanged balance pipe back to my garage and, Yee Ha!!, everything fiitted straight on”, commented Mick ” the finish and welding of the system is excellent! That boy can sure weld!!”
Russell & Shane went to Micks garage to draw up and configure the twin silencer rear section setup.
“We opted for our 2.5″ x 5″ silencer box, custom fabricated to fit over the rear diff/axle combination”, stated Shane ” and then we went back to the shop to manufacture the twin box rear section for Mick”.
When delivered and installed, the sound from the 327 Engine, through the exhaust system was phenomenal!!. Just look at the smile on Micks face”. reflected Russell
Mick will be back at RS when he restores his current ride, a 54 Chevy 3100 pickup truck. RS Fabrications will be making a custom manifold & exhaust system for the 235 cubic inch, straight six motor.
Elvis “still lives”, in Banbury!!