I realized that the Magnaflow parts I had purchased were 409 stainless rather than 304. This means they will tarnish almost immediately, and eventually even rust. It won't be as bad as regular steel, but certainly not a show-worthy shine.
So I bought new ones from Vibrant Performance. I generally don't get excited about shunning an American made product for imported stuff, but these are really nice pieces. All of the Vibrant stuff I have received has been pretty nice so far.
I continued on with my catalytic converter heat shield. I had the main seams welded, then I bent up two more parts. This will cover the entire converter, plus the welds on each side.
I also bought a weld-on V-band clamp, and a regular slip-fit clamp for the muffler. It's been slow going recently, but I hope to get some work done on the exhaust system this weekend.
I helped my friend Chris install some new windows in his house this weekend. While I was there, I snapped a picture of his workshop. He has a pretty solid tool setup!
I'm having some technical difficulties with the rest of the pictures from this weekend, so that's all for now.