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So underneath the 2011 Toyota I think it's a Camry it's the bigger one. The flexi gone bad. I've ordered one here from Napper it's classic 735 4796 It's a size I think we need. uh, at least based on uh, the input.

she's going to be a little bigger on the on the Audi uh. the reason we didn't buy this from Toyota is because it's got that little guy attached to it the catalatic converter. So there lies a couple problems here. Uh, a I can't unhook the cat on the back because the flange is so rotted I don't want it to disappear.

It's probably got a few years left before it falls off. so we're going to leave that alone. So what I think we're going to do is unbolt it from the engine I've already unplugged the oxygen sensor. We're going to take chop it off.

We can get right in here with the saw all lots of room around. We're going to chop this half off. We going to unbolt the front half. We're going to have to take the torch and cut both of both of these nuts because they're nonexistent.

We're going to cut those off, try to save the threads, and then we're going to kind of pull the system down, Slip this little guy on, put everything back together, give it a couple TS with the comment generator. Once everything looks good, all bolted up, we'll take it back down and see if we can't give her one of those with the comment generator. AK a The welder. At least that's the plan for now till something goes horribly wrong.

We've got an extremely well-used blade so hopefully we can grind our way through this thing. We're going to go right here. Any reason we can't do this. well, let's figure it out.

That took only about a minute. We just bought the farm. All right. So let's leave this stationary.

Let's unhook this. Oh on the arm. we'll give a little Spritz on there now that we've given it 8 seconds to penetrate. these ones usually always come off so Mazer uses a very similar nut and the second you touch them they get Gall right to the threads and it won't come off.

but Toyota they do a good job on their stuff here. they com off all Zippy zap. Never an issue. Don't know what they're made out of but free tip Friday For you never put heat on these, you put heat on them.

It's like lock tight. That thing will be bonded to those C so tight you'll never get it off. Now these threads here are beyond the point of cro. but I think I can take the torch and just just Nick the edge of them off and if we end up having to replace them we can.

We could just drill a hole up through and put, uh, put some nuts and bolts there. You know what I mean. That's our plan. Always have a plan B That's plan.

A plan A is have a plan B So I'm not too concerned if these don't come apart or if we can't Nick them off without hurting the other hurting the threads. Give it the old College try though, put it up on Turbo. Here we go. You got one shot.

Oh messed around too long there. Come back to this one. that one looks nice. Come add it on the inside.
give it a little. just a neck maybe? No I think we screwed around too long. too long fella. Those things are pretty tight.

Let me get a little Hammer see if we can't expose it. Oh I think we still have some threads there. Looks pretty good. Check the other one.

This is one I was worried about. Come on. I've been worrying about you Whoa man die when. Oh that's still hot.

So I think we can, uh run a thread Chase over I think we're in good shape for the shape we're in. they look like they're 8 mm. We'll put a little bit of Cy on there. I've got a 8 mm 125 up in here.

go all the way. Let me get a shorty. extension is too deep. Oh whoa whoa whoa.

Let's see 13 M that one's good enough to go home with. I'm going try this one all the way. Look at that. save a thread.

Now we don't Now we don't have to worry about putting U You know, putting anything up in there. put cutting them off, putting a bowl up in. but that was going to be my next plan. Just take the bracket off.

just like that. just them off. throw them out. stick a 8 mm bolt down through a little tack well on top.

Bing Bang Boom She's still a little toasty so we're going to have to use a napkin. I'm wondering I don't know what this is on there for some kind of something I don't know if it's just a skid plate. so if you hit ramp or something hard to say, probably should go put this in the vice. Let's just see if this works.

Come on you freaking jerk hole, that's it. I'm going to put it in the bit I Think it's an air gap pipe anyways. So it's a pipe and a pipe. That's what what they use instead of a heat shield.

the air gap pipe. I Think that's what it is. I'm going to go lock in device, chop it off and we'll have a look. So that's what it is.

It's what they call an air gap pipe. So they put a pipe in a pipe and then you know once it hits the flex here, it's just plain old, plain old. Um, so not a big deal. We're going to stretch this baby out.

just a blonde one. Get that thing to slip over there? Then like I say we'll stick it up there. we'll get it all tacked and mocked up. Let's look to see how this fits.

The pipe on the car should not be an issue on this end. Oh, good thing we left that little flare on. There is just enough little flare. just fits.

We could even stick our pipe expander in here if we wanted to bring it out. Just a whisker. But I don't think we're going to right, that's heavy enough pipe in there? Yep, no. we'll be able to be able to fry that right on.

I Think with the welder. oh fried up. so I'm going to expand this. just a whisker.

Oh look at that. Oh it's very tight There we go. so that baby's on there and then now let's stick this up on. we don't need to put the gask or anything back in there yet, but we'll just bolt it on.

see where it lies up on that other pipe. Slip it in. come on look, come on baby. Oh yeah, there we go.
We're up in there. Let's get this bolted on in the front, let to grab our 14 that we took care of. For some silly reason. we'll get the front pipe here bolted back up tight.

C The bolts on there. We don't have to worry about bolting this down. All right, that's up there. It's tiger tight.

Oh, this is going to look like a real Beauty Slip that off, Slip it on. As far as we think it needs to go, want to go, in a little bit further because I'd like to be right on the edge of this. How this is flared out just a little bit. so come in.

Ouch. Prick. there we are so we're right on the edge of that. I'm going to get the welder, shine this up a little bit, we'll tick a tack all the way around and we'll take this back down and and probably release this.

I don't know if that's in your viewfinder but that hanger and let this exhaust down. So I use these vice grips to clamp on there so we can clamp the ground on there. With a little bit of luck, the tip's not all plugged up. Get the jet engine started over there, let's just put a tack here and then let's stick one back here and we'll do a couple on the other side here.

Hey, it's that guy Now our B get Sten away on this side. move our move our voice grips to a better spot. Oops all twisted up in the cord over here that's attacked good there good there. Give her one more for good measure down here and then one more down here.

Ooh that looks good All right. What I did is down in the description box. I've listed all of my welding certifications for anybody who's curious. Uh, the list is short and doesn't include anything so don't look for too long.

Oh man, this guy can't even hang out into a socket. so unbolt this now which it should stay. should have enough tax on it to make it stay. Yeah, okay, yeeha grabbed us a 12 no mercy.

R Mercy There's another hanger back there. Ooh o, this might be all we need. Oh yeah, let's look at this other hanger. look, get the old using the OG stand today, huh? Look at this one that Relic stick that there.

tighten up the wing nut here. Let's pop this little guy loose. pippity, poppy. Come on now, let's very gingerly go down with this.

Oh yeah, I think that's all we need. so we've got her out in the open right now I Don't think there's any reason we can't uh, go weld a circle around those things I tried to think of one and I can't so let hook this back up. like so hopefully the welding helmet didn't get left on and the batteries are dead. Ow back my noodle.

Let's see. Oh no, somebody actually turned it off. That's good. All right.

Let's pretend we know what we're doing m he oh hit my head again. oh that looks good enough. Good enough for the girls we run with. Oh that lovely sound freak right on the edge.
Oh now I get it? Freaking burn a hole in the pipe? idiot. Hate it when I do that guys Right to the end. Popped a little hole in it I Let It cool down. Other than that, it looked pretty good.

Look like we did a good job right to that last right to the last second. That's how life. Works folks everything's going good till it isn't so they don't look too shabby. Make sure I didn't miss any spot up top here I think we sealed the deal all the way around.

Um, once we get it back up in the air I'll I'll fix a little screw up down there where I popped the hole through it. All right, let's uh, let me get the gasket I'm just going to stick it back up there bold on and stick our hangers back in STI that right there like so grabbed a couple of uh, couple of these nuts. couple 8 mm right? we don't want to Snug a dug of those those all the way till we snugger Dugger these ones that's the torque spe all right I how you know it's in the book. trust me, those are just a that's a spec on know and then we'll grab our 12 mil again.

Come back to this little fella. Get that one started. Get this party started right here. that's it on that one.

This one here you want to spit out a little bit. Trust me, it works most the time and this is where it all went wrong. Look at that and that's why. I don't have any welding certifications.

The old Gap filler that was my nickname back in high school. That's not true. It was Rocco Um, that's it folks. We're done right.

Easy peasy and saved your a ton of money. We're just like g Go. We could probably put this uh, this thing back on there if we wanted to to be real clutch. that'd be pretty sick.

We don't know what it is, but we can do it. you know? cuz that's the thing. If she's going to a Car Show puts the mirror under here, you're missing this. You ain't taking home the tropy.

I'll tell you that. oops. a lot of stuff kicking around here. so I just chopped this off o Bring It Around Town here.

Get her nice and straight. knows well we'll just give her a little tack right there. Don't look. oh H should have put this away.

Oh, that looks good. That's it. Just like that. Shut this off.

I Think we're officially done. We've reattached the skid plate. Hopefully that's where it was originally. I'm going be real embarrassed if I edit this video and it was somewhere else that looks good.

Now she can go to the car show. probably get a point or two off of that blob there. But than that I think I think she's the first place winner. Well that's it folks.

replacing the factory Flex on your Toyota The good news is we were only at about $2,000 less than what the dealer quoted her to change it. Um apparently they don't do just the just the flexi. You know they wanted the the whole kitten. Kaboodle I call it and I can't really see any need to buy a converter when you can do just the flex.
These flexes are only like $40 or $50 from Napa and then I don't know what we have an hour into it. maybe start to finish if you milk it something like that. So you know under 200 bucks or around 200 bucks probably or 150 tax by the time you do tax you about $200 bill probably. uh but that's way cheaper than a couple thousand or whatever it was that they told her.

And then the good news is we didn't take any of the rest of of apart and we can wait for the rest of the flanges to rot off the system and then do them. it. do them at that point which might be like I say a few years but you start fiddling with them and things start falling apart. It's easy just to not metal with things that make sure hook that up while not be metal in.

that's what I say when you guys metal your way on in that comment section. questions, comments, concerns, leave a comment about that weld for sure. When you're down there, check out my certifications, the list is short and there isn't any. and just remember viewers if I can do it, you can do it.

Thanks for watching.

98 thoughts on “Toyota camry – uncertified uncut welding – extreme trigger warning!”
  1. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars InHocSigno says:

    Wow-sa, looks like a scene from the Towering Inferno! Good the Flex Deflector is on straight or the car would forever pull to one side at highway speeds. Good job.

  2. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Danny Linc says:

    I liked how you used the comment generator to restore the deflector shield to be fully operational.
    Now the vehicle is "concourse correct" within available limits.
    You see, the deflector shield helps keep Klingon grass from jabbing and hanging in the flex pipe braiding.
    This is good fire prevention in the case of a high speed chase, or malfunction that leads to catalyst overheat. And off-road usage.
    Thumbs up, yep, two thumbs.
    You're my spirit animal , Eric O.
    I wish I could do what you do. You should be decorated, next time we reach a star base or host a rear admiral.

  3. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Chuck's Tech Talk says:

    "Comment generator" cracked me up. Nice repair.

  4. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Greg Shook says:

    Weldon keep it up

  5. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Dad Garage says:

    Most O.E. exhaust pipes, even the ones without the converters, are expensive and worth repairing. They flow very well and fit perfectly. Discount muffler chains are to be avoided.

  6. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars eternal wolf says:

    Excellent work Eric! You had the machine dialed in well, if you hear a sound like the drag on your fishing reel taking off when a big trout strikes, you're golden!
    Trolls can go where trolls should go to die….but there is just one tiny thing I would like to share from experience, and no, its not the safety squints.
    There is something peculiar about the MIG/MAG process that gives off immensely more UV than any other welding process amp for amp. Get a cheap FR shirt just to cover the skin on your arms. No need for heavy jackets for the work you do unless the BB's start to annoy you.
    Your work is first rate and your care for the customer is above and beyond most every other shop….Keep doing what you do brother!

  7. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Michael Schmidt says:

    I still look away when you start welding 😂

  8. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Tony Fox says:

    better than my welding !

  9. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars LV Streeter says:

    I've never welded but I've watched a few welding videos and I can tell by the sound that it was going to be ok good job Eric O

  10. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars John says:

    Come out to the drier western states, reopen a new business and say goodbye to Toyota rust buckets forevermore .

  11. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars gtpforever says:

    Wipes it off…. Smoke rolls woah that's still hot. 😂🤣😂🤣

  12. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jack Witterstaetter says:

    Nice welding job

  13. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Mario Saccoccio says:

    I don't own a welder. I just bought my first bottle of MAP gas & I'm 71.
    Therefore, I'm a YouTube expert on welding.
    'Ya did good, Mr. "O!"

  14. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Alan Torrance says:

    Nice welding, Man.

  15. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars adrenna123 says:

    Your welding is better than mine…………

  16. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Joe Muncie says:

    You actually weld better than an exhaust shop we used to use. They used a stick welder and there were a few come backs. We sent a lot of flex pipe replacements to them.

  17. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars gta4speedrun says:

    I'm not sure catalytic converters work. Almost every car has one but there isn't that many Cadillac on the road. I have been using one of years and not once have woke up to find my truck converted into a Cadillac. 😊

  18. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars morrisonAV says:

    That was fun to watch and your comments are great. I kept trying to see where the original part had failed.

  19. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars David Perry says:

    Dude seriously your awesome, I had actually made a jig out of exhaust pipe that held the entire front pipe/converter from the flange behind the converter to the manifold and that allowed me to cut the flex out and the rotten flanges and fry in some new ones…. Super cheap to make and I could crank those jobs out in a half hour replacing both flanges and the flex ( free tip Friday lol)

  20. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Bob Hudson says:

    I can read invisible ink. Read all your welding qualifications – impressive.

  21. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jason Hastie says:

    I never comment. Great video.

  22. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jay Judd says:

    Great to watch Mr.O doing his thing. 😊😊😊😊

  23. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars William Toney says:

    Don’t feel bad Eric, you can’t be expert at it all. You never claimed to be a welder….😂

  24. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Ragats01 says:

    I seem to remember I saw welds like that in the hull of the Titanic. Ha Ha!

  25. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jordy Sandino says:

    In case she goes to a car show 😂😂😂😂
    That was funny but also show how professional are you putting everything together That little pice probably to protect the flex pipe.

  26. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jordy Sandino says:

    Hello sir .
    Thank you for a great video.
    Quick question do use gas with the mig if so what kind cuz I have Lincoln from hd but it doesn’t come with the gas

  27. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Gary Mallard says:

    The Ballad of Eric O ..the Fastest Trigger in the East !!
    🇨🇦🤓👍

  28. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Johnny M. Rodriguez R says:

    Great job as usual.Nothing wrong with your welding!

  29. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars brian whittle says:

    So if yanks say sodder for solder should it not be wedder for welder 🙂

  30. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars ` says:

    Lol @ you for triggering the snowflakes. 👏👏👏

    Although you are right about the Camry being the bigger one, the Avalon is the big one from Toyota. In America anyway. It was supposed to be a Lexus but they put it in the Yota lineup so it's quiet and luxurious so if you ever get a chance to drive one, its noice.

    In the 90's it was easy to ram the underbelly and hit the flex pipe and it would be damaged easily. So you're absolutely correct in thinking it was a skid plate. Needed one in fact. The nose on older Camrys likes to dip below level often because of worn suspension parts.

  31. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars William Leinonen says:

    I use those same mig welding gloves. They last a life time.

  32. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Harry L says:

    Weld? What weld! I didn’t see no sticking weld 😂 I watch a very good and trustworthy auto tech perform a verified repair to a customers vehicle. 😁

  33. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars willsee says:

    Change your name to Flexee King lol

  34. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars will daws says:

    every time I see Eric O welds I suddenly feel better about my own… <3

  35. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Iain Kinsella says:

    Andy is a thread chaser….

  36. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars 77BlueSkies says:

    Will you remove the sticker?

  37. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jay R says:

    I love these fixing exhaust videos. Keep em coming.

  38. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars William Hanna says:

    Awesome video Great work !

  39. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Red eyed Mongoose says:

    Wonderful video you actually look like you knew what you were doing, I suspect you’ve done this before

  40. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars 10rcoleman says:

    “Tight like a tiger”kc and sunshine band

  41. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Gary Kirk says:

    As a certified (structural unlimited) welder of over 20 years, as well as being highly experienced in many other forms of welding. A welding cert is just like a driver's license, only means ya did it right once.

  42. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Richard Gomm says:

    Replacing the faulty component rather than including it in an unrelated component should always be the better option

  43. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Sim1 Manson says:

    Were they "Rock Auto" magnets that I saw?

  44. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars orange says:

    Another great video Eric! Fantastic camera work and explanation always. I really like your systematic analytical approach. I spent many trips to the junkyard years ago.

  45. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Mike Brown says:

    My non-paying (no matter how many parts store reciepts I hand him!) brother has a 99 Toyota Avalon with an exhaust leak. I've been trying to find time to get it off the ground to find out where the leak is and, I'm HOPING it's the flex joint. If not, he's just gonna have to live with it because the cheapest entire assembly that I can find is $800 on FleaBay, which probably won't fit anyway! I recently told him that, by rights, after already investing nearly $1000 (in the past year) of my own money into a car that's not worth THAT much, I should already have the title to it and, I'm NOT doing it anymore!

    Also, I'm sure that ol Sparky enjoys pissing off the armchair mechanics just as much, if not more than you do Dr. O! If you REALLY want to get em fired up though, reverse your polarity, use Flux Core wire and DON'T chip off the slag lol!

  46. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Mark 95B says:

    I started laughing even before I saw the video!!😂‼️

  47. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Dan Zaid says:

    Is Eric O. MIGging or does he use flux core? Is it easier to weld MIG versus flux core? Thanks!

  48. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars MYTKC66 Atbat says:

    As I watched you fix the burn through, I thought of the movie Grapes of Wrath. Ya, that was a bit crappy, but you did ask for comments. Seriously though, each video is a lesson on how to treat your customer to the best service. I agree with the other folks who wish they had a SMA in their community. You set the bar so high in a business that has sunken pretty low in service. Thank you for each lesson!