Probably not as loud as you think, the turbo acts like a muffler. This is why diesel trucks can be straight piped and they are not nearly as loud as an uncapped LS or small block.
Yes, lol. I bought something cheap to put on until my appointment with the fabricator. It is supposed to be a downpipe for something but it is simply a 3" V-band with a 90 degree bend, a couple O2 bungs, and the flex joint.Is that a flex pipe hanging off the back of the turbo?
For the forward/backward movement, I ordered one of the ball sockets linked below. It is a 10mm ball on the shifter and 6x1.0 on the shift cable. It measured about 2” from the ball to the end of the shift cable with everything neutral, so I got the 2.24” long ball socket.What are you planning to do here? I wouldn't mind eliminating the plastic clamps either, and have no means of welding.