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I was looking at these on ebay and noticed several vendors are selling them for around $189....they look pretty good and supposed to be stainless steel. Anybody use them? I have stockish ram horn manifolds right now, with my plug wires running under the manifolds.....I would like some headers to loom my wires up near the valve covers and down.

Also I had a few questions about long tube headers

1. Will I be able to modify them to work with a stock 1980 exhaust that goes into a single catylic convertor? Or will dual exhaust be easier?

2. Will the stainless steel flanges weld to a stock exhaust or will there be problems because of metal difference? I also need to add a o2 sensor bung as well.

3. Any other suggestions to a low cost header that does the job well?

I'm not looking to spend a whole lot of cash, just something decent for a street driven car.

Thanks!

 

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Personal opinion, I would go with Ceramic instead of chrome, way better heat control, long or short. If you go long you will need to install a Heated type of O2 sensor since it will be in the collector flange a lot further from the motor than it is now. Duals would definately be easier, not necessarily cheaper, but doable with a single cat.
I would go with ceramic block huggers, wrap the pipe from the collector back to the cat or dual cats (hi flow) minumum and more likely to the back for heat control. That will free up the room to dress in your plug wires nice and neat, I hate the way they came stock.
 

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One of the major things you should consider is flange thickness... Thin flanges, like 1/4" are prone to warpage, and you'll have leaky headers. (ask me how I know :lookinup: ). Make sure they have at least a 3/8" flange on them.
 

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Here is what I got. 3/8" flanges, looks good, be firein it up in a week or two. Building my own pipes supplied by local shop with 2 1/2" aluminized steel and wrapping with header wrap and installing Polished SS Bourla's
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Small-Block-SB-Chevy-SBC-Ceramic-Hugger-Headers_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQcategoryZ33631QQihZ018QQitemZ280138147853QQrdZ1QQsspagenameZWDVW
Those are similar to my stock manifolds....I wonder how close they would line up to my stock exhaust? I'm concerned that they are "block huggers" and don't want to completly redo my exhaust
 

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Hmm, dunno. I already got rid of my old exhaust before I got the block huggers on there, I am pretty sure they are about the same front to back, but fit in closer to the motor. SOme rework would be required. I am shopping for the rest of my exhaust now and am looking at around $300 for mufflers and pipe, but I don't have to run cats
 

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Those are similar to my stock manifolds....I wonder how close they would line up to my stock exhaust? I'm concerned that they are "block huggers" and don't want to completly redo my exhaust
You will need to redo your front down pipe.
Plus when i fitted them on a 79 there was not much space between the shortyheaders and starter.
I dont know if sixfooter had the same problem but i had to relocate the earth strap that fits just under them aswell.
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Here is what I got. 3/8" flanges, looks good, be firein it up in a week or two. Building my own pipes supplied by local shop with 2 1/2" aluminized steel and wrapping with header wrap and installing Polished SS Bourla's
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Small-Block-SB-Chevy-SBC-Ceramic-Hugger-Headers_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQcategoryZ33631QQihZ018QQitemZ280138147853QQrdZ1QQsspagenameZWDVW
With those you will probably have the same problem that I had with burning up plug wires. I have the Sanderson ceramic block huggers. I went through 2-$90.00 sets in two weeks. I finally found a thread by Strider about a company (Not a supporting vendor so I hope I don't get in trouble) called Wrench Rat in Oregon. They make adjustable ceramic plug extenders that saved ny ass on wires! A little pricey at $30.00 each but for $260.00 I don't have to worry about burning wires anymore. :cheers: Art
 

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Yes, I had to redo the ground cable, it was toasted anyway from an exhaust leak before I got it. I also got a wrap around heat blanket for the starter, doubt if I needed it tho
 
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