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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old Apr 22nd, 13, 10:01 AM Thread Starter
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My 1967 rebuild nightmare

Well I reported several months ago that I bought a 1967 Camaro and that I was going to replace the truck motor it had in it as well as the front suspension, brakes, drive shaft and transmission. 30k later I have a dead Camaro in my garage. I drove it home Friday, and around my neighborhood for about 20 minutes, a total of 25 miles. I opened the hood and the headers were glowing BRIGHT red, the car ran like crap and now wont start. The guys who built are supposed to come pick it up, I have a 1000 questions but first off, does anyone know why the headers are now rough, not smooth at the heads? It is like they are covered in baked on sand really rough, but only for about 7 inches down, then smooth again?

This has been the worst experience I have ever had in the car business, I'll get the courage to describe in detail late.

Thanks in advance.
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old Apr 22nd, 13, 10:06 AM
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Sounds like the header coating is being affected by the heat, which would be greatest near the heads, and reduce as you get further down the tubes. Are the headers painted or ceramic-coated?
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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old Apr 22nd, 13, 10:06 AM
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Re: My 1967 rebuild nightmare

that sucks, hopefully it's a stand up shop and they take care of it. Also hope it's not your original #'s motor.

New headers will sometimes glow like that when they break in. It sounds like it was running way lean. Hopefully you didn't grenade any of the pistons.

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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old Apr 22nd, 13, 10:45 AM Thread Starter
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How do I know if the pistons are messed up? I guess I am going to find out if they are a stand up shop, they were going to be here first thing today, then noon, and no show yet
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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old Apr 22nd, 13, 10:47 AM Thread Starter
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I dont know if the headers are painted or ceramic
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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old Apr 22nd, 13, 12:40 PM
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Best of luck Jerry. I hope they do the right thing.

'67 Camaro
350 V-8 bored .30 over
Edelbrock Intake Manifold &
600CFM Carburator
MSD Ignition, Crane Cam
World Heads, Hooker Headers
3" Flowmaster dual exhuast
Aluminum drive shaft
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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old Apr 22nd, 13, 12:44 PM Thread Starter
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They just picked her up, seems the bracket holding the distributor came loose and it seems the 650 isnt getting it done. It is a 383 built by them ( GAP Racing) with a summit block and a ton of other yada yada... hopefully they get it right.
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They just picked her up, seems the bracket holding the distributor came loose and it seems the 650 isnt getting it done. It is a 383 built by them ( GAP Racing) with a summit block and a ton of other yada yada... hopefully they get it right.
Distributor clamps don't just come loose. The timing problem could have caused the over heating of the headers.
Hope your have their guarantee in writing.

Roger

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