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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old May 26th, 00, 06:54 AM Thread Starter
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My headers are about 1/4" from the manual steering box. I just replaced it due to leaking seals. I'm thinking that it can't do any good having all that heat radiating right alongside the steering box. Has anyone tried insulating blankets such as I see for starters ( the wrap around kind )?
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old May 26th, 00, 10:23 AM
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According to the header manufacturers it is not wise to wrap the tube. It causes too much heat to be retained and leads to early failure of the metal. They recommend that you insulate the item you want to protect. If it is just one tube that is the problem perhaps you could make a sheet metal heat shield that attaches to one of the fasenters on the steering box. I made one to protect the p/s hoses from an old spark plug heat shield.

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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old May 26th, 00, 11:59 AM
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I run a big block with headers in my 68. It's amazing how cool the engine compartment stays after my headers were thermal coated. The company who dipped the coating on, promised me something like 30-40% reduction in underhood temperature. Like you my header sits about 3/8" away from the power steering box. This would be my 1st choice in reducing the header temp.
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old May 26th, 00, 02:09 PM Thread Starter
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Yes, I want to either get the headers coated or get new ones that are coated but that won't be soon. I was thinking about wrapping the steering box with a thermal cover like the ones made for starters that go on with stainless steel straps.
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old May 27th, 00, 08:09 AM
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FWIW,I put JH coated headers on my 67.I had to dent them to get them to clear my box,so they run right up next to it.I like these headers,but I developed a steering box leak a few weeks later(from the headers,I'm sure),so now I have power steering fluid dripping down on my headers.ARGH!It never ends!Now I have something to do NEXT winter.

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