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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old Sep 5th, 06, 02:28 PM Thread Starter
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Installing New Headers

Is it at all possible to install headers without removing the engine (sb) from a 69?? Will normal height floor jacks be sufficient clearance for installation??? Any input would be appreciated.....
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Re: Installing New Headers

I have a 67, and the subframes are the same, so I imagine it is nearly the same procedure. I had to jack mine up pretty high, but was able to manuver them in pretty easily. The passenger side went in easily. The drivers side was a PITA. I have power steering, so that didn't help matters. I did have to "customize" one of the header tubes to clear the power steering box. I think the drivers side can only be manuvered in one way, so be patient, it will go. At least the Hooker Headers I have fit. Can't vouch for other brands.

Jack it up, and use jackstands and the jack, just to be safe. Block the wheels too.

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Yes you can. No need to pull engine. Like what was said above, the passenger can usually go in from the top down. The drivers side usually has to go from the bottom up. You will need to get the car as high as possible and be safe. Remove spark plugs and anything else you can see what might stop you. You may have to pull the dip stick out of the block too. If it's a stick, you will have to remove Z-bar and linkage. Worse case is you may have to unbolt motor mounts and lift engine slightly to get the drivers side in.

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Re: Installing New Headers

Will the hood have to be removed for the headers to go in from the top?
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Re: Installing New Headers

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Will the hood have to be removed for the headers to go in from the top?
I put both of mine in from the bottom. I cannot imagine removing the hood, when both can be put in fairly easily from below. Removing the dipstick is a must, but I left my plugs in. I would not remove the hood, as it can be a pain to get it lined up again. IMO, harder than simply jacking the car up and feeding them in from below.

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Re: Installing New Headers

No need to remove engine or hood -- have installed headers many times -- passenger side can go in from the top; drivers side goes in from the bottom (with the car jacked up fairly high) -- simple, straightforward install

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Passenger side is super easy, like about a 5 minute job. The drivers side has to be from the bottom. You may have to dent your headers, depending on th model. The PS gearbox makes it very painful.
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It's always easier to install headers from underneath the car. Just jack up the front of the car and support the car with jackstands. There is no need to do anything to the motor. What kind of headers are you installing? I have Hedman shorties which are real easy to install vs. full length headers. Either way it's a pretty simple job other than dimpling the driver's side header due to the steering gearbox if needed. Good luck!

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Re: Installing New Headers

hmm i did mine from the top.
though i did need to raise the car a foot or so to swing the headers rearward.


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Re: Installing New Headers

you can just drop the pass side in from the top unless you have A/C.
The drivers side goes in from the bottom, at a very steep angle. As was said, plugs, dipstick tube and z-bar or backdrive linkage will have to come off. Depending on the header, you may have to raise the drivers side of the motor slightly to get it in.





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just use a BFH to massage the right areas to make them badboys fit
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a BFH will make it fit by a RCH
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