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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old Feb 27th, 07, 08:43 PM Thread Starter
 
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Header Ding Help Needed

Are there any tricks to dinging the header so it fits over the steering box?
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old Feb 27th, 07, 08:47 PM
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Re: Header Ding Help Needed

The trick is to send them back and make then send a set that fits. What good is having a set of headers that are supposed to increase flow, and then banging them up with a hammer and decreasing flow

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post #3 of 13 (permalink) Old Feb 28th, 07, 12:32 AM
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Re: Header Ding Help Needed

while bill is right, but if you want to or have to adjust the header clearance. do what i did and just use a towel over the header and a hammer (not a hammer for nails with the grid pattern on it)
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Re: Header Ding Help Needed

Use a 1" iron bar and hammer that bar into the header to form a perfect detent. Don't use hammer directly against the header.
This needs to be done out of the car on your driveway or something.

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post #5 of 13 (permalink) Old Feb 28th, 07, 09:49 PM
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Re: Header Ding Help Needed

Am I right in my guess that you have a BBC in a 1st Gen Camaro?
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Am I right in my guess that you have a BBC in a 1st Gen Camaro?
Yes.

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post #7 of 13 (permalink) Old Mar 1st, 07, 06:24 AM
 
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Re: Header Ding Help Needed

You can take the steering box off and shave the mounting area down a bit plus shave the corner of box where it is hitting header. Just don't shave the corner to much. You then can move the steering components down a bit. I have a Flamming River power steering box with Hooker headers, 2'' primary tubes. No dents, dings or scratches.
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Re: Header Ding Help Needed

smooth dings, dimples, etc work fine.
Ball peen hammer, bar stock, whatever is required.

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post #9 of 13 (permalink) Old Mar 1st, 07, 01:25 PM
 
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You must have the wrong "frame" mounts!
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post #10 of 13 (permalink) Old Mar 1st, 07, 06:53 PM
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You must have the wrong "frame" mounts!

He absolutely does.
I asked earlier if he had a BBC in a 1st gen. This is exactly the problem I had.
I got the car with big headers already in it. The car originally came with a 327 and someone put this BBC in it but didn't change the frame mounts. So they had to dent the headers.

I bought the right frame mounts and put them in, now there is plenty of room between the steering box and the headers. My headers use to sit, literally a paper's width away from the p/s box. Now its about an inch or so away.

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Thinking of replacing my headers on the drivers side because I don't like the dents in them.
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He absolutely does.
I asked earlier if he had a BBC in a 1st gen. This is exactly the problem I had.
I got the car with big headers already in it. The car originally came with a 327 and someone put this BBC in it but didn't change the frame mounts. So they had to dent the headers.

I bought the right frame mounts and put them in, now there is plenty of room between the steering box and the headers. My headers use to sit, literally a paper's width away from the p/s box. Now its about an inch or so away.

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Thinking of replacing my headers on the drivers side because I don't like the dents in them.

Good point....

I have Hooker 2457 2" with Brodix heads it you think matters.
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Re: Header Ding Help Needed

The BB frame mounts shift the BB over to the passenger side a bit for clearance. The manual trans crossmember is offset also to have the trans shifted over the same amount. I dont know about the automatics. I know you can get away with the SB crossmember with a poly transmount somehow, but I bought Ricks BB crossmember for a manual.

You need to change your frame mounts 1st like stated. If you have a SB heatercore you will have to address that clearance too cuase the BB heatercores inlet/outlets are located in the center of the core cover for clearance. My buddy didnt change his out just mashed them over a bit.

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post #13 of 13 (permalink) Old Mar 2nd, 07, 09:45 AM
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Use a deep socket (the side not the ends) and a hammer.
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