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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old Mar 2nd, 10, 02:47 PM Thread Starter
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bending headers for clearance

I bought a new set of polished ceramic shorties for a 67, they hit on the steering box, if I bang that area in a little will the ceramic chip or crack? I'll try to be gentle !!!

anyone else have that issue?

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old Mar 2nd, 10, 03:06 PM
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Re: bending headers for clearance

Mine came about 3/16th from the PS box and was almost ready to start pounding on them so interested on how this evolves. I did wrap that paricular tube with some heat barrier material to deter the heat from soaking into the PS box and fluid. Something you still may want to consider since such close proximity.

Also - originally I was at closer to 1/16" but ground some material off of the side of PS box (did the 3rd Gen Cardone swap which brought it a tad closer to the tube vs. original PS box). Nothing aggressive or that would hinder the integrity but gradual and smooth. This extra grinding resulted in about another 1/16" - 1/8" clearance in areas where tube came close to box.
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Re: bending headers for clearance

I had to bang on my Hooker Ceramic coated headers. I'd do it with a soft piece of aluminum stock rounded off:

If will scratch em, but not hurt the coating.


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Re: bending headers for clearance

Depending on how much room you need you could just shim up the motor mount / block to move motor up and over to the right.

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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old Mar 4th, 10, 05:43 AM
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Re: bending headers for clearance

A little bit of massaging won't hurt a thing, but use a piece of wood (or aluminum as Ed did) in the right spot, then hit that with your hammer. If you strike it directly, you'll definitely cause damage. I've seen several that were done with wood blocks and haven't seen any that were losing any of the coating material.
I'm kinda anal about mine, I always do the trial fit and massaging first, then send 'em off for coating.

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