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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old Apr 3rd, 03, 04:29 AM Thread Starter
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Hello,
Looking to put shorty headers on my 69 and was hoping someone could tell me which set to buy. One of my main concerns is the reverse lockout linkage clearing the headers. I've got to have my reverse lights working!! The reason I was thinking shorties is I didn't want the headers to show from the side like my last set did. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old Apr 3rd, 03, 06:31 AM
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take your pick of any of these sites. i run the dougs on my 69 big block 4-speed and have no problem with reverse lockout. i have the full length headers.

http://www.dougsheaders.com

http://www.holley.com/hookerheaders/index.html

http://www.sandersonheaders.com/

http://www.dynomax.com/

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I put a set of Hooker Muscle car shortys on my Nova last year,and they worked out fine.I went to them for the same reason you described.Nothing looks worse than a hedder hanging 3 inches below the sub frame,and sparks flying when you hit a bump.They were around $325.00 and were jet hot coated.Most companys have low ground clearance full lengths too.They usually don't list them in the Jegs or Summitt type magazines.The tech people at the Mfg's are usually helpful.

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I'm running Hooker Supercomps (1-3/4") on my 69 Z R/S. Reverse lockout works good, lots of clearance. I had to make a small bracket to mount the clutch return spring a little more inboard so that the extension rod (the one that goes from the spring to the clutch fork)for the clutch, didn't scrub against the left header. Mine are very close to the power steering box because I have to run the 1 3/4" tubes (Fast burn heads), but if you run the 1 5/8 tubes they should bolt right in with room to spare. There are a lot of headers out there! IMO the Hookers are the best. If you have deep pockets, the only header out there for street/strip use that are better are the Sandersons. But fit may be a problem.
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Thanks for the help. Decisions, decisions!!!!!!!! [img]graemlins/clonk.gif[/img]

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If you are running a standard trans, I haven't found anyone who has a shorty design that works.
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On the flip side if you want low $$$ I have been running a set of flowtech shortys for a few weeks. The fit was good and i have a colume shifted car. I think they say they will fit a stick shift car also. I had to dimple the #3 cylinder tube to clear the steering box in a spot about the size of a nickle. They seem well made for the money but time will only tell. Only $89.00 at Summit.

I do have a soft spot for Sandersons. I have had them before and they fit great and looked good.

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