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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old Mar 30th, 03, 11:25 AM Thread Starter
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I have a 69 camaro which I recently dropped the engine and trans back into (350/350). I am trying to install new heddman headers (p/n 68600, shorties w/ 1 5/8" tubes) and seem to be encountering problems w/ clearance. The headers seem to be hitting the auto trans linkage bracket. The heddman techs blame my Energy Suspension engine mounts (a theory which I have not thrown out entirely). The headers seem to also be sitting right on the power steering pump, but as I have not been able to bolt them in entirely, I ma not sure if this is going to be a problem. Any solutions or comments would be greatly appreciated.

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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old Apr 1st, 03, 06:47 AM
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Welcome to the site. Is the header made to clear power sterring? Some headers are not designed to clear. Most headers are a close fit to PS boxes. Alot of the time, the tube on the header that does not clear the box needs a small dimple knocked in the tube by placing a socket length-wise on the tube and hitting the socket with a hammer to create the indention to clear the box.

Also, since the header fits so close on the driver side, sometimes you have to remove the bolt on the moto mount and jack up that side of the motor to allow the header to slide in from the bottom. Make sure your car is jacked up and off the floor at least 2ft on jackstands. Once you jack the motor up on the drivers side, you should be able to see if you need to dent the header pipe. remember to measure twice before denting in this case.

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