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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old May 15th, 04, 01:27 PM Thread Starter
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Hi,

I have decided to remove the exhaust manifolds on my 67 camaro and replace them with hooker competition headers. I was wondering how I would detach the manifolds from the pipe. Also, does anybody know if it would be worth it for the money to get super competition rather than competition hooker headers?

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old May 15th, 04, 09:48 PM
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You'll have to get under the car and use probably several long ratchet extensions and a deep well 9/16" socket. Many times the studs will break off rather than the nuts come loose. You will also need to cut the pipes back far enough for room to install the headers, then have a muffler shop put in new sections of pipe to go between the headers and existing exhaust pipes (assuming you are going to reuse the existing exhaust). For most cars/engines the regular comp headers will be perfectly fine.

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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old May 16th, 04, 05:27 AM
 
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Saw the exhaust pipes off up short and remove the manifolds and then put them in a vice on your workbench.

Then hopefully you can squirt some PB Blaster on the nuts and let it set for a while AND not break the studs!!

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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old May 16th, 04, 03:01 PM
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Ditto Pdq's suggestion.

Definately use LOTS of penetrant! I was so afraid I was going to bust off a bolt in the head... they were stuck in there pretty good.

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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old May 17th, 04, 11:09 AM
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After you finish, make sure you have a spa heated and ready because your back will hurt.

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I just slide several great big cardboard boxes that are folded flat under my car and something to use as a "pillow" so I can lay my head on it to rest every so often.

Check out the dumpster cages or boxes at some local furniture stores b/c couch boxes make dandy pieces of cardboard to use!! Heck, I bet if you ask, the store's furniture handling guy's will probably save some boxes for you.. And a six-pack of pop would help too if it's hot...

I used to keep several of them learned up by my car to use..

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