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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old Dec 22nd, 18, 06:04 AM Thread Starter
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Shave steering box for headers

I have the age old problem of the headers, on my 67, not clearing the power steering box.
Sure I could dimple the headers with a ball pein hammer, but could I grind the offending corner of the power steering box?
How safe is this? How much meat on the box can I grind before exposing the inside and damaging the box?
Thanks in advance
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old Dec 22nd, 18, 07:04 AM
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Re: Shave steering box for headers

how much clearance do you need ? depending where the header hits the box, I am guessing you can remove 3/16"
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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old Dec 22nd, 18, 10:59 AM
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Re: Shave steering box for headers

Just my $.02, get out the hammer as long as you don't have to dimple the header tube much. If the headers are new, contact the seller about your problem. I wouldn't modify the box, there could be casting pockets within the metal that will give you a leak. Also, the engine torques up when you apply the gas. Have you looked at your motor mounts? Maybe a way to loosen them and slide the engine a little - never tried it myself.

You may run into the same problem again when you replace the headers down the road.

I have never had a set of headers that fit right like factory installations.

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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old Dec 22nd, 18, 12:04 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Shave steering box for headers

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Just my $.02, get out the hammer as long as you don't have to dimple the header tube much. If the headers are new, contact the seller about your problem. I wouldn't modify the box, there could be casting pockets within the metal that will give you a leak. Also, the engine torques up when you apply the gas. Have you looked at your motor mounts? Maybe a way to loosen them and slide the engine a little - never tried it myself.

You may run into the same problem again when you replace the headers down the road.

I have never had a set of headers that fit right like factory installations.

Ron
Thanks Ron, I didn't think of bubbles in the metal. I'll probably opt for the header hammering approach.
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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old Dec 22nd, 18, 12:33 PM
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Re: Shave steering box for headers

I hate the sight of hammered headers. I generally cut out a small section, flip it over and weld it back in. A little metal finishing and itís hard to tell on stainless headers.

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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old Dec 22nd, 18, 01:15 PM
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Re: Shave steering box for headers

Purchase a set of Hustler headers and your clearance issues will be eliminated!

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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old Dec 22nd, 18, 05:27 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Shave steering box for headers

Thanks everyone. I managed to get the box and header combo in without too many modifications. However..... Now I see there is absolutely no room for the pressure hoses under primary tube #5. The bend in the hardline is just too large an angle. Any tips on how to solve this next piece in the puzzle? Do I simply bend the line to a flatter angle?
Thanks again in advance!
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old Dec 22nd, 18, 06:09 PM
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Re: Shave steering box for headers

I eliminated the hose issue by having new ones made that run along the fender well then down to the power steering pump.No more burned hoses
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