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I’m trying to replace a stock Saginaw Steering Gear in a 1968 Camaro SS clone and am running into header clearance issues blocking the new box install. I bought this car with a stock 47 year old Saginaw box installed with a 396 block and Hooker #2457 two inch long-tube headers. The steering is loose and needs a new box. After installing a Tremec TKO 600 trans and re-aligning the pinion angle, the number 5 cylinder header tube began laying on the steering box. I determined the engine was mounted with the shorter frame mounts / taller engine mounts so I changed them over to the taller frame mounts / shorter engine mounts. This resulted in raising the engine about 5/8” and moving it towards the passenger side 3/8”. (This also caused the air cleaner – 3” element – to hit the stock SS hood.) So here is my real question. I know these boxes are supposed to clear the headers (tube dented) and my guess is they will once the box is bolted up. Getting the new box in there is the problem. It was rebuilt with new internals by Lee Mfg. The box measurements are identical. What is the best way to do this? Can I just unbolt the header itself to install the new box or do I have to unbolt the engine mounts and use an engine hoist to lift the engine a bit. Has anyone had this issue and resolved it? Thanks
 

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Remove header only. ck clearance at steering gear, dimple if necessary, and
Re-install header.
 

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Don't you remember how you installed the 2457HKR headers. You had to raise the car up and take the bolt out of the motor mount. Jack the engine up enough for the header to slip into place and slowly release the jack to let the engine down. Be sure the drivers side wheel is off. To install the steering box you will have to put the car up on jack stands as high as you can get it. (as tall as the headers) Unbolt the header, jack the engine up on driver side and drop the header down and get it out the way. Now you have plenty of room to mount the steering box. Install the box with the bolts finger tight. Reinstall the header with all the bolts in. Bolt the collector to the exhaust then let the car down off the jackstands. Torque the steering box to 70 ft lbs., torque the pitman arm nut to 140 ft lbs. :beers: You can finish the rest that I can't see.
 

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Thank you. Exactly the advice I am looking for. I'm 71 so I'm always looking for the easiest way.
 
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