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Username Post: Headers?        (Topic#341244)
SBCguy 
Forum Newbie
Posts: 10

Loc: Youngstown, OH
Reg: 07-30-14
12-13-16 10:45 PM - Post#2666028    

It has been awhile since I have been on here, glad to see I'm not the only one still fooling around with these machines. I was just wondering what kind of options have you guys went with headers in a g body? Brand preferences, ones to stay away from etc. I've finally got around to dropping the 283 in my 80 elco and by the looks of it, there isnt a whole lot of clearance for headers. Will I be able to use the stock starter or will I have to throw big bucks at a mini starter?

1980 El Camino 283 transplant
(Will be running by spring '17)
'88 C3500 350 muncie 465 4:10 rear end
Will pull a house down!


 
wagonman100 
Super Senior Member
Posts: 13789
wagonman100
Loc: Baltimore, MD
Reg: 11-27-04
12-18-16 07:36 PM - Post#2666701    
    In response to SBCguy

I have Heddman 3/4 length headers (hedders) in my '78. They fit fine and seem to perform well with my .030 over 350. Believe it or not Hooker headers would not go on mine. They suggested going up to the incredibly expensive competition series in order to fit. Not for me. The regular ones hit my motor mount. I think it was the driver's side.

The Heddman's actually did contact the front end of one replacement starter I got, but cleared the old one. So that could be a crap shoot. I do have a mini starter now, but that was personal preference, not necessity. If you worry about heat soak as well as fitment, go with a remote style solenoid. I have that setup as well and never have heat soak problems.

Jay
Some days it's not worth chewing through the restraints.

1999 Silverado Z71 4X4 extra-cab short bed
1983 Malibu Fauxmad - tubbed
1978 El Camino Kustomized
1972 Monte Carlo
1957 210 handyman wagon
1957 Nomad sport wagon


 
BBLemond 
Forum Newbie
Posts: 49

Reg: 03-15-16
12-20-16 11:02 AM - Post#2666947    
    In response to wagonman100

I know its not an '80 but the hedman hedders I used on my '64 fit really well and they look great. So i'd say x2 on hedman!



 
arnoldsel 
Forum Newbie
Posts: 7

Reg: 06-28-16
01-27-17 10:16 AM - Post#2673811    
    In response to SBCguy

On my 65 - Did the cheap Jegs headers Long tubes. Had to "clearance" them in a few places. Right side at the frame had to ding a tube. Left Ding a tube for the steering shaft. Not a lot but this seems to be common and not too bad. I will tell you I had a 65 SS Malibu with a 396. Had Appliance Long Tube headers which are no longer. Fit was amazing not near as hard to install??. They tucked up to wear you could not tell I had headers. Had #1 tube with a slip joint so you could pull it and get to all the plugs. Just replace one single gasket. With SBC engine and the siamesed middle cylinder ports I think poses a problem for routing the tubes in comparison. But you would think with all our CAD computer programs they could have figured out a better way and fit would be better today? China!



 
SBCguy 
Forum Newbie
Posts: 10

Loc: Youngstown, OH
Reg: 07-30-14
03-01-17 06:21 AM - Post#2679109    
    In response to arnoldsel

I know it's been a few months but thank you all for the replies! I ended up ordering the cheap hedman full length headers fromm summit and finally got around to mocking everything up (except the starter.) These headers fit like they were made for my elco, who woulda thunk? I know a guy that will do a ceramic coating for only a hundred bucks so win win. Again thank you all.

1980 El Camino 283 transplant
(Will be running by spring '17)
'88 C3500 350 muncie 465 4:10 rear end
Will pull a house down!


 
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