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55-57 Chevy big Block Header Help?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Gasr57, Nov 18, 2012.

  1. Gasr57
    Joined: Sep 3, 2007
    Posts: 236

    Gasr57
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    from Ohio

    I am looking into doing a big block swap on my '57 150 sedan. Can anyone recommend a chassis header that will work without cutting the rear motor mounts? Any tips or tricks or recommendations on this swap would be greatly appreciated. Nothing beats first hand experience and I would like to learn from your experience.Thanks for your time guys.
     
  2. Shiftee
    Joined: Nov 12, 2001
    Posts: 214

    Shiftee
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    Hedman has some good headers under the hussler name but not sure about the rear mounts. Went thru the same thing for some Sbc headers!
     
  3. kennkat
    Joined: Aug 25, 2011
    Posts: 1,384

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    I have used both the "Headman Hustler" header as well as the "Hooker Competition" header and both were installed in the stock 55 - 57 chassis, with manual trans both times.
     
  4. R Stevens
    Joined: Feb 29, 2012
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    R Stevens
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    from Windber,Pa

    My buddy used hooker super comps with front mounts. Don' know if they will work with rear mounts
     
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  5. kennkat
    Joined: Aug 25, 2011
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    Not "here-say", first hand information... First did this in 1975.. have done MANY in the years between '75 & '80.... Back then we used the front mounts (usually solid) AND the factory mid mount by using an off the shelf Lakewood Scatter-shield that was made for the side mounts, but a stock 55-57 bell will work also. Over the years some things have changed, my experience is that the 4 tube headers have not.:):):) I Still prefer fenderwell headers on a "Tri five" Chevy. :)
     
  6. propwash
    Joined: Jul 25, 2005
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    propwash
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    from Las Vegas

    yeah - fenderwells. If you're going to make BBC noises, then make it look big too.
     
  7. chop32
    Joined: Oct 13, 2002
    Posts: 1,077

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    Ive used the Hedman chassis headers. Hope your car isnt lowered, my collectors hung way below the bottom of the frame to clear the bellhousing mounts.
    I later switched to a side side engine mounts/tailshaft trans mount setup and was able to easily modify a set of '67-'69 Camaro headers for better ground clearance, after I cut off the old bellhousing/frame mounts.
     
  8. kennkat
    Joined: Aug 25, 2011
    Posts: 1,384

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    :) Yes they do hang very low... As I recall we used the 6 cylinder motor mount holes when making front mounts for the big block swap...:):)
     

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