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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by lrs30, Sep 24, 2013.

  1. powrshftr
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    Is that picture new...?
    Cause if it is,you NAILED that car!That thing looks like it just rolled out of a time machine from 1963/1964!!!!
    Nice job!
    Now tell us it's a 4-speed car and make everyone's day!!:D

    Scott


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  2. SmokinBill
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    That '55 is one of my favorites. Not over done, Not lifted too the moon. If I remember right it does have a 4 speed. We raced each other a couple times at the Lodi Ca airstrip (kingdon) best match race of the day I thought.And yes headers are just RIGHT!!!!
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  3. 33 Dodge
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    Hell yeah it's a 4 speed!!
     
  4. 33 Dodge
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    SmokinBill, Hey that was the most fun I had all day, racing your bad ass Nova! That was a blast!
     
  5. SmokinBill
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    Just saying how nice his car looked and the headers looked correct. This thread was about headers, the comment was headers. Shame it got deleted.
     
  6. lrs30
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    It's a center bolt small block Chevy....:(


    Kidding, it's a 383 big block, To be honest I'm not positive on the headers I wanna say that I remember the previous guy saying hooker. When I in unwrap them I will look for the badge, and also thru the stack of reciepts.
     
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  7. corncobcoupe
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    Click on the picture for a closer look. Exhaust turn out exits right behind/below the front fender.
    Plumbbid built them as the coupe had plenty of inside fender clearance so he added a couple of 180 degree pipes off the header to add a muffler similar to the old hopped up VW sets ups.
    Sanitary Fabricated and a Great sound.
     

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  8. jimmy1931
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    Steve Centracchio fabbed the headers on the '31. he also built the entire car.
     
  9. lrs30
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    I'm gonna try to put a little length into the collector and try to
    Baffle it some how so I can get rid of the P trap style exhaust the previous owner put on it.
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  10. Prostreetgasser
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    Custom built headers and exhaust.
     

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  11. 1971BB427
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    If those were on my car I'd cut the collector flange off and lengthen the collector long enough to get the new flange a few inches lower than the floor pan. Then I'd come off the inside of the collector with an outlet for the exhaust system. That way you could have a collector cap on the end of the collector and make it easy to open the fenderwell headers without having to drop the exhaust each time.
     
  12. lrs30
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    That's kinda what I was thinking i love your mod you did to yours it's clean and simple solution! All your knowledge and input didn't fall upon deaf ears that's for sure!


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  13. lrs30
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    So with what pics that are posted, my question is should I keep them wrapped or remove it? Any disadvantages other than them
    Not being white? Lol


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  14. 1971BB427
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    I'd remove it, especially if you want them to look period. Nobody wrapped headers back in the 50's and 60's. I've heard tell of moisture being trapped in header wrap, and causing pitting or corrosion on the tubes. I've never had any wrapped, so can't speak personally whether that is fact or not.
     
  15. lrs30
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    I've done it on my bikes in the past basically for looks lol one of them I raced so it was kinda a pourpose! I am sure I will remove it but I wanted to see if there was a upside to keeping it on there.


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  16. Fugly Too
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    I have a set of big block fenderwell Hooker Super Comps for my Dart. They do not look like yours. But let me wander out to the shop tomorrow.
     
  17. neighborkidswillys
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    33 Dodge, Cool headers on a tough looking 55!


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  18. Made these a while back
     

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  19. Sandblast the headers clean, be sure to get no fingerprints on em afterwards, paint in many light coats with VHT, and sorta heavily spray into the tubes where they bolt up to the cylinder heads as if the paint is taking the same path as the flame coming out of the ports. Install on the car with clean cloth gloves so as not to get oily fingerprints on the painted surface. Start the motor and hold at about 1200 RPM for just a few seconds (5-10?) until you see a wisp of smoke coming off the paint. Immediately idle the motor and shut off. Let headers cool to room temp and repeat a few times. If you've done this right, you can fine sand and touch up for years in case you run thru a big puddle and the front tires kick up a mess.
     
  20. Here are a couple shots of my Henry J headers under construction
    along with a shot of the headers on the finished chassis with the
    head pipes that sweep under the frame and then back up over the
    transmission crossmember.

    John
     

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  21. lrs30
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    --------------------------look up he nailed it!------------- Killer job on the O'Henry
     
  22. powrshftr
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    John,
    That is a really nice job on the layout and fabrication!
    Me likey!:D

    Scott


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  23. lrs30
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    So you guys that have painted your headers how many cans did it take?
     
  24. alphabet soup
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    I painted mine with silver hi-heat. Pretty much took a can per header.
     
  25. lrs30
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    That's what I was figuring....
     
  26. Russco
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    Another old trick rather than painting them is to liberally wipe them down with ATF fluid on the bare metal. This has to be done before they are ran for the first time, then repeat as needed. They with smoke a bit at first but they will turn a brownish color and look good for as long as you keep doing it as needed.
     
  27. 1971BB427
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    I use one can for both headers. My experience has been if the paint is too thick it's more likely to peel. Using one can has given enough coverage to make them hold up well. The headers on my Falcon are still in the original black that came from Patriot. I have to decide what color to do them, and whether to paint or coat them?
     
  28. wheelguy
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    Extend them down and out with caps (I got the caps at Obrien truckers) with exhaust running from side of collector to mufflers.
     

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  29. wheelguy
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    What i just said above.

    If that doesn't work out, try this !!!!!!

    SOUNDS LIKE A V-12
     

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  30. bowie
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    wheelguy: Those dumps look great on your wicked Willys. That 2nd pair...kinda max wedge style?
     
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