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OK Kustom Headers, Flint MI

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by 70L34, Dec 27, 2009.

  1. 70L34
    Joined: Aug 27, 2005
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    70L34
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    from Detroit

    I came across a set of 55-57 Chevy SBC headers made by Kustom Equipment in Flint, MI. Pretty familiar with the company's history but I wanted to know if there's any way to know when these headers were made. There is a nameplate tacked to one of the passenger side primary tubes that reads 'OK Kustom, Kustom Equipment Company, Flint Michigan' and the collectors have a round 4-bolt flange.

    Appreciate the help!

    Tony
     
  2. 70L34
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    70L34
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    from Detroit

    Still looking for info on these headers.
     
  3. Rick Beil
    Joined: Oct 18, 2010
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    Rick Beil
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    I worked at speed shops for 12 years from the late 60's to 70's. Kustom headers were available about 69 till around 75 or so. They had a big deal large tube (17/8" primaries) for SB chevys starting around "Nationals" time in 1970. There was a big push on them for the racing crowd. The advertized "Bolt on a tenth".
    Had a customer in Dayton get a set of em for a 66 Nova C/MP. They did not fit worth a darn. Too big the primaries hit everything. Never got em on the car.
    Some people had good luck with them however from what I was told back then.
     
  4. flatheadpete
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    flatheadpete
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    from Burton, MI

    Oh man!!! Don't tell Matt at Ionia Speed Shop you have those. Kustom Equipment did a ton of headers back in the day. Good stuff. I remember seeing the shop when i was a kid. Now the building is a pond equipment supplies store.... I'll see if I can get more info from a guy I know who has a set on the 302 DZ in his Kustom Eq Vette showcar.
     
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  5. jdubbya
    Joined: Jul 12, 2003
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    Kustom Equipment was located just a few miles from my house, and was the place to go drool when I was a broke teenager in the 80's. In 1992, Kustom owner Dave Lunkas was a passenger in a ridiculously powered T-bucket that was racing a motorcycle on the streets of Flint, after touching a curb with the rear slick, he and car owner/ driver Bruce Shoemaker were killed at the scene. The family attempted to keep the shop open, but it folded up just a few years later.
     
  6. Don't remember the exact time frame but remember being commissioned by one of Kustom's inside guys to create a set of drawings of their Camaro Z-28 headers-the ones that came in the trunk. They had created a header concept by building/fabbing on the car. Problem was, the hot dogs at Chevrolet Engineering couldn't convince Central Office Purchasing to buy them based on only a sample-Purchasing insisted on a drawing or blue prints. A friend and myself took a set home and propped them up on my basement floor (surface plate with a 9" grid pattern). With a combination square we started picking up points and plotting them. we faked a reasonable set of pictures of the headers then ran blue prints of our drawing at work: Chevrolet Mfg in downtown Flint. The B/Ps satisfied Chevrolet Purchasing and the headers were sold. My pay was an old 2 X 4 Manifold from a 270 H.P. 283 with two AFBs. So what year were the first Z-28s? I just can't remember the name of the guy we worked for. At that time the Ogoreck brothers owned the place.
     
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  7. 70L34
    Joined: Aug 27, 2005
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    70L34
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    from Detroit

    It took me almost 6 years to discover your replies to my thread...but here's a late 'thank you' for responding! Dale, what an awesome story. The first Z Camaros came out in mid '67.
     

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