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How To Build Your Own Headers

True Tales From The Real World

This is a story about building a '67 Chevy II with a modern drivetrain, brakes, and steering. The body came out of a shed behind a barn in the middle of a cornfield in southwestern Virginia. It features genuine N.O.S. quarter-panels and fenders, combined with a frame and rollcage from Art Morrison. The motor is an LS1 from a '98 F-body, which came complete with two spun bearings. I got a complete replacement bottom-end from Lingenfelter Performance. The transmission is a Viper T56 six-speed mated to the LS1 using a GM bellhousing. I haven't done it yet, but I will have to replace the input shaft with a GM version since the Viper and GM input shafts are different lengths and diameters. The rearend is a 9-inch Ford, narrowed by Art Morrison. Both front and rear suspensions are coilover-based; the front is a Mustang II-derived design with tubular A-arms, and the rear is a four-bar with Panhard bar. Baer brakes are sitting in boxes, waiting to be called on to stop the car...if it ever gets going!

Obviously, no header company makes a header specifically for this combination. That's where Headers by Ed comes in. Eddy Henneman sells header kits for oddball combinations, though they require some fabrication skills. After I filled out his extensive questionnaire, Ed recommended a 1-5/8x36-inch equal-length header for this combination. This article outlines how I made the driver-side header.

The kit comes with mandrel-bent U-bends and J-bends, collectors, reducers (from the 3-inch collector to a 2-inch for the exhaust tubes), some straight tubing, O2 bungs, and flanges. Each flange is 1/2-inch thick, with about 4 inches of tubing TIG-welded in place and ground smooth, which really saves time during fabrication, since you don't have to dress these welds later when the header is complete.

SOURCES
Art Morrison Enterprises Inc.
Fife
WA  98424
Headers by Ed
P.O. Box 7494
Minneapolis
MN  55407
Baer Racing
6-02/-233-1411
www.baer.com
Lingenfelter Performance Engineering
1557 Winchester Rd.
Decatur
IN  46733
2-60/-724-2552
www.lingenfelter.com
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