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Old 02-02-2006, 03:12 PM
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I am rodding a 55 chev 1/2 ton. I bought a project that had already been started and was ALL in pieces. It had an already installed Volare front steering/suspension and set up for a SBC. It had a Ford 9 in which I had refurbished and installed Auburn 389:1 locking gears. I have a beefed up rebuilt 700R4 and the engine is a new Chev crate motor HT383 with Vortec heads and Edelbrock TPI. I have been restoring older Buicks since I was 15 years old an am now 70 but always restored to original. I have not had anything to do with streetrods since I was in HighSchool so this is mostly new to me. I'm learning a lot! My problem is this. I want to install exhaust headers and have been told that "off the shelf" headers probably won't work because of the location of the Volare steering box. There may be other issues as well that I'm not aware of. Can anyone give me some advice/guidance on what brand of headers may fit this installation and any other information you may care to impart. This is my absolute first experience with anthing MOPAR since HighSchool. I have purchsed Volare shop manuals so I am confident I can handle maintenance/adjustment of the Volare suspension but the problem of the headers and space re the steering/suspension components is my problem. Header mfrs want to make me some "custom" ones for about $1500.00-2000.00. That would make a big hole in my "truck fund".
Thanks for any help provided. Bill Winnett, Gilbert, Az

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Old 02-02-2006, 03:37 PM
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try a set of shorty block hugger headers. If they will work on a V8S10 swap, they should work on your truck.

$1500-2000 seems kind of high for a set of "customs".

Also, check with your loacl exhaust shops and see what they might recommend. may get out alot cheaper that way.

Can you upload a pic of the clearances for the steering box? That would help alot.
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