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Old 04-03-2004, 05:44 PM
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68 power steering

I have a 1968 Camaro, originally a standard coupe with a
six cylinder and a power glide. The VIN# is 123378L303966. I
now have a 383 stroker with a Turbo 400. I have always had
clearance problems with my Flowtech Afterburner long tube
headers(1 1/2 inch primaries, 3 inch collectors) rubbing against
the stock power steering gear box. The number 3 tube would rub
and create an awful loud vibration at low rpm but would usually
go away once I'm up to speed.
I recently upgraded my cast iron SR Torquer heads to the GM
Aluminum Fast Burn heads. Because of this upgrade, I also had
to change my headers. I ordered a set of Hedman Shorty headers
from Jet Hot with 1 5/8 inch primaries and 3 inch collectors.
Now I can't even move the header into place to bolt it in
because the number 3 tube hits the power steering box even worse
than before.
Is there a smaller power steering gear box that I could swap
over to that would give me the room I need to bolt the header in
place? I thought I read somewhere about either an aftermarket
gear box for a Nova that would work, or a third or fourth
generation gear box that would be smaller. If not, does that
mean I'll have to convert to manual steering, and if so, would
that fix my clearance problem?
I know I've consistently read about guys with headers even
bigger than mine that have power steering and it looks like they
have plenty of room. Any help you can give would be great!

Earl Brunson
Pensacola, FL
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