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Cheap block hugger headers for Chevy small block.

I've got a 305 TPI engine I'm putting in my wife's '57 Chevy 3200 pickup.

Would you take a chance on these headers? They are very cheap in price but look good. Also, it seems like with block huggers, there isn't much that could be wrong with them.

SBC Small Block Chevy Hugger Headers Ceramic Coated 283 305 350 400 Heavy Duty | eBay

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I've seen the "cheap" headers out there and you should go with........"if it sounds to good to be true, it usually is".
Had a buddy buy a cheap set from ebay. First thing is the coating came off after the first fire up of the motor. Then they started to rust. These parts are usually made off shore(china) .That's why they are cheap.
Buy a brand name and spend a few extra bucks to get good quality, it's worth it in the long run.
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I purchased a set years ago. Chrome pealed in a couple of spots (american sets do also), then rusted. Michigan people are used to that. Biggest problem was the flanges move around a lot. Changed to aluminum gaskets and exhaust leaks went away.
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I purchased a set years ago. Chrome pealed in a couple of spots (american sets do also), then rusted. Michigan people are used to that. Biggest problem was the flanges move around a lot. Changed to aluminum gaskets and exhaust leaks went away.
Yeah, I've heard the best thing to do with any header is throw away the gaskets they give you and get good ones.

I could eliminate any peeling and rusting issues by going with this stainless set. They aren't much more money.
They will darken, I know. But that wouldn't bother me.

New SBC Chevy Stainless Steel Block Hugger Headers 350 | eBay

What's do you think about that idea?
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I think the stainless headers will last longer,, The coated ones will rust in spots over time.. Even the best name brands..
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they are made in china, thin walls will heat up the engine bay, also this seller has changed their ebay name 4 times. Stay away & Save your money
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I don't think you will have any problem with kmjperformance.. To good of a track record... I bought from him before... Like I said the brand name coated ones don't hold up from rust either... If I was to buy some, I would go with stainless..
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Best thing about 'em in my opinion is that they're eye candy comin' out of the box, just like any other new part that comes to via the big brown truck. The thin flanges will more than likely twist up like a potato chip and you'll have exhaust leaks. I would never buy the 5/16" flanges. I don't even like 3/8" flanges for the same reason. If someone made headers with a 1/2" thick flange, I'd pay the money for 'em.

Other thing is, these headers may not work any better than cast iron log manifolds on a low-perf daily driver. I think I'd clean up a set of ram's horns and use 'em.
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I'd get a set of truck ram horns(not hard to find) and have them coated..
they'll flow more than enough for that 305 .
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Here's a set from Speedway which I think is a pretty reliable vendor. They are stainless with 3/8" flanges and on sale for $199 (plus $17 shipping). $67 more than the ebay ones with the 5/16" flanges.

S/B Chevy Stainless Steel Tight-Fit Headers - Speedway Motors, America's Oldest Speed Shop

What do you all think about those? Are the thicker flanges worth the extra $67?

I wouldn't mind the rams horn idea but I don't think they would be that easy to find where I live. Plus, it may end up costing this much anyway. More if I put a good quality coating on them. Don't they have a flat surface on the side with the heat riser valve that you have to deal with too?
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I'd get a set of truck ram horns(not hard to find) and have them coated..
they'll flow more than enough for that 305 .
I agree. If you want to keep it "budget", have 'em sandblasted and spray paint 'em with several thin coats of John Deere muffler paint. It ain't cheap, but it is good. I've used it. Part number TY25657 at your local John Deere dealer.

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Btw, performance is not an issue for what I'm trying to do. I'm going to keep this 305 TPI completely stock. So, I'm just going for economy and ease of installation. Also like the idea of the time savings in buying the headers versus the legwork of finding a set of good ram horns.

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Btw, performance is not an issue for what I'm trying to do. I'm going to keep this 305 TPI completely stock. So, I'm just going for economy and ease of installation. Also like the idea of the time savings in buying the headers versus the legwork of finding a set of good ram horns.
Found 4 sets in your locale, took 5 minutes. Look at my post above yours. Shipping from Dallas should be reasonable.
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Found 4 sets in your locale, took 5 minutes. Look at my post above yours. Shipping from Dallas should be reasonable.
I wouldn't buy from craigslist unless it was local. Ebay I would though. I would also want to get 2 driver's side ones so I wouldn't have the heat riser issue. By the time I buy 2 of those on ebay, pay shipping and have them coated, I'm not saving anything over the $200 stainless headers from Speedway. Less hours and better looks too.
Appreciate your ideas though.
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I wouldn't buy from craigslist unless it was local. Ebay I would though. I would also want to get 2 driver's side ones so I wouldn't have the heat riser issue. By the time I buy 2 of those on ebay, pay shipping and have them coated, I'm not saving anything over the $200 stainless headers from Speedway. Less hours and better looks too.
Appreciate your ideas though.
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