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Exhaust manifolds or headers for 1952 Chevy Truck

Having a problem with the exhaust manifold on my '52 Chevy truck I'm working on. Has a mustang rack and pinion front end, 350 Chevy engine. I've tried 3 different sets of headers and several exhaust manifolds. On the drivers side the steering hook up is in the way. On the passenger side the lower control arm is in the way. I used the Speedway Mustang front kit. I've tried ram horns and several other set of Chevy manifolds but haven't found any thing that works. Any suggestion would be great. Thanks NickO.

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to be honest, i cant really picture the set up in my head so a picture wold be great, but from what you have posted, i would say you might have to get a weld up header kit from jegs, and bend the pipe yourself, would give you a custom look and header performance, not to mention you can make it fit and combination of applications you can throw it at. (1800-345-4545)[/B]
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Have you called Speedway? The steering column shaft could be moved. In actuallity it shouldn't even be installed until after the motor and exhaust is in.

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And you tried the hugger headers? Something isn't right here, I've a few buddies with the same era Chevy, they all get by with huggers or shorties.
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Having a problem with the exhaust manifold on my '52 Chevy truck I'm working on. Has a mustang rack and pinion front end, 350 Chevy engine. I've tried 3 different sets of headers and several exhaust manifolds. On the drivers side the steering hook up is in the way. On the passenger side the lower control arm is in the way. I used the Speedway Mustang front kit. I've tried ram horns and several other set of Chevy manifolds but haven't found any thing that works. Any suggestion would be great. Thanks NickO.
I have a 54 Chevy pickup with a Mustang II and 350 engine with stock exhaust manifolds from a 70's model engine. I used two steering u-joints to help the steering shaft clear my exhaust manifolds and have plenty of room for the exhaust that way. I used a steering column from a 87 S-15 Blazer. You may have to offset your steering column a little to get the right angle for the shaft to clear the manifolds or headers.
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Any chance you couls use fenderwell headers? Patriot makes the "fat fender chevy" headers that are quite reasonable and should clear anything. I used them on my Austin gasser, but I installed the engine with the headers on, so I built the steering around my engine and header install.
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any route you decide to take, just remember to give them some wiggle room, unless you'r using solid mounts, just a little something i know i would be beating myself for if i didn't think of before hand.
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