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Old 08-01-2006, 11:46 PM
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headers for 65 Belair?

I have 65 Belair which had 6 cyl with factory air conditioning. We are replacing with a sbc 350. I'm think about headers but I am concerned about interference with air conditioning unit on passenger side firewall. Does anyone have experience with this? Are there specific headers which will fit without modifications to header or a/c ? Any help would be appreciated.
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Headers should clear the AC on a small block '65 "by a mile".
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Old 08-02-2006, 11:49 AM
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There's plenty of room.

If you're going to use stock A/C mounting brackets and hardware from 65/66...

The lower stock A/C mounting brackets will not be useable once you install the headers since the original exhaust manifold had bolt holes for that purpose. The upper brackets might not be useable either.

What I did was run a bracket from the top inside rear of the compressor to another L-bracket on the intake mounted on the water intake. I also ran a bracket from the rear of the alternator to the same L-bracket so there was a balance of force. It wasn't the prettiest thing but the A/C functioned and the compressor was sturdy. I left the lower bracket that runs the length of the compressor on the compressor although it didn't mount to anything.

Sorry, I don't have photos of this setup as I replaced the engine and went with a March outward mount system last year.
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Thanks - I really appreciate the posts. It's one of those things that a little information from someone who has done it saves alot of time & $$
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