Originally Posted by 1953 Homer
My 302 left side exhaust manifold/pipe is within 1/2 inch of the manual steering box in it's new location in my '53 Ford sedan (Homer). Some questions come to mind:
1. Do I need to be concerned about the distance?
2. Do I need to fab/install a heat shield?
3. If needed, what should the shield be made from?
As always, thanks for the advice in advance.
If it bothers you, install a heat shield. Make one out of 24 ga. stainless and attach it to the cooler object, like the steering box. Try and make it so that it will ;'scoop' some cooler air coming by it, for cooling of the heat shield. A thinner metal will disburse heat better than a thick one while maintaining structural integrity. Run it through a bead roller for some stiffness so it won't vibrate or rattle.