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Old 04-13-2004, 04:28 PM
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Oil filter hitting header????

On my 72 nova im running a set of hooker headers,and im not really sure of the tube size,but my oil filter hits the header when i screw it on ,and when it is tight,it was so close i had to stick a screw driver in between the header and filter to make a dent in the filter so it want rub,but it is real close to the header, this is a short filter cause a long one will hit bad, i have also hit the header before putting the filter on but its hard to hit it were it needs to be.. I guess i need to take the header off to bend it more ,but if i do that,will that mess up the flow in the header????


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Old 04-13-2004, 04:35 PM
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A small ding in the header tube probably won't make a big difference in the grand sceme of things in your engine. Personally, I'd be calling Hooker and raising hell with them as to why the headers hit the oil filter.

I got Hookers for my truck and one tube was firm against my starter body. I got them on and took it to the speed shop and complained. the guy said no problem, put my truck on the rack and got a 4 foot pry bar between the tranny and collector and bent all 4 tubes away from the engine.
Now that one tube is about 1/8" away from the starter. Personally, I think Hooker has gone down the tubes, (no pun intended!)
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Old 04-13-2004, 04:36 PM
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some denting is often called for in situations like this. I`ve had to dent many sets to make them fit properly. I wouldn`t worry about a small dented area hurting the flow, it won`t hurt it enough that it`ll even be noticeable.
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Old 04-13-2004, 04:45 PM
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What? You mean they cleared the steering box, but interfere with the oil filter?

I agree with the others, a small dent is not gonna' be a super critical thing to worry about like some would tend to believe. Unless of course you're runnin' with the big dawgs and racing where everything is critical.
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The only dogs i run with is the ones that chases my car, lol
thanks guys for the help. Robbie
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What size is the filter, Is it a AC PF 25 or PF 35 ?
25 is the smallest filter you would want to use, or get a remote mount kit that you can put on the fender rail, along with a oil cooler.
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What size is the filter, Is it a AC PF 25 or PF 35 ?
25 is the smallest filter you would want to use, or get a remote mount kit that you can put on the fender rail, along with a oil cooler.
I hate to say what kind of filter i have after reading the new thread about oil filters,but its a fram,and its a ph30 i believe that was my next idea about relocating the oil filter..but wanted to run it by everyone here first.. thanks robbie
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It would be comparable to a AC PF25 filter.
Heres a good chart for cross ref.
http://www.a1lubricants.com/ofrefer.html
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you're not alone.
I also purchased a ceramic coated set of hooker headers and have the passenger side tight against the frame and the drivers side tight against the steering box input shaft. it even called for flattening the passenger side to clear the lower control arm mount. That would be no problem, except that it is highly detrimental to the ceramic coating. I have always thought that hooker made the best headers going, but I am afraid that those days are apparently gone. The made in mexico thing may be a significant part of quality control these days.
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Old 04-05-2005, 10:54 PM
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I have the same problem with hooker super comp headers. they hit the shock tower and the steering box on my 65 comet i wish i could get my money back and buy something good. But i traded for the headers.
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I installed my 383 with Vortec heads and now my Hooker headers hit the steering gear box as well.

Can one preheat the area with a torch and carefully dent the header? Or will this mess up the rigidity of steel?

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Old 04-06-2005, 01:19 AM
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I wouldn't buy a set of hookers already ceramic coated. The quality of the company they have doing thier coating the last couple of years is bad. The coating is thin and Ive seen a couple of set start to peel and flake after some use. If you want ceramic coated hooker headers buy them painted and find a reputable coater and have them done there. I agree the quality of hookers has gone down hill.

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Old 04-06-2005, 01:27 AM
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i paid 350.00 for my hookers with out a coating and i'll just be damned if i'd purposefully dent them even if they were only 10.00.you can get a filter relocation kit for a couple of dollars or even an adapter for your filter so it turns 90* and tucks up tight against your block.do you guys get out much or buy any books or see other cars and ideas?i wouldn't dent my headers on purpose unless there was just no other way but you have options.i have a 72 nova torn completely apart in my garage under a frame off resto..only thing is that i also started one on my 3/4 ton GMC VANDURA G-2500 and the nova took a back seat.won't be long now and i'll be back on it.
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Old 04-06-2005, 06:51 AM
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I bought a set of 1 3/4" Hooker Super Comps for angle plug heads and they do not fit. I'll need to buy a mini starter to get them to fit on the passenger side and modify the clutch z bar on the drievrs side. Cost me $425.00 cdn and the quality of the headers is quite a bit lower than what I expected. Messy welds, paint finish flaking off etc. I'm running my 1 5/8 headers now.
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I wouldn't bend the headers and live with the filter that close to that heat source. GoneNova is correct when he says relocate the filter.
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