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Ramshorn manifold vs. Sanderson headers

Any advice on this? this is for an early Chevy 350 built by a reputable shop 20 years ago but never run. Double hump heads, mild cam, etc. I've used Sanderson before, they seal and hold up well; but not cheap. Your thoughts please? This engine will be used in a 39 Chevy coupe. Thanks in advance. Dave 39

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I think Sanderson uses a 3/8" or 1/2" header flange on their tubular headers.
That is why they seal up so well-----they do not warp.

I am using their Q-2000 cast headers on my 454----just great, quiet, and they look real good after I had them coated.

Spark plug changes are okay---no interference, but with the thick flanges, they are buried in the hole.

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I prefer the RamHorns myself ... I think that when they are ground and smoothed ... they actually LOOK BETTER than the Sandersons ...

Just my nickel ...
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Ramshorn manifolds vs. Sanderson headers

I agree they look better, which one will work better? I've seen yours before they look great. Dave
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don't sanderson headers have step design inside them to prevent air from being pulled back into the exhaust port when let off the gas pedal ?

http://www.sandersonheaders.com/prod...products_id=67
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One of our club members purchased some cast polished stainless ram horn manifiolds from Speedway Motors . They are really sweet looking and heavy as all get out, looks like they will hold up very well. A bit pricey at about $400, but that is what a good set of Sandersons will cost you.

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Now if speedway just made those for the Y-block. Original rams horns are very expensive, if you can even find them.
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Ramshorn vs. Sanderson headers

Duece, are those the larger type Corvette manifolds? (2 1/2") How well do they work with thay engine? Dave 39
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Duece, are those the larger type Corvette manifolds? (2 1/2") How well do they work with they engine? Dave 39
They well good ... I guess ...
With that much HP in a light car ... I have more than a old man like me needs ... and seem to work well ... I have port matched them to the Fastburn heads.



I actually bought a set of S&S full length headers and bought them already coated ( $550 ) but took them off and put the RamHorns on ... They fit great and all but ... I like the RamHorns.

I have a set of RamHorns on my Roadster and decided to go the same trouble free way on my 3W ... both have the ZZ430 engine and the RamHorns works so well on the Roadster ... so I went with what has worked for me in the past.

I think the Sandersons are good too ... ( and less $$$ than the S&S true headers ) but I just do not care for the look. Just me ...

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Dave...see my reply to "block hugger headers for a street rod" by Harley Monster. Those rams horns on Deuce's look great all smoothed and chromed, and they are quieter than a tubular header with no warpage or leaks. I think tube headers get a bad rap from the cheap crap being sold with 1/4" flanges and 18-20 gauge tubing....gonna leak....gonna crack.
I bought my Sanderson's through a guy that was selling them for Nova's on Ebay, I sent him an email asking if he could get any Sanderson headers, he said yes and 2 weeks later I had a set of ceramic coated D port headers at my door.
I won't mention the price here for fear of breakin' the rules but I will try to get hold of him tomorrow and see if he's still selling them. If so I'll post the results tomorrow and you can PM me for his phone number.
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smoothed polished and chrome ram's horn manifolds are just the latest "gotta have item" for "traditional hot rods", they suck for performance when compared to any good header, but work best with your air cleaner lid flipped upside down

Larry

Disclaimer : this post is not intended to hurt anybodies feelings, but is all true except for maybe the air cleaner lid part

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smoothed polished and chrome ram's horn manifolds are just the latest "gotta have item" for "traditional hot rods", they suck for performance when compared to any good header, but work best with your air cleaner lid flipped upside down

Larry

Now that's the way to win friends and influence people .

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if I can influence somebody into not using something that wont improve performance and only gain "ooooh cool from the in crowd" I am happy to have served.

if it dont go fast, keep trying

Larry
p.s. ratrods and half assed traditional hotrods suck

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Thanks Cpt, lotta help there. Dave
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Any advice on this? this is for an early Chevy 350 built by a reputable shop 20 years ago but never run. Double hump heads, mild cam, etc. I've used Sanderson before, they seal and hold up well; but not cheap. Your thoughts please? This engine will be used in a 39 Chevy coupe. Thanks in advance. Dave 39
If it's been sitting 20 years you might want to change out the valvesprings at a minimum, personally I'd do a teardown and give it a look over-a gasket set is cheap. A frind of mine bought one that way (20 year old build) and it had wristpins that were corroded to the pistons (steel/alluminum), everything else was fine. When an engine doesn't get rotated for long periods of time the valvesprings take a set and you'll find some are weaker and shorter than others.
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