im sure this topic has been thrown around a few times but i need advice on what headers fit well for a 68 firebird. anyone have experience with a good fitting set, or bad, they would like to share? I know theres several brands that perform well but I also need a set that has good fit.
plus, anyone have advice on what starter fits well with the headers?
Pontiac 400 TH400 auto trans power steering power brakes
I used to be indecisive. Now I'm not sure. I feel like I am diagonally parked in a parallel universe. 1968 400 convertible (Scarlet) 1976 T/A - 455 SE (No Burt) 1968 400 coupe - R/A clone (Blue Pearl) (for sale) 1968 350 - 4 speed 'vert - 400 clone (the Beast!) 1968 350 convertible - Wife's car now- 400 clone (Aleutian Blue) (Blue Angel) 2008 Durango - DD 2008 GXP - New one from NH is AWESOME! 2017 Durango Citadel - Modern is nice! HEMI is amazing! 1998 Silverado Z71 - Father-daughter project 1967 326 convertible - Sold 1980 T/A SE Bandit - Sold
If I had to do it again, I'd just get the factory long branch manifolds as mentioned. They're a little expensive, but are comparable to what you'd pay for a good set of tuned ceramic coated headers. I think it was Jim Hand that did a header comparison test and found the LBM performed close to or as good as a tuned header.
I have a 69 400 with Hedman Headers [mid-grade] and they perform well but I have to be careful when traversing a speed bump. They route the left tube lower to provide more starter clearance.
Both Hooker super-comp and Doug's headers are considered top brands and as expected, the most expensive.
Doug's Headers here. Pricey but they fit the engine compartment well and tuck up under the floor completely (they do not hang lower that the subframe). No clearance problems with steering, suspension, or the oil filter. I had heard enough over the years not to even consider an OEM starter motor so I can't speak to that clearance issue. I have a high-torque mini-starter.
With the ceramic coating they look like automotive eye-candy too.
2012 Mustang Boss 302 #1918, Competition Orange. FGF replacement 2006 Mustang V6 Pony, Vista Blue. Factory ordered. 2019 BMW X3 (Titled to the wife, but I'm always driving it for her. So I'm claiming it) Old projects, gone but not forgotten: 1967 FB 400, original CA car. After 22 years of work, trashed by the guy who was supposed to paint it. I had to sell it. 1980 Turbo Trans Am 1970 Mustang fastback, 351C 4Bbl, auto 1988 Mustang GT, 5 speed 1983 F-150 4x4, built 302 1994 Chevy K2500 HD 4x4, 454 TBI