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Old 04-07-06, 01:49PM   #1
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Default Headers for a '68 w/ 400 + manual

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Anyone have experience or thoughts on headers for a 400 in a '68 Firebird with a manual transmission and powere steering? Will be instlled with the engine out of the car, slipping them in as a complet eunit into the subframe ... when the time comes.

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Old 04-08-06, 12:20AM   #2
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no problems with hooker super comps on my bird, i have a manual box but there's plenty of room
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Old 04-08-06, 09:33AM   #3
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Do any of them clear the rod that goes upto the column for the reverse lights?
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Old 04-16-06, 01:36AM   #4
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In the late 70's,I put my first set of headers on a 68 Bird that came from the factory with a 326-4speed. The Hooker headers hit the steering box. 23 years later, I get back in the hobby with a different 68 Bird,thinking surely by now Hooker has solved this problem. Not a chance. They hit exactly the way they did back then. I did not use super comps that mb125 suggested,but both of mine had power steering like yours and mb125 has manual,so take this for what its worth. I ended up going with Dougs Headers and rack & pinion. The thought of heating up my 3rd set of Hookers with a torch so I can put a dent in big enough to clear the box made me sick. If you ever see me getting hauled out of a car show in handcuffs, its because I ran into a Hooker Header representative. Sorry, just needed to vent. Unfortunately, I can't tell you if the Dougs would have worked with the steering box because of the rack & pinion unit, but I do know the other ones didn't for either of mine. I'm sure someone at PZ knows this answer.
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I put the hooker headers on my 68 firebird,400engine,muncie 4sp with power steering and they fit fine.I had no clearance problems.They are the reg hooker headers not the super comps.
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Do you happen to know what model or part number your installed?

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Old 04-23-06, 09:45PM   #7
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I bought them from jegs for 182.99.
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Old 04-24-06, 06:30PM   #8
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In the late 70's,I put my first set of headers on a 68 Bird that came from the factory with a 326-4speed. The Hooker headers hit the steering box. 23 years later, I get back in the hobby with a different 68 Bird,thinking surely by now Hooker has solved this problem. Not a chance. They hit exactly the way they did back then. I did not use super comps that mb125 suggested,but both of mine had power steering like yours and mb125 has manual,so take this for what its worth. I ended up going with Dougs Headers and rack & pinion. The thought of heating up my 3rd set of Hookers with a torch so I can put a dent in big enough to clear the box made me sick. If you ever see me getting hauled out of a car show in handcuffs, its because I ran into a Hooker Header representative. Sorry, just needed to vent. Unfortunately, I can't tell you if the Dougs would have worked with the steering box because of the rack & pinion unit, but I do know the other ones didn't for either of mine. I'm sure someone at PZ knows this answer.

Sounds like you got a set that had been sitting on the shelf.
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Old 05-02-06, 01:14AM   #9
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Sounds like someone stuck some Hedman's in a Hooker box...
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Here are a few pics with the hooker super comps on my 68 with a manual steering box
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Do they offset the engine in the engine bay on the 1st gen Firebirds like they do on Big Block Camaros and Novas? The Offset raises the drivers side by like 1/2" and drops the passenger side by about 1/2". From what I've heard this was so you could get a pair of headers in! Just so you all don't feel to picked on the Nova guys still have a heck of a time getting headers on their BBC cars without denting them!
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I use Super Comp, Hookers on 2 of my birds with no clearance issues.
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I just installed a set of headman 4 ????? on my 69 and the only issue was I had to remove the rod and bracket for the reverse lights.
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