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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 07-11-2009, 06:25 PM Thread Starter
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any idea's on headers

I've got the most beautiful 63 Impala, 327 4 speed all factory orig. I'm sixty years old and this is my 4th 63. I have never had one with headers and promised myself this car would be a hot rod, what the heck, ..only go around once..do you guys have any ideas on what brand to get...thanks bob
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 07-11-2009, 07:56 PM
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From my experience Hooker made the best competition headers but Headman made the best fitting ones when it was time to cap it up and go home.

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post #3 of 12 (permalink) Old 07-12-2009, 12:36 AM
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I have to agree with Big Dave I have Headman on my 400sb but they are the Headman thermal coated headers they have been the best ones I have used yet.

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you won't go wrong with 'Hedman' thermal coated headers.

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Another bump for hedman, I've had 2 sets so far (thermal-elite and non thermal) and have been satisfied each time.

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post #6 of 12 (permalink) Old 07-12-2009, 11:19 AM Thread Starter
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I have been leaning towards hedmanns thanks guys
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post #7 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-02-2009, 05:40 AM
 
 
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i have been using headers from hookers from long. they seem to be there very well till now. about a year has past and still like new
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Maybe its just me but my coating is falling off. Not happy with them!
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Maybe its just me but my coating is falling off. Not happy with them!
I have had my Headman thermal coated headers since 04 still looks almost like the day I bought them. Also it was a daily driver for a few years and I am running about 425 to 427 HP. Also what brand are you running and what coating is on them? If it is just a painted one then yes the coating comes off after a while.

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I have had my Headman thermal coated headers since 04 still looks almost like the day I bought them. Also it was a daily driver for a few years and I am running about 425 to 427 HP. Also what brand are you running and what coating is on them? If it is just a painted one then yes the coating comes off after a while.
Hedman Ceramic Thermal Coating and they started to bubble a little and after more use starting to rust and peel coating. Two years old maybe a 100 miles max.
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Hedman Ceramic Thermal Coating and they started to bubble a little and after more use starting to rust and peel coating. Two years old maybe a 100 miles max.
Wow I have had mine for a while 35,000 miles on mine. I know some ceramic people they said if a header is not properly done it will do that cause of hand oil contamination or improper baking it is a number of ways it could happen. Have you driven in snow with it? Also headman has lifetime warranty send them back and get new ones. I had the regular ones and they cracked on the rear tubes so I upgraded to the Elite thermal coated cause the gauge tubing was thicker had no problems since.

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I'm gonna bump this up for some more input...
I have a '59 and just pulled the motor to build a 383. I had the Sanderson Cast Iron exhaust manifolds on it and planned to use them on the 383. Alas, once I got them off... I noticed they are cracked, both of them. They've never been too hot, the cracks are in the exact same spot on both, so I'm guessing they were a bad casting. They are more than 5 years old, so Sanderson won't do anything about them.
That said.... I'm torn between a set of tube shorty's to replace them, or a set of full length headers. If full length, I'll most likely use the Hedman Elite ones-- http://www.summitracing.com/parts/hed-68238

Only real concern with the full length ones is fitment. I HATE wrestling with ill-fitting headers. I know the shorty's will fit...and as a plus they may bolt up to my existing exhaust.

While I'm asking... anybody know if these will clear the pass. side dipstick on a newer block?
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