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Old 21st-August-2009, 05:35 PM   #1
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62-65 Fenderwell Headers

What's up everyone!!! I got a 63 with a V8 small block chevy. I just picked up some used fenderwell headers for 100 bucks in pretty good condition. I was wondering how do i install these?? Where exactly do i cut out the fenders?? Are there any templates available or websites that show you how to install them?? Does anyone have pictures?? I also need pics of the way the header goes inside the fenderwell hooking up to the exaust. Thanks

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Old 21st-August-2009, 06:02 PM   #2
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This is the best picture I have of mine. I set mine in and then dropped in the motor. The hole as you can see is the entire length from the shock tower back to the firewall and I'd say about 8-10" tall however, I don't think the hole needs to be quite that big. The collectors are very long as they meet the primary tubes inside the fender and turn under the car by about 6".
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Old 21st-August-2009, 06:23 PM   #3
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Nice looking motor. Thanks for that pic. Do i have to remove or lift up the engine to put the headers on??
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...... Do I have to remove or lift up the engine to put the headers on??
It depends on what is in the way on the drivers side. Like a Master Cylinder and Brake lines.

When I installed my Hooker Fenderwells I had to move the TEE where the Brake lines attach to go to the drivers front wheel. It takes time to move things and cut the metal out.

If done right the ENGINE can stay put. I remember putting mine in with the hood off. Then I started with collector going in first then twisting them around almost in a full circle. Then aligning the head flange up horizontal and sliding it down. NO SPARK PLUGS in the head.

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Old 21st-August-2009, 11:14 PM   #5
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I'm not sure about installing them with the motor in. I put them in before the motor went in, and they never came out until I sold the motor. I'd say to use good gaskets and re-torque them regularly.
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How big or what size do i cut out the holes for the headers to go through the fenders?? onebadtwo looks like he had to cut a pretty size out. I dont know even where to start cutting
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these two pics should give you and idea. from the top down about half way is where I cut for my hooker fenderwells. And yes they can be installed with the motor in the car.


drivers side


passenger side. Here we had to cut alittle more for big block headers(which suck BTW)
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Thanks 6nova4 for those pics. that will really help me out. What should i use to cut the fenders?? Can i use a dremel tool?? Here are the headers i bought for only 100 bucks on Craigslist. I dont know what brand they are but I cleaned them up really good threw on some VHT High Temp primer and High Temp flat black paint. Here is a before and after shot of the headers. Has anyone ever used VHT High Temp paint for there headers?? It says to put them in the oven but mine dont fit in the oven. What happens if you dont bake them??
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Old 23rd-August-2009, 12:26 AM   #9
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My Hooker Super Comps don't look like that! I have used the VHT on headers but I sanded them to bare metal and laid them in the sun until they were too hot to touch. I then rubbed 2 coats of a product called ospho and let them sit in the sun again. Then I finally hit them with 2 coast of the VHT paint. They were good as new for atleast 6 months on a daily driver.
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Was it hard to get those coil overs in the front end. What ones are you using?
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Here's a link to the instructions for the Hooker Fenderwell's - http://www.holley.com/data/Products/...al/2214HKR.pdf
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can you post pics of the coil over set up you do have in your car?

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look like doug thorley headers,they fit good
heres some pics. of husler headers i just got.
with that set the #8 pri. tube is not right in the way to hookup the heater hoses on the firewall,hookers are in the way of the heater pipes comeing into the engine compartment i ran those dougs on my 63 ss/ fit great plus the stock heater works with no mods to the heater nipples pm me and i will tell you what you need to do to get them on the easy way.the hole for them, were to cut,the beast way to run your brake lines.theres more to it than just bolting them on,the alt.bracket for long/short water pump ect. ect. its worth it in the long run.better than under chassis headers IMO no burned spark plug wires unlike under chassis headers. PEACE
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