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Old 8th-July-2019, 02:27 PM   #1
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Best headers for a 4th gen 350

rebuilding a 77 concours, putting a 350 in to replace the stock 6 cyl/250.

looking for suggestions on the best fitting, reasonably priced headers (for a 17 yr old with a limited budget). i've seen a lot of reviews for parts that are published to "fit" but still require cutting or hammering to fit.

also, suggestions on should we go with stainless or painted?
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Old 10th-July-2019, 03:42 PM   #2
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loaded question. HOOKER Headers seem to fit the best. Ceramic Coated.
But they are the most pricey.

cheapier headers might be cheaper for a reason...Check local ebay listings or even CL...Maybe someone has a set that wants to unload them.
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I went through a few pairs of flowtech's, blackjacks, etc and ended up finally laying down the coin for the Hookers are few years ago. The others basically disintegrated in daily driver conditions over a few short years but fit reasonably well (as long as you don't have the big AC box on the firewall). The Hooker ceramic coated ones are holding up great.

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Agreed, the cheaper ones don't last and always had sometype of flange leak. I even double gasketed them because I hate that tick-tick noise.

I bought a set of Hookers a number of years ago and the flange is thick and better made. I know they are expensive but worth it in the long run.
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I bought coated Hookers for the 72 I'm building. I thought they were a pretty good header till I worked on a guys third gen the other day, he has coated Doug's. The Doug's fit just as well but the flange is thicker and the headers over-all are better finished.
I'll buy Doug's for the next project.
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thanks guys.

he does have factory a/c and wants to keep it. it's not going to be a race car so performance isn't the main driver, going more for looks, something nice and clean, not cast iron hanging off the sides. definitely want something that will hold up, it will be a daily driver (weather permitting), and not leak. looking at the hookers there are people complaining about plug clearance.

what about the block hugger styles? any experience with those?
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