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#1 User is offline   whippy 

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Posted 20 March 2013 - 03:31 AM

Hi guys i have a 400 sbc in my 79 firebird can any one help me out with what headers i can fit in there.. i have a set on at the moment but they had to cut the first pipe and reweld it looks like crap was too close to the stearing rod to the box thanks

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Posted 20 March 2013 - 04:09 AM

Try Hooker Headers part number 16520
These are for Firebird/Camaro' s with 400SBC applications

Hope that helps Steve...

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Posted 20 March 2013 - 05:05 AM

Headman Headers do them too, check out Summit Racing on the net. Some are better than others as you know, and I reckon most went in with more brute force and barked knuckles than the makers ever thought but there you go!

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Posted 20 March 2013 - 07:15 PM

View Postjules455, on 20 March 2013 - 05:05 AM, said:

Headman Headers do them too, check out Summit Racing on the net. Some are better than others as you know, and I reckon most went in with more brute force and barked knuckles than the makers ever thought but there you go!

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hi jules I need the headers not the pipes. thanks

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Headman Headers do them too, check out Summit Racing on the net. Some are better than others as you know, and I reckon most went in with more brute force and barked knuckles than the makers ever thought but there you go!

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Posted 20 March 2013 - 08:45 PM

Whippy, Jules is talking about the headers and not the pipes he told you correctly. Heddman is very good stuff! As far as Gen 1 SBC its a great bang for the buck!
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Posted 20 March 2013 - 10:06 PM

Thanks i looked up the hooker part number and all i got was pipes

is there a part number for headman please so i can look em up thanks

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Posted 20 March 2013 - 11:25 PM

If you check out www.jegs.com
They have Headman Headers listed as part number500-61278
You call summit and quote the same number and it won't mean anything.
Your best bet is to tell either Summit, Jegs, PAW, or any other supplier that you need a set of Headers for a second generation Firebird with a 400 SBC and the year and they will send you what you want as the part numbers will vary according to how their warehouses list them.
Are you having trouble sourcing parts for your car from sources in Australia...they sold more Camaros And Firebirds there than they did in the UK....and I know at least four places in England to go to get them, two are just up the road from me.

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Posted 20 March 2013 - 11:46 PM

Hi Jules thanks m8 parts here cost heaps is cheaper to buy from the USA and my car is right hand drive ...the headers i have come from a rod shop interstate i told them what i had and thats what they sent but the drivers side did not fit due to the steering arm .....so thats why im asking to see what the headers look like for a chev into pontiac

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 09:22 PM

Maybe a longshot but Holdens are all Chevy powered...and R/H drive...are there any headers sets available for any Holden models, early Monaro or full size Holden models floor plans that are similar shape to Firebird you could adapt as any Headers you buy from the States are going to have the steering box on the opposite side of course, but usually the different pipe bends make their way around the starter motors which I've always removed if the install was done from under the car, but I don't remember having much clearance anywhere. A few pairs I've had to bash a bit to get them in...with a bit of swearing thrown in!

Early Corvette small block cast iron manifolds were a rams horn configuration and were a good design...they might work, but again...expensive and rare...I'd hate to tell you to go buy your headers from the States only to find they dont fit. Any chance you could send us a photo of the engine bay and some measurements from the steering arm and box to the block and a measurement from the brake servo to the cylinder head back end please?

Another thing to do is phone around a few Australian car clubs and ask if their members have had a similar issue with Right hand drive Camaro and Firebirds. You also have Australian and New Zealand Hot rodders mags...they might have some articles in their archives in previous " how to" articles.

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Posted 25 March 2013 - 08:07 PM

That's how I'd go about it too, find headers from an HQ with 350, already modified for RHD and chev. Holdens only had Chevs between 1968 and 1973 (307/327/350) before the more recent LS engines. You could even heavily modify the headers to fit for much less than another engine manufacturer, such is the popularity of Chevs in early models. The Aussie header brands are often RHD friendly, or know which will fit.

http://www.ebay.com....=item2a1b700bb7

http://www.ebay.com....=item4aaffe1b1b

http://www.ebay.com....=item19cc55a442
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Posted 25 March 2013 - 10:16 PM

Thanks guys for the info the guy building my motor has a set of HQ headers so i can try them when i take the car down to fit the motor

the second link i dont think they will fit
the third pic is what i have now the 1st pipe and 3rd pipe had to be cut and rewelded

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Posted 24 June 2013 - 05:20 PM

what dd you go with I have issue getting headers to fit my 79 firebird with a 455
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View Postwhippy, on 20 March 2013 - 03:31 AM, said:

Hi guys i have a 400 sbc in my 79 firebird can any one help me out with what headers i can fit in there.. i have a set on at the moment but they had to cut the first pipe and reweld it looks like crap was too close to the stearing rod to the box thanks

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got the headman headers for the 79 firebird and they didnt fit due to the cross member about 3 inches to short
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