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This will date me as an ancient relic for sure but here goes. Anyone remember H-O Racing Specialties Tri-Y headers? They made outstanding D-Port and Round Port versions. I ran a set on my '78 TA back in the '80s, liked their performance, ground clearance, and ease of installation. A company named Tribal Tubes attempted to re-create them 20 or so years ago but didn't last. Anyone know if there Is a source for '70 to '81 Tri-Ys these days? Thank you.
 

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That's true. I'm trying to find an option for the member named mcharg%telus.ne on his/her Exhaust Help thread. Mcharg is trying to find R.A.R.E. cast iron manifolds but is having troubles. I thought if ready made tri-ys were available, that might be of interest.
 

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H-O and Nunzi were the go to Pontiac specialists back then, and I still have their spiral and paper backed flyers they offered for their services, and parts. It was a good time for hot rodding for sure. The scales are really tipped in the wrong direction these days, but at least we now have computers, and forums like this to participate.
I remember the tri-ys in their catalogs, but never owned a set. Back then, I wuz into GTOs, and wasn't concerned about clearance. Today, for everything other than a drag car, I think the factory RA manifolds are the way to go, even if they're aftermarket. (But I will say, there's nothing like cruising with a 4 speed, and an open set of hedders. :))
I had a cheap set of 3 tubes on my 65 Goat, that seemed to be OK for clearance. Not sure if they're being produced anymore. Not great in theory, but performed OK for a street car.
 

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I most certainly remember H-O Racing Specialties, incorporated June 6, 1974, dissolved, July 1, 1998, as well as Nunzi's Automotive. Yep, I'm THAT old.
Maybe gone but NEVER forgotten.
Check out that hair and those bell-bottoms:
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One righteous '70s dude!
I lived it too...
That sure looks like an original Gen II - Best of The Best right there. (no bias, just fact :)

 

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Good ole Nunzi. I visited his shop in the 90s, and his son introduced me to him. He was getting older, but was still fun to talk to. I asked him his preference in Pontiacs, and he liked the early 60s full sized, seeing that was his era. I remember his shop was decked out like the combat zone. Chain linked wrapped the shop. There were cars inside that little place, actually stacked on top of one another. He was working in a back room, sitting on a milk crate, with-in piles of blocks and trannys. I'm sure he'ld forgotten more than I'll ever know. It wasn't too long ago, some-one posted a video of his crew, running a 63 tempest 4 cylinder, with a stick shift. Forgot the times, but it was impressive.
 

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Now you’re in my age group - 61-63 Tempest, with the “rope” (actually 3/4” diameter steel) driveshaft, and the 195ci slant 4-cyl, basically a 389 with the left bank of the engine missing. My father had a Tempest station wagon, not sure which year.
 

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...That being "tri-y" hedders? Are they available? Does anyone own an NOS set they wanna part with? Will some-one build them, for a nominal price? Or, is it better, to just purchase a set of aftermarket RA manifolds? Who knows?
(Only the Shadow knows.):)
 

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If you found a loaner set to copy it would not be cheap.To do it right you need to make a jig first and THEN use the jig to make a set.Custom out west here now are a couple thousand dollars.Built on the car closer to $3000.Tom
 
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