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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old Aug 8th, 19, 10:29 PM Thread Starter
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Header Reccomendation

I am planning on reusing my 30 year old Hooker Competition headers on the new build. It's a .060" over 454, 10.5:1, ported/polished steel 702 heads, 850 Holley, 0.540"/0.560" lift and 242/248 duration at .050".

The headers have 2" tubes with 3.5" collectors. Is this still a good header to use? I am going tomorrow to see if they can be ceramic coated. They are in good shape except for a fair amount of surface rust.

If these can't be coated, can someone recommend a full length, ceramic coated header that fits good. The car will have a stock ride height, PS, T400 and a Vintage Air compressor.

Thx in advance.

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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old Aug 8th, 19, 10:59 PM
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Re: Header Reccomendation

I used to have those Hooker Comp headers on my car a few years ago. When I took it to the track the car went so-so. I switched to a set of the 1 3/4" tube headers and the car picked up .3 tenths and 2 mph, needless to say I was surprised so I sold the Hooker Comps. Now I am building a 468 similar to your and I have a set of Hooker Super Comps that are 2" tubes, if this set does the same then I will add some merge collectors to get the tq. It may loose. I am sure that what happened with the Comps back then.
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These should work well for you:
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I have those headers. Not a track car, but they fit well. Oil filter is very tight during removal. Drivers side does hang a little lower.
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I am planning on reusing my 30 year old Hooker Competition headers on the new build. It's a .060" over 454, 10.5:1, ported/polished steel 702 heads, 850 Holley, 0.540"/0.560" lift and 242/248 duration at .050".

The headers have 2" tubes with 3.5" collectors. Is this still a good header to use? I am going tomorrow to see if they can be ceramic coated. They are in good shape except for a fair amount of surface rust.

If these can't be coated, can someone recommend a full length, ceramic coated header that fits good. The car will have a stock ride height, PS, T400 and a Vintage Air compressor.

Thx in advance.

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I have the same headers on my ss396 Chevelle, from 2005, ceramic coated. Sound and power are perfect. Very nasty and cool sounding. With 3 inch exhaust and flowmasters, the big cam sound at idle and WOT sound cannot be beat. There is some clearance issue that might require a dimple with the steering shaft. Big oil filter -- no problem....

The biggest issue is the ground clearance. They are not made for lowered cars. My Chevelle is lowered about 1.5 inches and speed bumps are a big issue. The lowest pipe on the drivers side has a flat spot from hitting, you can see it in the pic. I plan to change them out soon. I cannot stand how low they hang. I hope I do not mess up the sound, because they sound unbelievably great with my cam. Check pics.

PS. In this forum, a lot of people are happy with the thicker flange Hedman 2". They tuck up nice and tight. I am planning to try those next.






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post #6 of 11 (permalink) Old Aug 25th, 19, 5:06 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Header Reccomendation

Thx everyone. I got mine coated and picked them up Friday. Can someone recommend a good quality header gasket to go between the Hooker Competition headers and the cast iron heads?

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SCE copper gaskets are good.
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post #8 of 11 (permalink) Old Aug 31st, 19, 9:29 AM Thread Starter
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Thx Brad.

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post #9 of 11 (permalink) Old Aug 31st, 19, 11:50 AM
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Re: Header Reccomendation

I'm impressed that the headers were still in good shape after 30 years!

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Summit carries copper header gaskets

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post #11 of 11 (permalink) Old Aug 31st, 19, 2:23 PM
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Can someone recommend a good quality header gasket to go between the Hooker Competition headers and the cast iron heads?
If the flanges are flat Hi Temp RTV works good.

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