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The exhaust on my 1972 is shot and would like to go with headers when I replace the stock stuff its a small block SS what loks and fits the best? Is it worth paying the extra for coated headers? I know the Jet Hot stuff holds uo great but its pricey.....
 

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I spent almost $700 on my headers alone. Hooker super comp ceramic coated. They are larger than normal, and for a big block, but I have to say I am pretty disapointed with them. They have light rust showing through near the flange. They did look good when new, but I am not sure what you would need to do to keep them looking that way. As far as the rest of the system, I have flowmasters, and had a muffler shop plumb the 3" alumanized pipe, it was cheaper and they said it would not rust like stainless eventually would.
 

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I bought a pair of jet hot coated headers in January of 07. They are already rusting with big flakes by the collectors. When I do it again I will go with Stainless Steel headers. No worries about rust and they will last forever. The rest of my exhaust is stainless and looks really good. The only thing that doesn't is the welds to hold the tips is starting to rust a little.
 

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I was thinking about sand blasting my headers and having them powder coated. Has anyone had any experience (good or bad) with this? Its a lot of work and if it is going to end up looking like it does now why bother.
 

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I have had 4 sets of powder coated headers and after a few months have been disappointed with the coating. Now I will either buy stainless or just get the mild steel and spray them with the high temp vht. I have a buddy that used the vht and it looks good and actually has stayed lookin good after almost a year.
 

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I have had a set of Dougs Tri-Y headers on my 350 for at least 10 years. Originally came with a cheap nickel (looks chrome) plating. Within 2 or 3 years they started to rust. I took them off & had Airborne in OKC blast & ceramic coat (inside & out) them. They still look great. I believe that today you can buy a set from Dougs that is already ceramic coated, but they are spendy.

The driver side header was a pain to install, but they fir & work well. I'd get another set if needed.

Some one asked about powder coating - In general it won't stand up to the heat in a set of headers. Ceramic coating is not powder coating.
 

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Huge believer in the coatings, they reduce heat a good amount. Once the motor is shut off they cool down fairly quick. If it saves the starter and keeps the knuckles from getting burned its good enough for me.
Some mfrs coat only on the outside, some in and out.
 

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When I got my 64 El Camino four years ago it came with ceramic coated headers. Not sure what brand but I haven't touched them once and they've held up okay so far with very little signs of rust. And this is after sitting in an unheated garage through 4 cold midwest winters. I'll have to flip through my paperwork to see what brand they are.
 

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Great timing on this subject guys! I was thinking about pulling my headers and getting them powder coated this weekend. I think I will wait, buy ceramic headers and do it right ONE TIME!
 

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I bought a pair of jet hot coated headers in January of 07. They are already rusting with big flakes by the collectors. When I do it again I will go with Stainless Steel headers. No worries about rust and they will last forever. The rest of my exhaust is stainless and looks really good. The only thing that doesn't is the welds to hold the tips is starting to rust a little.
Did you buy your headers directly from Jet Hot or send a set to them to be coated? If you didn't do either of those, then your coating is probably not the Jet Hot Sterling coating. The reason I ask is that I've heard lots of people say Jet Hot (which is a company) when they just mean their headers are coated. I've never heard of a set of Jet Hot coated headers rusting or flaking caused by normal heating and cooling. Any coating is prone to being scraped off, but the worst I've heard about the Jet Hot coating is that you get some discoloration over time.
 

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Straight from Jet Hot. They said they would recoat them for free, but That means I need to pull my engine, which just isn't going to happen right now. Maybe this fall.
 

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Heres photo's of my Hooker Sterling Jet Hot headers on my 71s 402, one side shows what happens when you try to wipe header with one of those micro -fiber towels while it still hot
they have about 3k miles of driving time on them


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I have a set of Dynomax Ceramic coated headers on my chevelle for 4 yrs now and they still look great. Mty brother has the same headers on his chevelle for about 8 yrs and they are still in great shape just need a little polishing to bring the shine back but no rust. both of these cars are garaged and get less than 1000 miles per year
 

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I've got coated hookers on my S.B. been on there for almost 7 years ...
they're not as shinny as they were NEW .... but no rust or flaking

the BEST coating by far is jet hot .... got it on the dune buggy's headers & they get Sand Blasted all the time .... an the coating is still looking GREAT !!
 
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