How much clearance is needed ? ? I have 3/16" on left side -no gasket-by grinding the lower corner off the control arm mount. The right is a different story, grinding the mount was not enough. I dimpled the tube 1/4" to get the 3/16", still no gasket, that I hope is enough.I pulled header and supported it on a block in the vise and used a copper/rawhide hammer. I'm sure I have damaged the coating but it did not crack and fall off. Brake line is closer than preferred also-1/4" at one spot- but it has the coiled protector that should act as a heat sink. These cars were not built by robots so some variation is to expected .
I called Hedman and as expected, the reply was "they should fit, don't know what else to tell you". No surprise to me, I have installed maybe 50 sets of headers over the years , mostly on pickups , and nearly all required some tweaking.