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Proper Headers for a 350 SBC on a 51 Chevrolet / 78 Camaro Clip
#1393373 Tue Jan 19 2021 02:48 PM
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I am installing a 78 Camaro front clip on my 51 Chevrolet 3100 and I am wondering if anyone has experience with the best headers to fit that setup? I understand that the front clip might not make any difference, but I'm still learning and I also understand that there could be some modifying and bending involved no matter which way I go, but I figured that I would ask.

What headers best fit a 350 small block Chevy on a 51 Chevrolet 3100 with a 78 Camaro front clip (second series)?

Thank you guys!


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Re: Proper Headers for a 350 SBC on a 51 Chevrolet / 78 Camaro Clip
ColbyG #1393391 Tue Jan 19 2021 04:59 PM
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Header design and fit questions open up a whole can of worms. Unless you're running some sort of custom exhaust system with equal-length header tubes from each cylinder tuned for a specific power gain at an RPM range most street engines never see, headers of any kind just make a fashion statement when the hood is open. They also increase the under-hood temperature and noise level, and roast spark plug wires. Pick whatever looks good to you, and put up with the problems they create. I believe I could outrun anyone who wanted to GIVE me a set of headers for street use. Cast iron exhaust manifolds with the outlet near the firewall on both sides make the most sense for pre-1955 trucks that originally came equipped with a stovebolt six, and until very high RPM ranges are encountered, there won't be a measurable difference in power on a dyno run.
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Re: Proper Headers for a 350 SBC on a 51 Chevrolet / 78 Camaro Clip
ColbyG #1393403 Tue Jan 19 2021 07:08 PM
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Usually, the problem happens because of steering. I put in an '86 TPI out of a Corvette, which had the Corvette huggers already on them. I welded up the air injection bungs, and had to pie cut one collector to clear the front crossmember. I believe companies like Sanderson Headers make a hugger specifically for a Camaro clip. I just saved a few bucks by modifying an OEM manifold. My goal isn't to try to beat Jerry in a race, but to cruise to the place where I can watch the race. Actually, my goal is to get the carbon monoxide behind me and not seeping in to the cab!

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Re: Proper Headers for a 350 SBC on a 51 Chevrolet / 78 Camaro Clip
ColbyG #1393407 Tue Jan 19 2021 07:17 PM
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I would just use a header that works with the Camaro clip. If you are using the motor mounts original to the clip you should have any clearance issues.


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Re: Proper Headers for a 350 SBC on a 51 Chevrolet / 78 Camaro Clip
ColbyG #1393896 Sat Jan 23 2021 04:57 PM
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The “ shorty “ style gives you a lot more flexibility than the long tube type.
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Re: Proper Headers for a 350 SBC on a 51 Chevrolet / 78 Camaro Clip
ColbyG #1393955 Sun Jan 24 2021 12:11 AM
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I just put up some shorty headers in the for sale section smile


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Re: Proper Headers for a 350 SBC on a 51 Chevrolet / 78 Camaro Clip
ColbyG #1393962 Sun Jan 24 2021 12:54 AM
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My experience with this is that I have owned a 2nd gen Camaro, and used Hedman 68600 shorty style headers, they worked great, plenty of clearance.


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