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Post by 77mali on Wed Oct 05, 2011 8:47 am

I found a PDF on the hooker site that gives directions on removal & install. On the drivers side it states to remove the mid engine-mount bolt and raise the engine about 2 inches then working from the bottom side work the header out... has anyone ever done this without an engine crane & if so how? I have the 2124HKR headers (I think)...I need to eventually get the thing out so I can repaint. It was fun trying to get it out....disconnected trans linkage, removed oil filter....almost got it out until it hit the darn brake booster...LOL. Thanks in advance.
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Post by McCauley5983 on Wed Oct 05, 2011 10:04 am

If you don't have an engine hoist you can do it with a jack a 2x4 you just have to be extremely gentle. First if you need to jack the car up or drive it up on far ramps.next if you jacked it up put a couple jackstands under the car.then take a jack and the 2x4 and place Tue 2x4 between the jack and oilpan yes you can jack the engine up by the oilpan.when your jacking The engine go from the rear of the oil pan the 2x4 is to spread the load across the pan.but don't forget to undo motor mounts or else the motor won't move. Hope this helps
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Post by Joe73 on Wed Oct 05, 2011 10:07 am

Interesting! I've changed my headers in my 73 more than a handful of times since '82. I have hookers in there now. I've never removed anything. I unbolt the 3 bolts on the collector and jack the front of the car up real high. They go right in. I do have power brakes and 4 spd. but no power steering. Dont know if that makes a difference or not. For me its a simple job.
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Post by The Dude on Wed Oct 05, 2011 10:47 am

Driver side is EASY! slides in/out from the top without a problem. Passenger side can be done a couple of ways. Mine went in from the top on my most recent one, BUT the starter was disconnected & the heater/AC box was removed. I've always done them from underneath prior to this one. Get some ramps, drive it up, pull it out from underneath. Starter will need to be removed, & it will take some maneuvering. Just make sure to move your exhaust pipes out of the way & it won't be too hard.

BTW, no need at all to jack up the engine on a 73-77 with a SBC & Hooker Headers.
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Post by Tom77 on Wed Oct 05, 2011 1:38 pm

I have headman headers and the wife and I just took three days putting in Jegs split lock bolts. I feel your pain. affraid
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Post by 77mali on Wed Oct 05, 2011 4:22 pm

Thanks very much guys for all the replies....really got me thinking and I got the thing off...thank goodness, without having to jack the engine. I thought about it some more after reading all the posts & long story short, I broke out the mini-van jack (this thing raises up about 2 feet & is rated for some serious weight). The header just fell right on the ground after enough height was reached. I had to position it so that the bottom was pointing toward the transmission & I still think that no matter what the linkage & filter have to come off first as they are some big @$$ headers. Go figure, right?
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Post by 77mali on Fri Oct 07, 2011 6:58 am

Do you guy's think they are worth saving? The other one is in similar condition. VHT paint maybe?
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Post by The Dude on Fri Oct 07, 2011 10:21 am

Good collectors, not banged up, not rotted through. I say have them blasted & get them coated.... or sand & paint if you must. One of my brothers had a good idea about bluing headers like you would a gun. Not sure how well this would turn out or how long it would last, but definitely different.
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Post by 77mali on Fri Oct 07, 2011 10:48 am

I think maybe a chimney brush might work to clean the inside. I'm going the sand & paint route I think but will try my little blaster unit to see if it does not bag them up too much. TY Dude.
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Post by oldstofty on Tue Oct 11, 2011 8:10 pm

my olds has hookers and u must jack the motor up and had to trim the one tab on the trans. 1 and 7/8s inch kinda a bi*tch
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Post by Limey SE on Wed Oct 12, 2011 3:09 am

77mali wrote:Do you guy's think they are worth saving? The other one is in similar condition. VHT paint maybe?


I WOULD SAY YES THEY ARE WORTH SAVING


http://www.g3gm.com/t3072-how-to-prep-non-coated-headers-taken-from-another-site-but-would-help-here-as-well?highlight=coating+headers


So I did the header coating by this process and I must say turned out real nice took about 3.0 hours total to do both headers

BEFORE PICS







AFTER PICS


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Post by 77mali on Wed Oct 12, 2011 6:30 am

Thanks for the link. Looks like our headers were separated at birth. Very Happy
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