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Post by aeilenstein on Wed Jun 20, 2012 8:52 pm

Hey, guys. I have replaced my exhaust manifolds with headers on my 77 El Camino, and cannot fit my K-frame braces around the headers. What's the level of importance to have these connected? They seem like very sturdy metal, not like those fender braces under the hood that run to the cowl. Thanks for your help! I'm sure this has been discussed many times.

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Post by 77ElClassic on Wed Jun 20, 2012 10:16 pm

I have a 77 Elky w/ headers. I'm not quite sure what you are referring to by K frame braces. If you are referring to the tube steel tubing that bolts on the frame rails at the bends under the firewall, I had mine removed years ago with no issues. I did have some custom ones made that have a curve to fit around the headers, but have yet to put them on.
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Post by pila on Thu Jun 21, 2012 2:24 pm

Yeah, my '77 Elco had them off for years, after the header install. Not sure it's a good idea, but it didn't seem to be a problem. My current Elco project has them on, since they aren't in the way. No headers.....just manifolds on the Caddy engine.
And I have an extra pair of those braces if anyone wants them.

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Post by Joe73 on Thu Jun 21, 2012 2:47 pm

Mine have also been off since the 80's without a problem. Did loads of racing without them and no issues either. I think if you put on shorty headers you can keep those braces. Just a thought.
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Post by 77mali on Thu Jun 21, 2012 5:27 pm

For what it's worth, never even heard of them but if they were "heavy" they must serve some purpose. Is this a "Big block" thing?
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Post by Joe73 on Thu Jun 21, 2012 7:15 pm

There not real heavy and definitely not a big block thing. I've had 8 73's and they all had them.
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Post by aeilenstein on Thu Jun 21, 2012 8:51 pm

Thanks for the reassurance, guys.

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Post by 1973 454 MONTE on Thu Jun 21, 2012 10:20 pm

I've had 22,73-77montes. They all had them.
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