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Headers Means Horsepower

You all know the concept of the quicker the mixture in, the quicker the exhaust out, the quicker the car down the road. Fuel injection, supercharging, turbo-charging etc take care of the inlet side of things whereas your outlet is taken care of by a good set of headers custom made for your car if your very lucky. If your not so lucky you can buy some off the shelf and receive a free education on the fun of fitting mass produced headers. Don't worry you'll get there in the end usually with a few- next time we'll do it this way.

Today I'm going to talk about the task of adding headers to your big block Dodge. There are several steps to this horsepower upgrade. Firstly I'll cover preparing your engine bay then we'll talk about unwrapping those beautiful new headers and then we'll just dive on in and fit them. Sounds easy and it is but only if you've done it once otherwise your heading into unchartered territory and without a map you're done for!

Firstly you wanna remove that bonnet of the Charger or Challenger and begin removing spark plugs and leads to follow. In fact removing anything that is going to ease your access into each side of that 440 will help you. Start unbolting the old cast iron exhaust manifolds. This will involve dropping your whole exhaust system. Very timely if it has to be done anyway. Out with the old in with the new. Now you'll be looking down on some dirty rusty studs sticking out of your heads. Maybe 3 or 4 each side. These can come out. Your new headers will come with a new set of studs, bolts, washers, nuts and gaskets. Next have a beer. You've earned it.

While enjoying that cool beer check out your new headers. They definitely are impressive when you pull them all nice and new from the box wrapped in their protective plastic. Long and sleek with perfect curves. Those dirty old cast iron heads condemned to the rubbish pile behind the garage. Next we need to dummy fit these pipes. Feed the right hand set down flange first and you'll see that it will fit in and bolt up to the head without no interference. But testing the left hand side you'll discover the starter motor steering box and header pipes all competing for the same space. This is about the time when you ask yourself whether hotrodding your muscle car was worth it. Press on.

Unbolt the starter motor. Unbolt the left hand engine mount. Lift the motor vertical one inch. Next slide the set of headers down the left side in conjunction with manoeuvring the starter motor home. Make sure your battery is disconnected. This will all seem impossible but then bingo it will all fall into place. A couple of dummy runs will determine where you place your studs in the head if you have to. Drop the motor down and bolt everything up. Crack another beer. You've earned it!


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Sweetie......You wouldn't understand.....!!

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  about 9 years ago

OMG that is you to a tee...and here I was thinking ypu just drank beer in the garage with Al

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