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i was wondering what the best way to dent a header tube for clearance is? do you heat it with a torch, just use a hammer or what? my headers are currently in the car and to remove them would require me to lift the engine again which i really dont want to do! the car is an 88 mustang with a 460 in it, the headers are hooker super comp and #7(i believe) header tube is hitting the steering shaft and everything is tighter then hell so its not anything easy to do but ive spent three days on it so far and id like to get it done tonight
 

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A few years back I had the same problem on a 85 mustang where the tube was rubbing the steering shaft. What I did was cut a piece of wood that fit between the tube and the block fairly tight, then with the wheel off I used a narrow piece of wood like a 2x2 and placed it against the shaft right where it hit the tube on the otherside of the shaft and then I gently taped the shaft into the tube just enough to make a perfect imprint in the tube, You have to have the piece of wood behind the tube to do it, once you takeout the wood the tube has a perfect grove for the shaft to clear....Bob
 

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thanks bob!
 

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Aaron,
i had the same problem with my super comps for my t-bird(460). the headers are junk. not only does the tube hit the shaft,but wait until you try to put an exhaust pipe up to the drivers headder. the collector is about 1" away from the trans x-member and sits about 3/4" over it so there is no way to put the pipe on it. i sold mine and got a set from probe(3/4 length) and solved all my problems. hooker sucks. when i called them they said their headders were perfect and that my car is bent thats why they don't fit.hooker sucks ass.
 

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While in the midst of doing 'that stuff' at home, I've always used a little propane torch and a 'persuader' bar. Different lengths/sizes, depending on what had to be 'tweaked'.
I'm sure wood is much more 'understanding' than pry bars. Sounds like a helluva good idea/suggestion. (now I gotta find some wood)
 

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On 2002-02-14 07:59, drag79stang wrote:
(now I gotta find some wood)
That may be a little tough to do at your age, try Viagra!
 

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I got a junk e-mail from a place offering Viagra for $7.50 each pill(cheaper than the $10 norm). My wife would kill me if I bought some. I'm too active as it is
 

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I just tried to find that e-mail which I deleted but it is totally deleted. Sorry, I thought was going to save you some cash. Maybe they'll send me another e-mail sometime that I can foreward to you. I just hope they don't come out with Viagra for women or I'll be in trouble and have to buy me some Viagra to keep up.
 

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On 2002-02-14 07:57, fordguy wrote:
Aaron,
i had the same problem with my super comps for my t-bird(460). the headers are junk. not only does the tube hit the shaft,but wait until you try to put an exhaust pipe up to the drivers headder. ....hooker sucks. when i called them they said their headders were perfect and that my car is bent thats why they don't fit.hooker sucks ass.
I agree, I bought headers to fit on my stock set-up in my 1970 Bronco. After consulting their "specialist" I buy the headers and install them and find the tube rubs on the clutch fork. Then I call them and they tell me it may require slight modification with manual transmissions...After having to put a 1/2 inch divot in the header they clear, but up front data would have been nice.
 
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