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Registered: 12-2008

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Here's a review on Spitfire Headers

- Spitefire headers (479-650-9989 Harold Johnson). It took about 3 weeks to get them and then I had them coated at Performance Coatings Plus in Joplin, MO (417-439-0546) (tell them I sent you please)


These are shorty headers, the finish and fit was pretty good. They have a 2.5" output/collector. They come with flanges but they don't put them on because they aren't sure how you are going to attach them and what clearance issues you may have so we just had the muffler guy put them on for us but we actually had him put them not on the headers but on the extension he put on the headers to get them just under the car and pointing back, where normal flanges go. We put the passenger side on and left it on when we dropped the motor in the the car so there is plenty of room on the passenger side. We used a 90degree oil filter adapter and pointed towards the front of the car and just slightly up. We left it a little loose until we got it in the car and made sure it cleared the steering linkage, etc and then tightened it up.


The driver side had to be put on after the motor was installed because it's much tighter with the started, searing box, etc. It's very tight but it goes in, we did have to pull the valve cover to give us a little more room but that isn't a problem. The only thing I didn't like about the driver side is that is dumped pretty much right over the torsion bar so the exhaust/muffler guy had his work cut out for him but he was able to make it work. If they would moved the angle of where it dumped in just and inch it would have been a breeze but then I think you may run into clearance issue with the stock starter, kick-down linkage and column shift linkage but we aren't using any of that so we had room there. but like I said the exhaust/muffler guy made it work, just had to test some of his craftsmanship. (the angle of this picture make it look like it's hitting the color on the steering shaft but it isn't, it's just close.)


Here is a front shot and then another one with the valve covers on and a few other things.


Here are links to higher resolution images if you want a closer look:
Wade Metzinger - 918-809-0987
1966 Cuda Street (dad's car) project
1968 Cuda Street/Strip (wife's car)
1971 Cuda drag car (my car)

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