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Old 10-24-2009, 06:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Steel hood exit headers..?

I've conversed with DEC in Ohio and like their products/attitude. They use aluminized tube. Anyone know of an outfit that markets or routinely fabricates headers made of steel and designed to exit the hood?
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Old 10-24-2009, 06:25 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I always thought aluminized was steel with a aluminum coating of some kind to prevent corrosion. You might try schoenfield i think they make through the hood headers but i've heard they are pretty expensive.
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Old 10-24-2009, 06:57 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Yeah, on the material, need to check on specifics including thicknesses.

http://www.schoenfeldheaders.com/truck-tractor.htm

This is probably what I'm looking at. Thing is I think I want to keep the collector exit down near the hoodline, (fullsize Chevy truck with fiberglass front end and hood). I may end up using a spark arrestor setup at times which would add more to the height. I'll bet if I asked Schoenfeld to place the collector as low as possible down near where the primaries come together, they'd probably ask for an extra 100 or just deny it.

DEC seemed very flexible on these issues and not wanting an arm and a leg to customize the thing. Schoenfeld is familiar to me from years back, price for the above headers seems reasonable enought. I was thinking 1.75 primaries with a 3" collector would be best but both companies prefer the 3.5 collector with only 1.75 primaries. DEC said they'd charge something like $5 to dimple the 3" so they fit the 1.75 pris..
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Several of us run the big block Ford uprights from schoenfeld and love em. Just had to modify the brake booster setup and the steering shaft between the column and box. But other than that we are happy with them. I'd buy another set again before I buy anything the quality is top notch. I've heard of a few guys sending back their DEC's when they got them because they said the quality was crappy looked like a 3rd grader welded them. Though this is what I hear I haven't personally looked at any myself.
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yeah i built mine myself, used the alumized tubing, had some flanges plasma cut out of some 3/8" plate, took a look at some of the schoenfield bbf headers my buddies are running and they turned out well. But yeah i had to modify the brake booster and steering shaft for everything to work properly.
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I used the schoenfeld tractor pulls on my old ford and like what was stated above you need to modify brake booster and steering shaft. Also make sure you get some bake on paint for them so that they do not get rusty.
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Old 10-25-2009, 04:43 PM   #7 (permalink)
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i have got the dec's and have no problem with them, i have sense got them the for at least 5 other trucks here in mn and they all love them, for the price you can't go wrong!
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