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    I wanted to use exhaust manifolds but couldn't find anything that would fit on either side. I started by using some "stainless" headers that came with my engine, I cut up one and reshaped it to fit the passenger side. I warped the flange pretty good and then I checked it with a magnet and it was plain steel with a chrome finish. So I bought some stainless U bends and header flanges and started over. I bolted the flanges to a 4 inch piece of square tubing, this time no warping. I used some of the old header tubing .
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    The driver's side was going to need to go around the steering. The steering had come together so nicely that I didn't want to change it to go around the exhaust.
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    Yep, what Denny said, absolutely brilliant and certainly made for good welding practice but the end result is worth the trouble.
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    Very nice work on those headers. Nice tig work too!
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    Times 4! They came out really good. Nice work.
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    That shaft is going to get hot.

    Header wrap on the header and the shaft would fix it.
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    Thanks for compliments, they were a lot of work and I'm not a great welder but good enough to get by.

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    Quote Originally Posted by firebird77clone View Post
    That shaft is going to get hot.

    Header wrap on the header and the shaft would fix it.
    That's true, I will have to see if it gets hot enough to bother the rag joint or boot at the other end. I am considering ceramic coating them which would help some to keep the heat in.

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    I just got caught up on this thread……what a great build I really like the way you are putting this together.

    I had a 54 Studebaker ½ ton pickup several years ago that I was going to build and at a glance the cabs looked a lot alike so I was really surprised by your comments about how small the cab was. After looking at your pictures a bit more I realized just how short the cab was compared to the later trucks. I really like the way you addressed the problem…..it’s amazing what just a couple of inches more leg room can feel like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DennyW View Post
    Just a quick suggestion. You could make a split shield to fit around the steering shaft, or a heat shield over the header pipe. Deflector so to speak. Motorcycles use that style a lot.

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    Good idea, I did some little stainless heat shields like that on my miata build.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike P View Post
    I just got caught up on this thread……what a great build I really like the way you are putting this together.

    I had a 54 Studebaker ½ ton pickup several years ago that I was going to build and at a glance the cabs looked a lot alike so I was really surprised by your comments about how small the cab was. After looking at your pictures a bit more I realized just how short the cab was compared to the later trucks. I really like the way you addressed the problem…..it’s amazing what just a couple of inches more leg room can feel like.

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    I've been test fitting stuff with one of my miata seats in there and I think I'm going to get a pair for it. They are very compact, the back is really slim which helps with leg room and they are pretty comfortable.
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    Wanted to keep the AC down low but there wasn't room with the stock bracket so I made a new bracket out of steel. It was very challenging to make, the tensioner was tricky to get right.
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    Also had a power steering hose made up using part of the chevy and part of the ford hose. I got a pressure reducing kit for the pump from ebay because the chevy pump has too much pressure for the ford. So the power steering is good to go.
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    Very nice work. I used to love to make pretty brackets when doing engine swaps. Also, I would rather make a custom bracket and run the Ford pump.

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    Man that looks nice! Great Job.

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