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1969 convertible header install.

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Just wanted to pass on my experience  with header installation on my 69 convertible last week.  After reading many, many stories of problem installs, i went into this thinking it would be a very hard project.  I looked at each major header that was out there and decided on the Patriot ceramic  long tube headers.  I ordered them through Advance auto and used the 30% coupon they offer so I received a set of ceramic long tube headers for under $300.   I have a 351w with a 4 speed and power steering.  I disconnected the z- bar and took out the spark plugs and jacked up the car front and back.  35 minutes later i was bolting up the headers.  They fit perfectly, look great and were easy to install, and even though the drivers side took a little wiggling to get in, it wasn't difficult at all. I have about a 1/4 space from the flange to my floor boards.   I spent more time on the Pypes exhaust system as I had to fab a few bends to fit up correctly. 

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I also did not have any trouble with my long tube headers on a 302.  I have rack and pinion steering and an AOD tranny, and neither created any complications.  Maybe we were both lucky with the ones we chose?  

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I of course spoke to soon as of my first writing I hadn't installed my z bar.  Lesson learned...a 351w z-bar is different from a 302 z bar (which looks like a 302 bar would work).  My 351 bar fits but will not allow the lower rod to hook up as it it pressed against the header.  I am going to pull it out and modify my bar so it will work. 

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Yes my motor is in, and I can easily access the #8 plug. But that pic is the before pic. This is the after pic:

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