Ok, heres where I am at. I have installed the side pipe covers. They werent the easiest to get on and fit, but I think they turned out ok. Now I have to decide if I should move forward with this project. In order to go forward I have to remove my 800 mile ceramic headers (they are all but new) including the complete dual exhaust system and install the new set of ceramic side pipe headers, and then have the pipes fit and welded up. So I thought I would get some advice on which way to go, from the guys that know about corvettes from here on the C3VR. So shoot me your thoughts.
Vette(s): 1979 Corvette Coupe
Corvette Light Blue
Midnight Blue interior
Mirrored Glass T-tops
Rodney, the side pipes do look awesome, but your current exhast looks killer, too! I don't envy your decision but if were me and the current exhaust looks and fits that good, I would probably leave it. Now if the existing exhaust were bad or gone, I would go with the side pipes. Either way you go, it WILL look awesome!
Latest update, I went out tonight and to start the removal process
of the dual exhaust system and headers. Thought that would be good progress for
one night of work. Well I had the duals and headers off in just over 20
minutes. Wow, not bad I say, so I decide i'll go ahead and start the
install of the new headers. The right side went on and bolts up in 15
minutes. I'm thinking this is to easy, so I go to the drivers side. IT
DONT FIT! The flange points towards the front of the car and hits the
power assist standoff bracket. So i do some additional checking and I
see that both headers have the same part number. So I go back inside and
make a phone call to the supplier of the headers and I am told that
they are the same for both sides. I tell them that cant be correct
because they both are tilted in the same direction and that means once
on the car one flange goes back and one goes forward. http://i1014.photobucket.com/albums/af270/rod7515/Side%20pipe%20headers/DSCN0812_zps59fa27ac.jpg
http://i1014.photobucket.com/albums/af270/rod7515/Side%20pipe%20headers/DSCN0816_zps2b891ee2.jpg Then she
tells me that they need pics of the headers together. I tell her the one
is already on the car but she says I need to take pics side by side. So
I pull the right one down and take the pics and send them to her. (See above pics) She
never calls me back. So I call again only to find out she left for the
night but before she did she sent an email. the email says I have no
problem and the headers are correct.
Well its now 9:45PM so I guess I'll call customer service again and see if theres any resolution yet! Wish me Luck!
Newest Update: Got a call back at 10:30 PM tonight and they Customer service rep said he reviewed the pics with his boss and they are sending out another set of headers tomorrow. They agree that both the headers I have are the same side. I am to pick the header from the new set that I need and then call him back next week and he will arrange pickup of the old set. Hopefully everything will work out ok now!
Well good news, today the new replacment headers arrived around noon time. Now thats great service on the suppliers part. I opened the box and it appears to be a left and right hand header! Tomorrow I hope to get them installed and then its onto finishing up the system. I cant wait to hear what it is going to sound like. Rodney
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