Home page

Support our Vendors!  |  Advertise Here

Topic: Headers style?

in Forum: C3 Fuel, Emission Control, and Exhaust Systems

Already a Member?
Not yet a Member?
Register for Free!

Headers style? (1/6)
 1/23/22 9:31pm
Former Member

Send Private Message

Joined: 12/27/2020
Posts: 1

I have a 1970 stock 350 sbc and I was wondering what’s the best fit. Long tube headers or short tube headers. I’ve heard some have an issue with short tube headers flange hitting the starter. But so long tube header hang to low?

thanks in advance.

Our Sponsors help support C3VR
Re: Headers style? (2/6)
 1/24/22 12:43am
Limited Member
Online Now! - Send Private Message

Overland Park, KS - USA

1973 Orange Metallic Coupe (orig owner), L82, 4 spd (WR), PS, (A/C & PW (I installed from wrecked 73)), leather, AM/FM Stereo, ran with '65 FI unit earlier & will again some day.

Joined: 7/9/2003
Posts: 848

I had Hooker style Nest of Snakes headers on mine for a while.  The only clearance problem I had was with the air conditioner compressor bracket and I had to dimple a little bit of the tube to clear it.


1973 L-82 4 spd

Re: Headers style? (3/6)
 1/24/22 12:04pm
Vette78RLLifetime Member
Lifetime Member
Send Private Message

Lawrenceville, GA - USA

1978 Silver Anniversary. Restored in 2012. All new 'complete' suspension f & r, engine, trans, exhaust, interior. Car is driven - garage kept but not a trailer queen.

Joined: 10/21/2013
Posts: 27

I have the original matching-numbers 350 block.. Back in 2012 when it came time to seriously up the performance, I partnered with Calvin & Tim Nabors at Nabors Automotive here in Lawrenceville to build a kick-ass setup.  For the headers,  we selected the Flowtech 31106FLT headers.  They're long-tube, ceramic-coated and fit perfect.  No clearance issues anywhere.  They look great and even over many years, keep their good looks.  Along with all the other goodies, they were an excellent choice.

Re: Headers style? (4/6)
 1/25/22 5:11pm
Standard Member
Send Private Message


1977 Black Beauty

Joined: 1/12/2022
Posts: 4

I have the same headers as Vette78RL listed in his reply on my 1977 L82 -  Flowtech 31106FLT headers.  Mine were installed a few years back as well and still look good too. 

Re: Headers style? (5/6)
 2/8/22 11:08am
Limited Member
Send Private Message

San Diego, CA - USA

'73 L48 Coupe, 383, M20, A/C, Electric Windows. Matterhorn White Jet-Glo w/ Dark Blue interior. Rochester, Edelbrock, Blackjack Ceramics, Borlas w/ 2.5" mandrel X over, Cooper Cobras on both OEM Steel and Aluminum Wheels.

Joined: 11/10/2013
Posts: 48

Sorry for the fog, but these ceramics are made by Blackjack. I bought them from another member. One little dimple (yellow) had to be made for the Longer-than-necessary Idle Arm mounting bolt. Cutting the bolt down would have made the dimple unnecessary, but muffler shops like to work fast.

Which ever ceramic header you choose, I know you'll be happy with the material. Cooler temperatures in the engine bay mean cooler temps for the driver/pax, and cool to touch 10 min after shutdown! Amazing difference compared to the stock ram-horn stoves you are replacing. 





Re: Headers style? (6/6)
 2/22/22 10:45am
LS5 Rob
Standard Member
Send Private Message

Newport, MN - USA

1971 Ontario Orange LS5. Dyno'd @ 496 HP

Joined: 1/2/2022
Posts: 5

I run shorty Mac Jack headers on my 71 LS5 with no clearance issues.


1971 LS5 - Ontario Orange. Full VB suspension, Hydroboost braking, DeWitts Radiator w/ Dual spal fans, Borgeson steering, PerTronix electronic ignition, SMI Q-Jet 8500 CFM, Dyno'd @ 496 Hp on short headers

Our Sponsors help support C3VR