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  • STINEY
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    And the exhaust/power steering bracket spacer is done.

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  • silver_bullet
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    Your bracketry appears to be a little different, but I've run mine with a spacer since the late 80s.

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    I remember that spacer...

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  • 74NovaMan
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    Is that in your Nova?
    It is.

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  • STINEY
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    NovaMan, that is the closest to mine I have seen without being exactly the same. I found a lawnmower engine wristpin in the junk at work today that will make the perfect spacer after I shorten it 3/8".

    Thanks for sharing your experience with a spacer. Is that in your Nova?

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  • 74NovaMan
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    Your bracketry appears to be a little different, but I've run mine with a spacer since the late 80s.

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  • Russell
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    I don't know what it should look like. There are a few on Amazon most look like aftermarket brackets. This one says something about headers.

    Flowtech 10041FLT Chrome Power Steering Pump Bracket https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000CMCZS6..._2r8BDbDPZ3NDS

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  • STINEY
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    I have the header mount for my alternator.. I believe Speedway motors is where it came from.
    2 pieces of plate, saddles the tube with slots on the upper part.
    Then the other plate is formed to fit the alt base and slides in the slots for alignment
    Exactly the thing Bob. I looked at the usual culprits (Jegs, Summit, Speedway) but didn’t find it.

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  • Deaf Bob
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    I have the header mount for my alternator.. I believe Speedway motors is where it came from.
    2 pieces of plate, saddles the tube with slots on the upper part.
    Then the other plate is formed to fit the alt base and slides in the slots for alignment

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  • STINEY
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    Indeed.

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  • SuperBuickGuy
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    you need to cut down on that Chevy stench somehow

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  • STINEY
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    Start on exhaust.

    Yep, putting cats on it. Cannot stomach the stench some engines put off without them.

    These are sold as stainless universal, but the part number referenced an OEM fitment for a 3.0L engine. That and the 2.5" inlet and outlet with factory heat shield sold them for me. I am sure they aren't going to work as perfectly as they should, but I tried.

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  • STINEY
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    Drivers side only needed a notch grindered into it where the the temperature sender goes in the head.

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    And need to find a cure for the power steering mount brace. The one that picks up from the front exhaust manifold bolt. Might just make a spacer and reuse the original bolt in the front hole (which was unused originally) and drill a new hole in the bracket.

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    Otherwise the fit is good. Of course there is no steering shaft to interfere yet. For that matter, header install is MUCH easier with that pesky body out of the way.

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  • SuperBuickGuy
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    they certainly fit like flowtechs....

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  • STINEY
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    Really wanted to run the stock ‘86 truck stainless exhaust manifolds but the passenger side just would not clear the lower control arm mount.

    So decided to try Jegs brand headers. Rumor has it that they are built by Flowtech and are fairly substantial. I can vouch for the substantial part - they have nice thick tubes with no “tinny” feel to them. And the flanges are beefy thick. Come with all hardware and adapters.

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    The passenger side required the starter to be removed for install. I knocked the carbon/rust ridge off the exhaust ports on the engine with a grinder to help ensure a good seal and test fit the passenger side. Only two problem areas...the outer edge of the transmission ear (not the whole dust cover mounting bolt area, just the edge past the bolt) needs to be trimmed off. I used a sawzall.

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    And the vacuum modulator nipple crashes directly into the collector. Going to try a replacement adjustable one from Napa which is shorter and has a 90* rubber hose. This truck used a rather large modulator for some reason.

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    Those are the only points of contact. The upper control arm is close, but this ain’t horseshoes.

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    Last edited by STINEY; September 2nd, 2019, 05:15 AM.

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