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    How long will a well built mild steel 16 gauge turbo exhaust header last ?

  • #2
    Should last for years, if built well and the turbo is supported independently.

    I've made a few turbo header sets out of 16 AWG mild steel. The firs set was on my Franken60 that saw year round use in Canada, so they went through all sorts of temperature ranges and elements. The latest set is on my LX9, but it's only been together since the Summer, and it's not winter driven.
    James: 1985 GMC Jimmy, 3.2L turbocharged, intercooled hybrid 13.873 @ 99.08 218HP & 270FT/lbs @ the wheels
    The Daily: 2000 GMC Yukon
    1973 Datsun 240Z: Turbo intercooled LX9, running on '7749 with $59 and DIS. 12.71 @ 115

    "If you're not living on the edge, You're taking up too much space."

    Still waiting for the 1st or second Ostrich I was promised, from Paul.

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    • #3
      Thanks, I have a small oxy set and a wire feed so i should be able to handle it with a little practice.... any suggestions on who has the best deal on pipe bends ?

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      • #4
        Gas mig? if not, get one. The first set I built I used gas shielded MIG, the later sets used a TIG (once I got it). At this point I would only use TIG to weld up headers because it's a lot easier to find any possible missed welds, and they look much better on top of that.

        I used Hedman Hedders for my bends. I was able to buy a "Box o' Bends" and cut them to sizes I needed.

        Just a couple pictures of the headers in the build stage for the Franken60

        Turbo positioning 3.jpg
        Left header tacked.jpg

        A couple pictures of the build stage of the headers for the LX9

        Headers04.jpg
        Headers08.jpg

        Here's a picture of the front header I built for a turbo Cavalier, this is one of my favorites.

        headers001.jpg

        And the very convoluted rear header:

        HPIM0393.JPG

        Just thought these might give you some ideas.
        James: 1985 GMC Jimmy, 3.2L turbocharged, intercooled hybrid 13.873 @ 99.08 218HP & 270FT/lbs @ the wheels
        The Daily: 2000 GMC Yukon
        1973 Datsun 240Z: Turbo intercooled LX9, running on '7749 with $59 and DIS. 12.71 @ 115

        "If you're not living on the edge, You're taking up too much space."

        Still waiting for the 1st or second Ostrich I was promised, from Paul.

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        • #5
          Another source is Speedway Motors. They had everything I needed when I built my headers.
          Ed

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          • #6
            Yes its' a gas mig... I'll check that Hedman soucre...... Speed way, I bought an adapter plate 60 degree [ 2.8-3.4] engine to chevy 350 th, 2004r trans. I 'll check them for pipe also thanks .

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