Installing front header and squash pipe

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Installing front header and squash pipe


Post by doc308 » Sun Aug 23, 2009 12:57 am

I had to remove the heads from my '50 and , upon reinstallation, need to reinstall the front header. When I originally installed the pipes, I had to lift the front of the engine a bit to fit the header into place with the squash pipe. That was when the oil lines, primary , etc weren't hooked up yet . Now that the engine is all together and has oil in it, are there any tips to getting the pipe back on, without lifting the engine? Of course, I could fit the pipe in before I torque the head down, but I'm afraid that that might interfere with the proper mating of the cylinder/head surfaces. Am I worrying too much about that and are there and tricks to use regarding the reinstallatin of this pipe ?

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Re: Installing front header and squash pipe


Post by Pomike » Sun Aug 23, 2009 2:07 am

I think you can do it if you just try different angles. On my '65 I had the same question, but by luck and trying more than once discovered it could be done. Leave the header loose, and slide the squish pipe in and under the engine in place, from the side. What a relief it is! Good luck. Mike

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Re: Installing front header and squash pipe


Post by steve_wood » Sun Aug 23, 2009 11:58 am

Like Mike said, it can be done. On mine, I find that there is one and only one way to slip it in. I push the front of the squish pipe in place and then push on the rear of the pipe and it just barely slides in there.

Takes a little patience.....

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