Hedman Long Tube Elite Headers

When I bought the car it had a set of regular Hedman Long Tube headers that were thermal wrapped to help manage the heat. I looked into coating them, but later decided to buy the exact same headers brand new and already coated. I bought my Hedman Elite long tube headers (P/N 88308) from Summit Racing. Click here to see them at They have gone up about $20 or so since I bought mine 3 years ago, but they are still a great value.

The headers feature 1 5/8" pipes with 3" collectors. The fit is perfect, but as with any long tube header you will need a power steering drop bracket to clear the bottom of the brackets if your classic has the factory power steering. These are basically the same as the Hedman 88300 headers with the exception of the thicker 3/8" flange, the coating, and the badging letting everyone know they are Hedman "Elites".

I almost didn't buy these headers because many people were saying to be cautious of the coated headers from the factory. I have had mine for 3+ years and have not had a single issue with the coating changing color or coming off the headers.

I am not going to give you a rundown as to how to install headers, as this is a fairly obvious process. However, I have a couple of tips that helped me when installing my headers. The main thing I would recommend when installing them (or any other coated header) is to wrap them with some thin protectant when manuvering them into place in the car. Shortly before I bought mine a buddy had his done and complained about scratching the up while putting them in the car (the fine details about his car bother him much like they bother me). My solution to this was to wrap my headers with thin packing foam sheets (see Fig 3 for an example of the wrapped headers). It was a pretty easy choice, because there was some in the box that my headers were shipped in. The great part about this is that it is very thin, bends easily to conform to any shape, and once you get the headers positioned in the car it is easily torn off. This was the ticket as I easily put them in my car without scratching the coating.

I am not sure where I read this, but somewhere along the way I read that the headers should be cleaned using steel wool. This works suprisingly well to take off any types of road or oil stains that will ultimately happen if you drive your car regularly.

Project Pictures

Hedman Elite long tube headers

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Picture of flange and badging

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Headers wrapped with packing foam for installation

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