Headers for 69 Riviera help!

Discussion in 'Street/strip 400/430/455' started by Cameron Pigott, Dec 28, 2017.

  1. Trying to find some affordable headers for my 430 Buick. Ta has some but way too expensive. Any alternative headers I can run that won't hurt the pocket!? They want $500 plus. And I did my research trying to find some. Can buick headers work from like a 350 or 400 bucik? Or a A Body late 60s GM. Anything will help with info just doing my research. Thank you.
  2. LARRY70GS

    LARRY70GS a.k.a. "THE WIZARD" Staff Member

    You need headers from a 400-430-455 Buick engine. I think your only option is shorty headers. You may be able to find them used. Start a thread in "Parts Wanted" I think member Yardley is changing his shorty headers out. He may sell his old ones for a decent price.
  3. Yardley

    Yardley Club Jackass

    I'll sell you my old TA shorties, but they are old and refuse to hold a gasket in place. If you buy them I am not responsible for their performance. The new TA shorties are made much better than these first gen ones were.
  4. Ok then. Thanks for the help man!
  5. How much? And u got some pics of them. And what you mean by they won't hold a gasket? Like they keep blowing?
  6. Briz

    Briz Platinum Level Contributor

    You have 2 choices. Spend the money and get the shorties or build your own. You can get the flanges from TA and the J bend pipe from ARP. I searched and re searched just like you did and ended up biting the bullet and buying the TA's.
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  7. How those shortys work?
  8. Philip66

    Philip66 Well-Known Member

    Hey Briz, that's a sweet looking alternator bracket!!
    What is it? Custom built or a machined down original??

    Sorry Cameron, not trying to be a stowaway on your post! But I've never seen one like that...
  9. Briz

    Briz Platinum Level Contributor

    Its a factory Riviera A/C - Alt bracket. No mods. The Riv bracket sets the compressor lower in the car for hood clearance
  10. You good man!! Now you actually got me checking it out haha
  11. RoadShark

    RoadShark Well-Known Member

    I had mine coated and then installed them. They interfere with the steering box. I think someone else here confirmed that the same thing happened with their second gen Riv. So, dent 'em first and then get 'em coated.
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  12. Briz

    Briz Platinum Level Contributor

    Mine hit on the corner of the steering box. Ended up heating that spot and making big dimple there.
  13. HotRodRivi

    HotRodRivi Tomahawks sighted overseas

    Ware are your mufflers Briz? Mine are up front close to the collector. The only other spot i can see would be out back tucked in tbe rear quarter panal cavity.
  14. Briz

    Briz Platinum Level Contributor

    Under the front seats.
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  15. HotRodRivi

    HotRodRivi Tomahawks sighted overseas

    Yup under the front seats.
  16. Jyrki

    Jyrki Active Member

    I just trial-fitted TA shorties on my 1967 Riviera. Passenger side fits fine, but driver side collector interferes with the steering box. A little hammering will probably do the job.
  17. Briz

    Briz Platinum Level Contributor

    What I like about the shortys is that I can install them on the stand and then drop the completed engine into the car. No struggle fitting the headers as you slip the engine in.

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  18. HotRodRivi

    HotRodRivi Tomahawks sighted overseas

    I had no issues fitting shortys on my 455 in 1968 Riv.
  19. Tom C.

    Tom C. Member

    I got a pair of shorties from jcwhitney.com that fit a 75 riviera with a 455 for my 70 455 that I am planning to fit t into a 77 Cutlass. around $200.00. I haven't fit them yet but they look like they to have a little straightening done to keep from blowing gaskets. I will let you know how it goes.
  20. Briz

    Briz Platinum Level Contributor

    Remflex gaskets. Will not blow out.

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