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    January, 2013
How to make lakes headers
Posted by LonestarModeler on Monday, April 08, 2013 4:32 PM

Hey all, I'm fairly new to the forum, but not to modeling. I'm working on a 32 ford coupe and was wondering what is a good way to scratchbuild some lakes style headers. Any feedback would be appreciated!

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Posted by ace-garageguy on Thursday, April 11, 2013 9:21 AM

First off, define what you mean by "lakes style'. There are a lot of different ways to get the look. Something like this, where the megaphones are capped, and the street pipes route under the car ?

Or this, where the mufflers are in the side-pipes ??

Like making any other headers, some folks use solder, some use cold-bent or hot-bent styrene rod, some use actual aluminum tubing (hard to bend wothout kinking) and I prefer to use aluminun Tig welding rod. Make a header flange that attaches to the engine like a real one. Drill it carefully to take the primary tubes. With the engine in the chassis, bend and fit the tubes to the design you've chosen. Make a collector of whatever design you prefer, and make the megaphone or side pipe section. Cheap paint brush ferrules make good megaphones, by the way.

As with all scratchbuilding, find photos of what you want, alter it as necessary to fit your particular build, and make what you see.

Plan your work, work your plan.

Measure twice, post once.

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  • From: Cape Coral Florida
Posted by BigTallDad on Thursday, April 11, 2013 11:14 AM

"In order to teach a dog, you must first be smarter than the dog" P.R. Ferguson

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  • From: East Wenatchee, Washington 98802
Posted by bonehead23 on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 11:49 PM

I see someone already discussed solder headers...but I use a lot of it because there are NO decent headers in ANY kit, really. Especially gasser-style fenderwell's. I do what was suggested below, and drill the exhaust ports to 1/16" and crazy-glue the solder into the holes, bend 'em up like you want, add a collector, apply Alclad, and there you have it, gorgeous headers no kit could ever hope to compare to. And you can make them any way, length or shape you want, the only limit is your imagination and skill.

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    March, 2013
  • From: ERIE/NORTHEAST PA.
Posted by DIRTBOY on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 1:27 AM

THIS MAYBE A DUMB QUESTION BUT DOES ANYBODY MAKE OR KNOW OF A SOURCE OF HEADERWRAPPING ? CHROME MAY BE COOL FOR A SHOW CAR OR A TRAILERQUEEN BUT WORKING RACE VEHICLES WHICH I PREFER TO MODEL HAVE SOMEKIND OF WRAPPING AROUND THE HEADERS TO HELP KEEP IT COOL AS POSSIBLE UNDER THE HOOD AND IT ALSO MAKE IT EASIER TO PULL SPARKPLUGS IF NECESSARY THANKS FOR  ANY HELP OR SUGGESTIONS AND AS ALWAYS REMEMBER DIRTS FOR RACING ASPHALTS FOR GETTING THERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!                  PS I DO MEAN FOR FOR 1/24 / 1/25 SCALES DUH!!!!!!!! AND IVE SEEN PEOPLE USE  A PARKER PEN  INK CARTRIDGE AS A COLLECTOR TUBES I BELIEVE IT WAS IN  A SCALE AUTO MAG A WHILE BACK

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  • From: Cape Coral Florida
Posted by BigTallDad on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 7:31 AM

Dirtboy, if you look at other posts you'll notice that both upper and lower case letters are used. Use of upper case only (capital letters) is is considered YELLING and is frowned on.

While yours is a related question, it should have been asked in a separate post initiated by you. What you did is often called "Hijacking" and that too is frowned on. 

"In order to teach a dog, you must first be smarter than the dog" P.R. Ferguson

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Posted by shade on Monday, June 24, 2013 11:09 AM

I have tried almost all of the suggestions here with little or no luck on my part. Then I read an article in another magazine that showed the use of plastic tubing with brass rod put thru it to hold shape. At least for myself I can now make a good looking exhaust system.

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    February, 2008
  • From: Seattle, WA
Posted by gbk1 on Monday, June 24, 2013 11:40 AM

Here's a step by step series of pics showing what I did to make a set of what I'm assuming you mean by "lakes headers".







Bernard Kron Keep On Buildin'

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Posted by crtr8z on Sunday, June 30, 2013 12:35 PM

thanx Bernard...I was making mine with solder, but the plastic will do, no need for CA glue, heh!

jusdt gotta figure out how to make a "megaphone" exhaust tip

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  • From: Seattle, WA
Posted by gbk1 on Sunday, June 30, 2013 12:39 PM

The only suggestion I've seen for megaphones is paint brush ferrules. I attempted to turn some down from plastic tubing and a Dremel but lost my way and gave up...

Bernard Kron Keep On Buildin'

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Posted by crtr8z on Sunday, June 30, 2013 12:54 PM

been there, done that as well...forgot about all those paint brushes I've got layin' around

thanx

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  • From: Houston
Posted by BubbaMoose on Saturday, December 09, 2017 5:50 AM
Use Athletic tape works & looks great!!!
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  • From: Houston
Posted by BubbaMoose on Saturday, December 09, 2017 5:52 AM

Try try using  Athletic tape , works  

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Posted by Gluecipher on Wednesday, January 03, 2018 2:46 AM

Found few days ago some quite crappy small brush set, that has all three parts, the shank,hair and the conical part made of plastic, and bought one set of these, just because i got to think if i could use the conical parts that hold the hair, as megaphones in conjunction with actual headers bent from solder or plastic.

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    August, 2015
  • From: Hamptonville, NC
Posted by TarheelRick on Wednesday, January 03, 2018 2:21 PM

I am trying to post a photo of a set of headers I made using solid wire, paintbrush ferrules, and epoxy,  Hope this works.

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I build models because I can't afford the real thing!

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    February, 2008
  • From: Seattle, WA
Posted by gbk1 on Wednesday, January 03, 2018 2:52 PM

The picture shows fine - and those are nice headers, too.

BTW, I relinked my pictures above to my new image server (they used to be on Photobucket...).

Bernard Kron Keep On Buildin'

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