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Hi everyone, a few months ago I bought my El Camino, and its about time for an oil change. When I got my car lifted so I could see what oil filter to get, I noticed my headers are making contact with the oil filter (Don't worry about the went spots in the picture I have taken care of that.) My best idea currently is to use a 2x4 as a lever to bend the headers away just enough to wrap them with some thermo tec wrap. If anyone as any better ideas I would lover to hear them. Thanks again

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Hi everyone, a few months ago I bought my El Camino, and its about time for an oil change. When I got my car lifted so I could see what oil filter to get, I noticed my headers are making contact with the oil filter (Don't worry about the went spots in the picture I have taken care of that.) My best idea currently is to use a 2x4 as a lever to bend the headers away just enough to wrap them with some thermo tec wrap. If anyone as any better ideas I would lover to hear them. Thanks again

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Remove the oil filter and "adjust" the area that's near the oil filter with a ballpeen hammer. A better idea is to get headers that fit better and the the collector not so close to the oil filter.
 

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Agree. Just dimple at the filter. The headers will be hard to bend away but the dimples are easy and will have no effect on the headers at all
 

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Is the filter actually touching the header? Cause if it was touching, I would think there would be a scratch all the way around the filter, and I don't see evidence of that. That being said, I have headers as well, and they are close, but don't touch. I would think you could remove the filter, and "Clearance" the header with a hammer, as mentioned. Obviously, a header that close to the oil filter isn't ideal, but even a small clearance space is better than not.....
 

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Hi everyone, a few months ago I bought my El Camino, and its about time for an oil change. When I got my car lifted so I could see what oil filter to get, I noticed my headers are making contact with the oil filter (Don't worry about the went spots in the picture I have taken care of that.) My best idea currently is to use a 2x4 as a lever to bend the headers away just enough to wrap them with some thermo tec wrap. If anyone as any better ideas I would lover to hear them. Thanks again

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I believe you can use a smaller diameter filter. My 4WD '92 suburban required a small filter to clear the front drive shaft.
Check that first.

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Thanks for all the replys, I ended up using a hammer and some heat wrap as a temporary solution. New headers are on the to do list
 

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Even with different headers, I'd be tempted to go with a remote filter mount on it too. Would sure make oil changes a lot easier.
 
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