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    so tonight i tried to break in my engine .. after about 8min. into it i notice smoke like stuff coming from my back seats witch made me look to see where it was coming from , i found that my headers were very red and very hot. so i had to shut it down. what do you think would cause this?? and do you think the engine is ok to start the break-in process over again??

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    Start with the easy stuff. Check your timing

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    Had the same problem melted my splashguard and cooked the ceramic coating on the headers. My timing was retarded.

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    old street rod tip. DO NOT start your motor first time with new chrome headers. Use some cheap throwdown headers or manifolds for startup and getting timing set. THEN put on the good stuff. Seen a ruined set of brand new Sanderson headers after only 2 minutes. Wasn't pretty.

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    do you think the engine is ok to start the break-in process over again??

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    Headers without water injection will run red hot normally when under load on the primaries near the heads. If you have water injection and it is working properly then there is likely another problem. You may still get red glow right next to the heads with water injection. This should not be the case when not under load though imo. If so then you have fuel or timing issues or both.

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    Yep I remember on my daytona with OT injected headers that when it got dark outsude you could see the first 4-6 inches of the primaries glow red hot

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    dude you guys say that your heades would glo, thats not cool my seats were smoking, to hot to touch that cant be right . im going to fart with the timing today and ill let yall know how it goes. lets hope i dont burn the boat down

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    What is your initial timing set at? How much advance do you have in the distributor? Are you using a light to time the engine or ear? I just recently learned the value of a dial back timing light from Ray on these boards. I'll never go back to my old style setup.

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    Are your headers water injected? If not, you may want to look into that. My jet hots get warm in the front seat. I would never run them dry with a back seat. If they are injected, like rex said, the space between the header flange and the water injection will glow. Timing is very important and we have ruined sets of headers with bad timing and cooking off jet hot.

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    when i picked up the motor from the machine shop it was set right on tdc . the guys at the shop told me to roll it back to 10btdc drop dist. in so i did.. so when i went to fire it up to break in the motor after about 8 mins the headers got very hot and red .. ( my frinds are flakes so i was trying to do all this by my self.. you know hold gas down as well as hold a light and turn dist .) i figured i would just tune timing after i break in the cam. i figuered wrong!! today i tryed to put the light on it but its too bright outside i cant see the flash so ill have to wait till its a little les light out.. as far as how much advance i have in the dist. i have no idea i going to rip it out now and take it to the machine shop and have them help me out with that. and yes the are dry headers and my buddy has dry headers on his boat chrome bassets and they dont glow they get hot but are not burning his seats

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