Come on JD! Just modify everything past the header flange on both sides. Meaning, use the headers for flange donors, cut off the pipes and start making new headers from scratch. You know you are dying to. We are just a support group validating your desires. Just do it! Come on in... the water's just fine.....Trust me......
In the immortal words of Ray Charles- "You lyin' ta me, Honey!"
Not really... And it is tempting, you Silver Tongue'd Devil, you
But at this point, with one set of headers purchased already... I'm leaning more toward modifying the huggers (i.e. "the already paid for set") or if that won't work, buying a set of Mustang "Shorty" headers from Summit or somebody. Background info: James has a set of the Shorties on his pickup. The driver's side has a crack in the collector. He offered to go halves on buying a set, I get passngr side, he gets drvr side, everybody happy. With that scenario, the headers are 140 bucks plus shipping, my half would equal about $75. And I could bolt it up and go.
I haven't priced the cost of tubing to build one header (or a set) but I'd guess it'd be close to that, and then I'd have to build the darn thing. Which is to say there's no guarantee it'd get done right with only ONE purchase of tubing, ya know?!?!?
I'm gonna take one more long look at modifying what I've got, probably Saturday. Plan B is to purchase the Shorties, but that Plan B is getting closer and closer to being Plan A.
I'd love to build a set of headers, mostly just to say I'd done it, but not right this moment... Now, when I add the turbo(s)...
Thanks for the encouragement, Chuck, honestly.