>Headers would be a custom deal, as there's nothing being made that will fit that application.
This may or may not have relevance to your situation...
I haven't reached the point of squeezing it in yet(392, 66 Dart) but from preliminary measuring, which could be off I admit, it appears that using 4 tube shorties with a conventional collector the interference will be on the collector and steering box edge. I'm hoping a few well placed hammer whacks might take care of it. But PAW's shorties have a different collector which looks much closer to the block. Now if PAW made then for desotos that might be good, but they don't. But maybe you could follow that recipe for the Desoto? Hot Heads makes a block hugger header that from the pic, looks like it has smaller tubes/collector so that might be an option. I would suggest get the uncoated ones so you can *massage* them if you need to.
Anyway, the cast iron manifolds look to me like an easier fit. Header clearance issues will diminish with more engine setback, but that opens up problems with the firewall and tunnel, oil pan and oh yeah boring stuff like the heater box and trans mount.
There's only one way to find out for sure...do it.
This first pic shows about where the interference will be on the 4tube. You can see that even a little setback will help some, as it moves the collector back from that corner edge of the box. Of course since I haven't actually DONE IT yet its just educated guessing.
The other three pics show how the iron manifold leaves more room. (oops looks like 3's my limit, see next post)
Being that the 276 is smaller than the 392, and the later A body, I hear, has a roomier engine bay, your fitment problems might be easier.
As far as R&P goes, from what I've researched, a front mounted rack will cause bump steer unless you can get it mounted up high enough for proper linkage geometry(the rack ends links have to be parallel to the movement of the lower A arms). For a dragcar...who cares, but for the street I'll guess you don't like unhappy surprises when you drive. If you try a rear mounted R&P you've got to 1( have a place to mount it to, 2) clear the oilpan, 3) its one more thing to get in the way of exhaust system.
I've been told it can't be done. Hrumph, you can do anything with enough blood, sweat, and money. If you WANT that Hemi in that car, you'll find the way to do it. It won't be drop in but that's what makes it fun.
Good luck and get yourself motivated.
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