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Aftermarket parts just don't fit as well on Chris Craft motors as Chris Craft parts do !
Paul (no login) Posted Dec 19, 2011 12:55 PM
Well Chris Craft had a rather tight clearance between their exhaust system and their Paragon transmission and motor
mounting assembly, which is about as "industrial" in concept and execution as anything I've seen. Iron was obviously cheap back then !!!
Note the clearance between the exhaust outlet and the mount.
Well now enter Paul and his nifty hot rod aluminum headers he's been keeping around for nearly 15 years.....why you might ask? Well
I initially got them for my 38 Express and when I started sizing up the situation for action, it was rather obvious that my hot rod headers
just would not fit the Chris Craft system, so I either had to adjust the header system or fabricate new mounts, and it was a whole lot easier
to just do nothing. So as a result nothing got done until late in the year 2011 and now the same issue has manifest itself again.
Well the equation has changed a bit because I am bolting up a Borg Warner instead of the Paragon you see in the photo above, but....... I still
have a low slung header system. The solution was to find these low profile mounts that fit up to the Borg Warner system. If they don't work
you'll see them for sale on Ebay some day, I'll recover part of my cost, probably have to eat the shipping but hey, with old boat restoration
there are some risks now and then (smiling now) We'll see how it goes.....these are the most compact mounts I could find for the Borg Warner
Velvet Drive, and they are reversible allowing a little more flexibility.
Here is an old photo showing the new header being held on with one bolt for general fit-up and planning.
This system drops much lower than the original CC system, which is very compact. I need to get some updated photos of the motor,
it is looking a little better recently