The last piece of the engine puzzle: An exhaust header | Project Elva sports racer

Photography Credit: Tim Suddard

We still needed an exhaust header before we could install and dyno the engine for our Elva sports racer. But we couldn’t find a spare.

At first we thought we’d design one from scratch, so we asked the folks at longtime exhaust fabricator Burns Stainless for some help. They provided an ingenious universal header modeling block system–kind of like Legos that are used to mock up an exhaust header that can then be duplicated in tubing. Burns Stainless does beautiful TIG work, by the way.

But then we found a reader who owns the sister car to our Elva and is willing to loan us the original header. Assuming it fits our car, we’ll send it to Burns Stainless and ask the shop to replicate it.

We got lucky: Fellow Elva owner Chris Diminco is restoring a car just like ours, so he’s going to loan us an original Mk VI header. If it fits our car and chassis, we’ll have Burns Stainless duplicate it. Photography Credit: Chris Diminco

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