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dphonohan 09-12-2007 10:01 PM

After losing the battle trying to stop exhaust leaks at the exhaust manifolds, I decided to stop fighting them, and ordered some custom nickel plated headers, from a company in Wash. state, and they are SWEET ! Could NOT be happier with them ! If anyone is interested, just say so, and i will give you the info.

byersmtrco 09-12-2007 11:11 PM

I'm interested. Could we get some pics??!!
For now, there are Flowmasters in my near future (w/chrome turn-downs) My glasspacks are shot. Sounds like a boat.
I like the loud, but it doesn't even sound good.

I wish some of the Ford hi-perf cast iron exh manifs would work on this car. Looks like the Galaxie 406 style won't clear the steering gear on the LH side.
The closer fit 390 Mustang manifs have the diff bolt pattern to the cyl/head. (Why can't Ford interchange like Chevy??!!)

So yeah, love to see your headers in place.

6TB1RD 09-13-2007 10:01 AM

Definitely YES
I would definitely like to see, I also have a exhaust leak on my passenger side, Just #8 thou.

When I got the car the number 8 was full of rust and water ! :eek: I know I need to also replace the head so I'm in the market for them also but the finances not to good right now.:( .

skyd 09-13-2007 03:26 PM

I have those headers and I must agree with the fellow birders with the headers, they are excellent, but when they get hot they definately heat up the starter.

dphonohan 09-13-2007 06:04 PM

I got them at Ford Powertrain Applications.
Address is 7702 E. 96th, Puyallup, WA. 98371
Phone # 253-848-9503.

I haven't had them on long enough to see if heating up the starter is a problem. To the poster that said that, has it created you any problems, when it heats up ? I LOVE the sound, deep, throaty rumble, and hope to get noticeabe increase in HP and gas mileage

dphonohan 09-13-2007 06:05 PM

will try to post pics this weekend.

skyd 09-13-2007 07:37 PM

No Major problems. Still worth having them, and I agree the sound is great. I am running 3in. pipes to a set of Smithy's patriot mufflers. Love it and wouldn't change it for the world.

I run into an issue on those REALLY HOT days after driving for a while. If I shut the car off and then try to start her like 1-2 min. after, it gets challenging. Or if the car stalls at a Red light when she is nice and hot(But that's another issue I need to resolve).

I am sure getting a heat shield for the starter will fix that.

dphonohan 09-13-2007 07:44 PM

great ! thanks ! I will put a heat shield on as well.

seven up 09-15-2007 05:33 PM


I've saw the FPA headers on their website and they are definitely the bomb !!

There are no other options besides 500+ customs ?? This is surely a sore spot for this model.

Has anyone done a modification of the FE truck headers ? I know midas does custom pipe work.

Enjoy !

6TB1RD 09-16-2007 11:16 AM

Summit auto sells a kit that includes Header Flanges with Stubs, Mild Steel, 5/ 16 in. Thick, Stock 1 3/ 4 in. Port, Ford, 332-428 FE, Kit

191.00 if you like to fabricate this would be the way to go.

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