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Old 08-11-2012, 10:19 PM
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Default best headers for 390 on 64 T bird

I have a 64 T bird with 390 an exhaust manifold is cracked an I was wanting to know what is a good set of headers for the car?
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Old 08-13-2012, 01:01 PM
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The only ones I know of.
http://www.fordpowertrain.com/FPAindex/Tbird1.htm
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Old 09-29-2012, 04:06 PM
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Got mine the other day from Ford Power Applications (FPA) and they are VERY impressive. Come with the collector sockets (male and female) screws, headers screws, and some very impressive gaskets. Pricey, but top quality.
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Old 09-29-2012, 04:49 PM
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I saw a set of cast iron headers on craigslist a while back, the guy was asking $350 so I emailed him. He responded back a day later that he had sold them for $425.

davidmij how much did those set you back?

I ended up just replacing one cracked manifold for $225. It looks like an excellent casting.
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Old 09-30-2012, 10:07 AM
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They were $599 - with shipping, tax and all I paid $650 even. I know that's insane, but they are the ONLY place that makes a set for a 59 T-bird.
The cast iron ones you found, were they headers, or stock exhaust manifolds?

I had my old one now that thought I'd get rid of.

Dave
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Old 09-30-2012, 11:37 PM
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No they were headers, cast iron headers. I've seen them before only once. I'm guessing that they are relatively rare.
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Old 10-01-2012, 12:37 PM
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Yeah, I think you did really well. From what I've seen people can ask almost anything they want for those cast iron headers.

Dave
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Old 10-01-2012, 02:04 PM
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The FE cast headers came in two varieties, long and short, the short being more available and popular. There is still the question of will they fit the BIRD engine compartment without alteration(s).

The FPA's will outflow the shorties (along with other advantages) but you will be missing the !WOW! factor...
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FPA makes some dang nice headers. I have them on my car.

Craftsmanship costs extra I guess.
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Old 10-01-2012, 11:19 PM
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Craftsmanship and a captive audience. But you got that right Greg, most impressive custom piece I've bought so far.

I just spent about 4 hours putting mine on and it was a real SOB. I only got the drivers side on. I had to take my angle grinder to my Lakewood bellhousing. I had already done some grinding on it when I put in the clutch Z bar. I also had to jack the motor up about 2 inches. And getting to those header screws is pretty tough. Impossible to torque them with a little 3/8 open end, but the gaskets are so nice I think I'll be just fine.

Those cast headers do look sharp though!

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