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Old 02-14-2010, 12:18 PM
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Hi, I got a 1958 tbird not only because of the incredible styling, but also because its a nice inexpensive classic to purchase and parts are easily obtainable.
Anytime though you want to do anything to the powerplant however, watch out! This area of concern is the monopoly FPA seems to have on headers for the squarebird. Is there any alternative to them... if you take a look at the two links, I included one to Sanderson Headers... as you can see they look virtually identical... only Sanderson is half the $$$ anybody have luck/tried Sanderson headers, can headers be slightly, "tweaked" to make fit?
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http://www.fordpowertrain.com/feshorty.htm
http://www.fordpowertrain.com/352Shorty2.JPG

Sanderson 1960-64
http://www.sandersonheaders.com/popup_image.php?pID=152
Sanderson 1965 up
http://www.sandersonheaders.com/prod...roducts_id=182

also you see occasionally cast headers that are time period performance made for the 1960-64 galaxy, but those supposedly don't fit either... (plus their efficiency is questionable)
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Old 02-14-2010, 02:14 PM
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Hey Brian,
Check out www.fordpowertrain.com
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Old 02-14-2010, 06:53 PM
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3D psycho is asking if the sanderson headers will fit a 60 bird also. I'd like to know too . I'm sure the fpa headers are a top quality header but they are a bit spendy. The fpa and sanderson headers do look very similar.
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Old 02-15-2010, 03:40 PM
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According to Sanderson their headers do not fit. Evidently the steering box is enough of an issue that they won't work. I also tried them all but eventually it became apparent that Ford Powertrain was the only choice. Yes they they are quite pricey but the service and the fit were top notch.
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Old 02-15-2010, 03:47 PM
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Hmm... not good enough... 800 way too much for a squarebird or any other car really for just part of an exhaust... there has to be another way... certainly there has to be someone out there that has something, or has taken something and bent the headers a little (is that possible?)... I have put in a request to sanderson... how many other people would go the sanderson 400 option if we could convince them there is enough of a need?
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Old 02-15-2010, 04:06 PM
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Hey Guys,
Try to find someone who can make them. There has to be someone that can take the old stock manifolds and custom make headers!!!
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Stock exhaust manifolds ?

Ha ha !!!!

Nothing else will work, due to the strg gear being 1/16" away from the engine. Once again . . . What WERE they thinking ??!!!
Making an eng compt big enough to put a Cat Diesel in and have the strg/gear that close. Oh well.
One of the members sent me pics of the high$ headers on his, I can post em if anybody wants.

Because yeah, those "log" exhaust manifolds . . . What a lousy design. The exh exits the engine into a wall.
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Old 02-18-2010, 11:08 AM
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Apparently FPA made it work, so someone out there must be able to do this as well (hopefully someone a lot cheaper)... if anyone seeing this thread and dosn't know of an alternative maybe at least visit Sanderson's website http://www.sandersonheaders.com/contact_us.php
and send in a request for headers for our squarebirds since they are the closest to fitting/ looking like FPA's... if there is enough of a demand maybe they'll "reconfigure" what they have.
That would be great.
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so what were the clearance problems on sandersons headers... I know a few of you tried, and talked to sanderson myself about these, but no one has indicated the exact problem of fit... if they where just the shock towers, couldn't those be cut away a little to accommodate (would there be a problem with that)?... how far were they off? could they have been bent a little to fit?
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Old 02-23-2010, 07:19 PM
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The STERing box is in the way on the drivers side. You can buy everything you need to make your own from summit. And after all that these 4000lb. cars just won't fly.
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