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Old 03-04-2010, 11:45 PM
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Default Funny you should ask!

Sitting on my garage floor this very minute is a pair of Sanderson's "block hugger" FE headers that they told me would work. The steering box is the least of the problems...the frame tube is in the way on both sides..even the easy side does not fit. Yes, Sanderson is being very good about the return...even paying my return shipping, but it's gonna set me back two weeks while I wait for FPA to make mine. Just pay the extra $$ and get the right parts. My research has told me that the only other option is custom made..and that make the FPA's look cheap!

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Old 03-08-2010, 09:05 AM
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Default sanderson headers...

actually I have a pair they just sent to me I was going to try... ok so lets say I'm willing to cut into the shocktowers (is that the frame tube you are speaking of?) how far off is it hitting the steering box... would the angled flanges work, or could the headers be bent a little to clear? what exact areas are you having problems with... (sorry I just have thing aversion to paying 800$ to someone who knows they have a monopoly on this when every other header type is significantly less, its the principal of things)
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Old 03-10-2010, 12:17 PM
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Default Sanderson headers,fit or not?

I wrote to sanderson asking about the headers and they said they'd fit a 60 tbird,I talked to a fella named Denver. I wonder if there's a miscommunication on exactly which model of tbird we're talking about,perhaps if they see there is enough interest in the headers they'll re-engineer them to fit the squarebird.
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Old 03-10-2010, 01:30 PM
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I wrote to sanderson asking about the headers and they said they'd fit a 60 tbird,I talked to a fella named Denver. I wonder if there's a miscommunication on exactly which model of tbird we're talking about,perhaps if they see there is enough interest in the headers they'll re-engineer them to fit the squarebird.
Hmm, when I called them when I was wanting to run a set on my 58, they told me no they won't fit, but we would be glad to make you a custom set, just bring your car in to us. If I remember right they guessed that set would run around 800 to 1,200.

Their shop is about a 2.5hr drive from me, I might have done it, if the cost had been half that.... If you all can convince them to make some for a decent price and they need a test vehicle, I am up for taking my car down and letting them have at it.
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Old 03-10-2010, 05:46 PM
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Thanks for offering up your car as a guinea pig rustyNca... yeah, they should cut you a break as by now in addition to me at least a few of you have tried contacting them and should see the interest.
Yeah I think Denver was the person that replied to me as well, which is why I ordered them too... if JCLipka had so many interferances with these with no wiggle room to modify, I'm a little leery of even attempting to take them out of the box when I get them in case I bang them up too much trying it, I'm afraid I'm going to have to send them back until I hear some better news from either a member or sanderson other than Denver on an better fit.
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Old 03-14-2010, 01:07 AM
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you can get a box full of "bends" from any header manufacter and build your own

but if you looking for other pre made headers you can try crites industries in ashville ohio they make headers for FE applications in 57-58 fairlanes /edsels

the fairlanes and thunderbirds share the same engine clearence problems except the fairlane's upper control arm is too close to the engine(when running a FE) instead of the steering box

and yes you can bend a header to make it fit in fact its hard to find a header you dont have to "clearence" alittle to make them fit right BUT, buy the time you clearence a header to fit a squarebird the third tube on the driver side would be almost pinched closed and maybe the fourth tube aswell

if you dont know a 352 is a FE

crites contact info critesrestoration.com 740-983-4777

ive heard crites get 500.00 for thier headers but i could be wrong
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Old 03-17-2010, 01:56 PM
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Thank you 57ford/60thunderbird,
I called crites and they sadly did not know anyone who has tried their headers on a tbird and have no idea if they would be close ... they are definitely cheap enough (about 320)...
I had a little hope as the one distributor for sanderson said a couple representatives from sanderson said that they had people get them to fit with some minor modifications, but that was not true.
I think I am going have to give up on this and go with stock iron.
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Old 03-22-2010, 05:04 PM
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so, I sent the headers back from sanderson sadly without even trying based on the "luck" I have heard from other birders (thank you for being my genie pig!)... I've got about a week, maybe week and a half left before the exhaust gets redone for the bird at which point I will not be able to justify any headers... if anybody has any last minute good experiences (besides 800$ FPA) they would be most welcome, thank you all again despite the unsuccessful attempts reports!
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Default FPA headers

I too searched and found the FPA's the only real answer. Yes , you can make a Squarebird fly but you have to remember what FE stands for, Freakin Expensive.... It's all about what you really want.
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Default Unique Headers

I know this is a little off topic, but when I went to the VTCI Thunderbird pageant last month, I spotted the 57 Fairlane with unique headers. Thought I would include a few pics of the cars also for those interested in looking.
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