All this tri-y/long tube fitment drama has me thinking about a good mid-length. Any tips?
I'll give them two thumbs up also. Have them on my 70 w/351C 4V and an AOD.I really like Sanderson. They are a very well made shortie header. They fit my car as promised. They are in San Fransisco, so they are easy to call and ask about fitment. The link I have attached is a tech. article they wrote about how primary size and header length affects horsepower and torque on the same engine. https://www.sandersonheaders.com/lets-get-technical.html
Sounds like Sanderson says mid length are a 'significant improvement' over stock manifolds, for whatever that's worth? I went with cheap non-ceramic Hedman shortys because of space, previous X pipe system, cable clutch (soon to be hydro) and ground clearance, and also because there was a chance I'd have to mod the headers for my setup, Borgeson ps box, etc. Thought if I loved them, I'd get them Jet Hot coated after the mods.Putting shorties on my own car would always feel to me as though I 'settled' for something less than it could, or should be. I can justify stock log manifolds, as it just means I haven't had the money to put on something better, but to spend anything on a set of mid-length headers when I could get some tri-y's for about the same price would always bother me! I'm weird that way I guess. =)
I'm having issues with Doug's right now, so you might want to see how that turns out. Mine is 1965 289 T10 Z-Bar. The issue is with the Z-Bar.When I've got the money for it, I'm going with Dougs. I've heard really great things about FPA too though.
Here you go.If I really had my druthers, I'd find an old set of Blackjack Aluma-Kote headers, just out of nostalgia, like my first Cougar had. =)
Please tell about the FPA's you went with @Nailbender? I was reluctantly thinkin' the same thing you're preaching; headers look like one thing you can't skimp on. Do you recall the exact LT's you went with or is there only one for aftermarket heads, the #2 on the list with the big rectangular inlet port? Says for 'DART, AFR, std heads with Lakewood' (Bellhs)? Did you go for the stepped option? Also, what steering setup are you running? I'm running Borgeson PS. If you paid a grand, I'm guessing you went ceramic? Which coating and how has it held up? These are the details that really makes the difference between cheap and quality, but the FPA site really has minimum info.So, if I had a dollar for every forum member that tried a couple other headers before getting the FPA headers and finally being happy I'd be able to afford a new set of Bridgstone Poneza RE71's. I learned from their posts, spent a grand on the FPA long tubes, they fit without issue, Done!!!
Why does this show up every other week? You tweek other headers to fit, or they just don't. I spent the bucks for the FPA that are ridiculously priced. Yet, somehow I feel I saved money because I just did it just once. One of the few things on my car I did right the first or even second time.
Nice Dhemple, so how is that dark ceramic, I'm guessing, holding up and how do you like it vs polished sliver ceramic? Lol does it feel cooler underhood ? What steering you running? Are they completely tucked above the main subframe rails, or partially?Just put the new Hooker Darkside Ceramic coated full length on my 65 289. I have a hydraulic clutch, but the headers went in without touching anything, I was shocked, and they fit up tight under the car.