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Registered: Sep 2002

posted 09-05-2002 10:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for deadhead   Click Here to Email deadhead     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've got a '65 coop with 289-2v (for now), C-4, power steering (for maybe not too much longer) and 2.80 open rear. I'm looking primarily for a header that fits well. I've heard good things about both these headers. The Hooker's are only $35 more at Summit and are of 16 rather than 18 gauge construction. I'd think they would be a little quieter. But.., my first choice would be which ever one fits best. I don't want to cook my starter or have to dent them to get at the plugs. I plan to drop them in while the engine is still out being rebuilt, so I don't see installation as a problem.

I'm looking for an experienced recommendation here. Anyone with a '65 who has used these please speak up. Positive or negative comments welcome, as well as any suggestions such as painting or not painting them.

Thanks much,


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From: Lyons, IL, USA
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posted 09-05-2002 10:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker   Click Here to Email Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
They both fit and perform well for economy headers. Either spend the money on the Hooker 6111 super comps, or if funds are a consideration then just buy the Hedmans. The cheapie Hookers are not worth the extra $35. I NEVER sell or install them. We always either use the Hedmans for cheapskates , or the Hooker super comps for the high rollers.

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posted 09-05-2002 11:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mustangs68   Click Here to Email mustangs68     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
16 rather than 18 gauge construction. I'd think they would be a little quieter.

don't bet on it
go with ALex suggestion the Hedmans.

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From: Moore, OK USA
Registered: Mar 2001

posted 09-05-2002 03:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jeff   Click Here to Email Jeff     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have Hooker 6901-1's on my '65 fastback. The fit of the header plate is very good and there's no problem whatsoever on the right side. I did wrap the starter cable with glass tape to ensure the end near the starter doesn't get crisp from the heat. I also use the little starter cable straps both in front and behind the motor mount.

I have a late model block with clutch pivot adapter installed and also a 164 tooth bell housing that makes clearance more critical. These Hookers pass by the bell housing very close and wrap the clutch linkage z-bar with 2 tubes going below the z-bar and 2 tubes going over the z-bar. I use the CPC engine pivot adapter and I had to grind a little crescent shaped arc in the bracket to clear the header. You would not have this situation on an early 289/302. Header bolts are a bit of a pain to install but what headers don't on a small-block Ford? In summary, the Hookers are well made, well engineered and fit very well.

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Registered: Dec 2001

posted 09-05-2002 05:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for V8 Thumper   Click Here to Email V8 Thumper     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've got 6111-1's in my '65 coupe, and with the exception of #2 primary needing just a minor contour to clear the shock tower, they fit like a glove. My block has been decked and I'm running aftermarket heads, so they might just glide right in for your application

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posted 09-05-2002 08:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 71RESTO   Click Here to Email 71RESTO     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
We just put a set of the Hedmann 88300's on my daughters '66 coupe w/289 without too much problem. Of course I had to get online here and find out I needed to jack the drivers side of the engine up from the motor mount, but then it fir perfect and runs great. We love them!!!!!!!!!

71 Fastback (his) under resto (351C-4V C6 auto)
73 Mach 1 (hers) (351CJ 4 speed)
66 289/2V coupe (daughter Ashley's)
89 LX 2.3 convertible (daughter Amanda's)
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