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deadhead
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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,

deadhead

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Moneymaker
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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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mustangs68
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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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Jeff
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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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V8 Thumper
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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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71RESTO
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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!!!!!!!!!

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