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V8 Thumper
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posted 01-29-2003 09:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for V8 Thumper   Click Here to Email V8 Thumper     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Looking for feedback/comments regarding fit and quality. I've just about got my father-in-law to open up the wallet and pitch those awful exhaust manifolds on his 429, Crites are about the only option for 385 series motors in an early Galaxie.

2" primaries, 3 1/2" collectors. Eventually (hopefully soon) this motor will get a 280-ish duration camshaft and a good intake. Stock converter in front of a C6 w/ 3:1 gears in a HEAVY car... are these headers too big for 429 cubic inches?

Also, they list an 'oil filter adapter', are there primary tube clearance issues?

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Just Strokin
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posted 01-29-2003 10:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Just Strokin   Click Here to Email Just Strokin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am going to be using the Crites headers on the 501 in the 64 Fairlane. They look pretty decent as far as welding and the bends. I have got to go back and clearance around a few things to get the headers to fit.

The oil filter adapter is possibly needed to let the #5 tube drop straight down to go under the chassis. The adapter bolts in place of the filter and the filter turns down like on the FE's. Some of the adapters allow connections for an oil cooler. I've got a couple of the oil filter adapters if you need one.

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Moneymaker
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posted 01-29-2003 11:26 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker   Click Here to Email Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have always had good feedback on Crites products.

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custom300fe
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posted 01-29-2003 11:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for custom300fe   Click Here to Email custom300fe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You could try Ford Powertrain they have headers for the "385" series in the '55 to '64
http://www.fordpowertrain.com/Headers.htm
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lawless
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posted 01-29-2003 08:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for lawless   Click Here to Email lawless     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've had 3 64 fairlanes and have run Crites stuff on all of them. Never had a problem

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old fart
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posted 03-11-2003 12:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for old fart   Click Here to Email old fart     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
USED THEM ON MY 427 66 GALIXIE. LOOKED GOOD SOUNDED GOOD FIT GOOD. A MAN WHEN YOU GO TOO THE SHOP(BALL JOINTS) THE WHOLE SHOP HAS TO COME OVER AND LOOK. THE OLD MECH.ACTED LIKE THEY WERE IN THE FRONT OF A RACE GOD.

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Ryan Wilke
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posted 03-11-2003 05:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ryan Wilke   Click Here to Email Ryan Wilke     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by old fart:
.....427 '66 GALIXIE. ...THE WHOLE SHOP... ACTED LIKE THEY WERE IN THE FRONT OF A RACE GOD.

.....Sounds about right to me!!

I'd probably be right beside them, "with my eyes wide-open & my knees wanting to bend down in reverence".....

Ryan

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