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From: Monterey, CA Mustangsandmore Member #437
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posted 06-25-2001 07:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Stewart   Click Here to Email Stewart     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ok, Renee and I pulled off the cats and put on an H-pipe just before heading for Reno. Now I want to tackle the headers. I have a set of powdercoated JBA shorty unequal length headers in my garage that I'm gonna bolt on.

What type of gaskets work the best? ARP bolts are a must, I would assume. Any tips to make this job easier? Dave was trying to tell me it can be done in three hours, but knowing my track record, probably three days!

Any help would be appreciated!


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posted 06-26-2001 03:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ragtopjr   Click Here to Email ragtopjr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Stewart come for a drive up here and i will be happy to help you
It is easy to do, I use fel pro header gaskets, and would not worry about arp header bolts, just get a bolt that the head of the bolt is small enough so that you can get a wrench on it(mine are 3/8 12 point no idea what the brand name is though).
After you get them on and tight, run them and get the car up to operating temp a couple of times make sure to retighten the bolts.
If you have any grief when your doing it just call or email me with the problem and i will help any way i can, ANYTIME

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posted 06-26-2001 01:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for wythors   Click Here to Email wythors     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes Stewart, you should have brought them with you. We could have done it right there in the parking lot and I even had all the right tools with me. Use 12-point bolts by all means. The clearance on some of them (at least on my FRPP ones) is pretty tight and the 12-point bolts make it a little easier to deal with. Outside of that, what Ed said. Just take all the intake crap off the right side and it's a piece of cake.

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posted 06-26-2001 02:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Stewart   Click Here to Email Stewart     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I figure it isn't that it's so darn difficult to turn a bolt. It's just that I'm more worried about being able to get the header on without scraping any of the powder coating off. Everything I read about header installs on 5.0's say it's tight and difficult to fit them into place. I don't wanna ruin the finish on my headers, y'know?

That's why I was asking for tips.

But ummm, Dave...ummm, you can always pop on by and give me a hand...if ya want. I mean, ya know, since it isn't like it's a big problem for ya, you could drive down here and show off your expertise in this aint like I'd hook up a chain to the engine and start unbolting motor mounts or anything....


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posted 06-26-2001 02:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gearhead   Click Here to Email Gearhead     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You can do it Stewart!! No problem at all. The unequals make it a much easier job, versus the equal length units. If you are concerned about scraping the headers just wrap a couple of rags around the pipes as you lower them down into place. That will ensure that nothing will get scratched during the install. Other than being a bit careful during that part it really is a piece of cake. Go for it buddy!!


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posted 07-03-2001 11:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 66351stang   Click Here to Email 66351stang     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
stewart, they are not bad at all, i installed a set of mac shorty headers on my 90 lx 5.0-- 2.5 hours and the headers looked fine, easy way is jack the motor up about 3 inches, remove the fan.. not a bad job at all

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posted 07-08-2001 12:26 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for I65Stang   Click Here to Email I65Stang     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I had my floor jack in the back of the '65 in Reno .

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