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8/13/2020 4:31 PM  #1


best inexpensive headers for 66 Mustang

Hello Everyone.  Hope you all are well and staying safe.  I wanted to see if someone could give me a recommendation on some headers for my Mustang.  it is a 66 mustang with a 302 with 351 windsor heads on it.  I am running the Mustang Steve cable clutch conversion on it with the power brake booster.  I also have a Borgeson power steering box. any reccomendations would be appriciated.

Thanks

Last edited by Evan (8/13/2020 4:32 PM)

 

8/13/2020 5:58 PM  #2


Re: best inexpensive headers for 66 Mustang

What is currently installed?
 


Gary Zilik - Pine Junction, Colorado - 67 Coupe, 289-4V, T5
 

8/13/2020 6:05 PM  #3


Re: best inexpensive headers for 66 Mustang

I have had expensive and cheap, long, mid, and short tube. On a 289/302/5.0 and 351. I believe there are two options, either JBA stainless mid-length or Hi-Po Manifolds.

With your configuration (cable clutch and Borgenson) I would put a set of Hi-Po manifolds on it and never look back.

 

8/13/2020 6:18 PM  #4


Re: best inexpensive headers for 66 Mustang

kardad wrote:

I have had expensive and cheap, long, mid, and short tube. On a 289/302/5.0 and 351. I believe there are two options, either JBA stainless mid-length or Hi-Po Manifolds.

With your configuration (cable clutch and Borgenson) I would put a set of Hi-Po manifolds on it and never look back.

Made that decision in 06.  Bought a new set from NPD, brushed on a coat of Por-15 Exh paint and they still look great today.  And....everything clears and fits.

BB1


To "Do It Right Once" you must first be prepared to "Do it Over"...and over...and sometimes over again.
 

8/13/2020 6:44 PM  #5


Re: best inexpensive headers for 66 Mustang

I love the sound of long tube headers on a small block V-8 butt...............don't get Patriots and don't get Blackjack!
The Blackjacks fit great butt...........they hang down to about 4 inches of the road..
The Patriots are a nightmare to fit and you need to bash two of the primary pipes almost flat because they just flat-don't-fit!!!
Maybe Hedmans are a little better?!  The set I had on it for nearly 20 years fit great butt......since they came on the car when I bought it and they were rusty X-2 there was no identifying them.
The truth be told............when stuff was made 20+ years ago (mostly in USA) they fit like they were suppose to butt now......there's no pride put into most stuff that's built. "Slang-it-together-and-call-it-close-enough" seems to be the motto.
JBA must be the only headers that fit therefore...............they charge a premium.
6sally6


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8/14/2020 5:07 AM  #6


Re: best inexpensive headers for 66 Mustang

JBAs won't fit with a Borgeson box unless you put a sizeable dent in one of the tubes.  FPA are the ones everyone seems to rave about.  They are not cheap, but in my experience, good exhaust parts aren't cheap.  Cheap means ill fitting and short lived.  Expensive hits the wallet hard initially, but you never buy another set again.

 

8/14/2020 5:49 AM  #7


Re: best inexpensive headers for 66 Mustang

FPA headers are not cheap nor are they inexpensive.

 

8/14/2020 6:53 AM  #8


Re: best inexpensive headers for 66 Mustang

I put FPAs on my car.  They fit very well and are by far the easiest set of headers I've ever installed. I think I had both sides installed in less than 20 minutes, with most of that time spent tightening down the header bolts.

As noted, they aren't cheap, but IMO they are worth every penny.

 

8/14/2020 9:26 AM  #9


Re: best inexpensive headers for 66 Mustang

I agree with Kardad, a set of Hipo manifold properly coated would look good, improve performance and solve a lot of clearance issues. As for sound you can solve that with muffler choice.


"anyone that stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty"Henry Ford
 

8/14/2020 9:42 AM  #10


Re: best inexpensive headers for 66 Mustang

IMHO get the best you can afford and get them coated. As sally stated the cheaper one don't fix right, and from what I have seen they are made with thinner material, meaning the wont last. On my car I have a 351w with headman mid lengths. They tuck up nice, and clear everything  


65 coupe, 351w, c4, power disk brakes, power r&p, vintage air.
 

8/14/2020 5:13 PM  #11


Re: best inexpensive headers for 66 Mustang

Awesome thank you all so much this gives me some avenues to look into.  I appreciate the guidance and recommendations.

     Thread Starter
 

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