Header Question 66 Coupe


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Jan 4, 2014
I have a 66 Coupe that I have a 84 302 for it. What would be the best header for it with an automatic transmission. I know some have clearance issues. I don't want to use manifold because they always seems to have leaks.


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Do you have factory power steering? Or an aftermarket rack and pinion? Any plans on upgrading to either in the future? Or to a Manual?

Those will need to be answered before you purchase a set, or you will be buying another set later. The shorty style headers are pretty much a guarantee to fit any thing.

For long style headers with factory power steering, you will need a power steering cylinder drop bracket. This is not big deal, just a few bolts to lower the P/S cylinder to make room for the header.

If not, any decent quality header made for a 66 289 (since they didn't come with 302) will work. The 84 302 should be dimensionally same to a 66 289.

The biggest recomendations I can give you is - DO NOT GET A CHEAP HEADER! THEY WILL LEAK, AND THEY WILL RUST QUICKLY.

Try to find one with a 3/8 header flange, and a good coating. If you dont want a ceramic coating, you can skip this and paint it yorself with some header paint.

Also if possible get a ball type socket at the collector. The 3 bolt flanges warp and will leak. Some have 3/8 inch flanges at the collector, those should be ok.

This brand is one of the more expensive, but the quality is there, and they will give you a header that fits and tucks up nicely to the floor boards. check out FPA, Ford Power train. I run their headers on my 69.

Excellent Fit, quality, and coating. They have 3/8 flanges, with ball sockets on the collector, and came with good quality header gaskets.
And my favorite part is that I could Properly get a 3/8 inch socket on all of the header bolts when installing - a very rare occurrence with almost any other header.

If you are going from stock manifolds, you will need to get some 3/8 inch ARP header bolts. If you have aluminum heads, use anti seize on them. Re check torque a few times after the install, then periodically during regular maintenance.