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Old 10-16-2019, 09:30 AM   #1
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Helo, I have a 1940 Ford Coupe with 59 AB engine and stock steering box. I would like to know if shorty center headers can be placed. thank for your help!!!
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Old 10-16-2019, 11:33 AM   #2
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The only ones that fit properly will be those from Red's Headers specific for the '40 or the ones from Speedway that fit a '40 with the Vega steering box.
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Old 10-16-2019, 01:09 PM   #3
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I've got the 59AB and Red's headers, plenty of clearance.
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Old 10-16-2019, 04:05 PM   #4
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thanks guys!!
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Old 10-16-2019, 05:14 PM   #5
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Per a 56 HOT ROD Flathead article " HOW TO BUILD A FLATHEAD MOTOR"if you have a basically stock engine, stock manifolds work quite well.
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Old 10-16-2019, 07:12 PM   #6
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cast or tube ??? i run fentons runs great and the cast headers dont dump excess heat into the eng bay
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Old 10-16-2019, 07:14 PM   #7
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Fenton cast iron headers will fit.
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Old 10-16-2019, 07:46 PM   #8
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Guys, check out his original post; he is talking "center dumps". I have never done it in a car, but i have a set I use on the flatheads I run on my engine stand. From what I have seen (I have a set of Fenton's on my '51 which weren't supposed to fit), the center dumps will interfere big time with the steering box. I may be wrong, but I'd check carefully.

BTW the stainless center dumps I have on my test stand are very nice; even though they were made in China. You can buy a set for less than $100. Although the headers were great, the bolts that came with them were metric and didn't work at all. After I replaced them with the proper sized header bolts, it only took a little modification to make everything work fine. Why they would supply the wrong bolts is just beyond me; it's like a 99 yard drive by a football team, just to fumble on the 1 yard line. I guess they have accountants screwing things up in China too.
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Old 10-24-2019, 09:56 AM   #9
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Fenton cast iron headers will fit.
And fentons fit & are period correct for a hot rod
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Old 10-24-2019, 10:52 AM   #10
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I have Fenton headers on my 41 Ford pick up and am very happy with them. Worth the xtra money.
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Old 10-24-2019, 10:55 AM   #11
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I have them on my '51 Coupe (I know, they're not supposed to fit shoeboxes) and am very happy with them. I installed the system in 1987. When I changed engines two years ago, I looked the exhaust system over carefully. It was still in excellent shape.
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