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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-30-2011, 08:05 PM Thread Starter
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Header Headaches

I have a 1976 Mercury Cougar XR7 with a 351 W. I want to find full length headers for it so I can put on a nice dual exhaust system. Problem is I cant find one listed for my car. The closest Ive found was a 74 Torino with a 351C. Anyone know of where else I can look. I did find one or two on Summit but $550+ is to high.
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Re: Header Headaches

Went through the same with my 78 Ranchero 351W. After a lot of head scratching, I went with Hedman #88650 Hedders. Had to do a bit of work extending the flanges but they went in OK.
Shorty ones was the best I could do. Cost <$200.
Full length was going to be custom at $1500.

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I have a 1976 Mercury Cougar XR7 with a 351 W. I want to find full length headers for it so I can put on a nice dual exhaust system. Problem is I cant find one listed for my car. The closest Ive found was a 74 Torino with a 351C. Anyone know of where else I can look. I did find one or two on Summit but $550+ is to high.
you don't need headers to have dual exhaust
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You most likely won't find a listing for your specific application. You want to confirm if the Cougar used the same frame/chassis as the Torino and then look for Torino applications. Is thw steering linkage still behind the wheels on your car? Check out Hooker 6901 and Flowtech 12100 if it is a rear steer set up.

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Re: Header Headaches

i originally had a 289 in my 67 cougar, with headers. swapped out for a built 351w, and used the same headers. possible that 302 headers will work, if that car was available with a 302.

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You can get headers that are optioned for a 72-76 Torino, 72-79 Ranchero, 72-76 Monteigo, 74-76 Elite, 77-79 Thunderbird, 77-79 LTD II. I hope this helps with finding ones that fit correctly, if all else fails go with 302 headers because at the very least those WILL fit, although they will be rather snug fitting and be a bit of a pain when it comes to building the rest of your exhaust.

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Thanx guys, Krehmkej actually had the suggestion I was looking for. An actual part. Although mid 70s Ford intermediates arent usually listed in applications as these, I was concerned with clearances around the shift linkage, and gear box, which I should have mentioned. My 70 Mustang convertible with a 302 has tons of room for headers , my Cougar and Elite do not...Slap myself for a 3am posting. And whats the point of adding dual exhaust w/o headers? Anyways thanx for the help
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Thanx guys, Krehmkej actually had the suggestion I was looking for. An actual part. Although mid 70s Ford intermediates arent usually listed in applications as these, I was concerned with clearances around the shift linkage, and gear box, which I should have mentioned. My 70 Mustang convertible with a 302 has tons of room for headers , my Cougar and Elite do not...Slap myself for a 3am posting. And whats the point of adding dual exhaust w/o headers? Anyways thanx for the help
" whats the point of adding dual exhaust w/o headers ? " Ford , Chry. , GM could best answer that question , they did it on all the real muscle cars .
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I think they stuck with manifolds to make it easier on the assembly line.

Ford may have used Headers on the Fox Body Mustangs but they were crushed and crimped to make them easier to fit.

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I think they stuck with manifolds to make it easier on the assembly line.

Ford may have used Headers on the Fox Body Mustangs but they were crushed and crimped to make them easier to fit.

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chevy trucks also had shorty headers .
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" whats the point of adding dual exhaust w/o headers ? " Ford , Chry. , GM could best answer that question , they did it on all the real muscle cars .
I agree 100%.....

People think Ford was crazy for having the Holleys jetted 66/79 on almost all carbs. Still a great combo today for Muscle Cars.

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I have a 78 cougar and ran into the same problem. I ended up getting FlowTech headers for a late 60's early 70's cougar. I don't remember the exact year but the cost was less than $200
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