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Old 10-12-2002, 01:34 PM
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Post 302 in 62 Fairlane Help!

I HAVE A 1962 FAIRLANE AND HAVE MANAGED TO PLACE A 302 IN IT. BUT NOW IM HAVING ALOT OF TROUBLE FINDING ANY ONE WHO WILL DO THE EXHAUST FOR ME. ONE GUY SAYS THAT THE MANIFOLDS ON THE ENGINE DO NOT LEAVE AENOUGH CLEARANCE FOR THE EXHAUST TO BE PUT IN ESPECIALLY WITH THE LINKAGES IN THE WAY....HE SUGGESTED HEADERS FROM A 87 OR 88 MUSTANG GT...BUT IM WORRIED ABOUT THE SPACE....CAN THIS BE DONE CUZ IM REAL RESTRICTED ON SPACE TO THE SIDES OF THE ENGINE IM OPEN TO SUGGESTIONS.....THE ENGINE IS A 302 OFF A 1980 T-BIRD. PLEASE HELP IM LOOKING AT THE LEAST EXPENSIVE WAY TO DO THIS.

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Kinda of a tight chassis, isn't it?

Anyways, the exhaust manifolds off the BIRD is most likely what is making them mad. And I imagine you have a column shift (auto or manual).
  • First, you may (most likely will) have to install a floor shifter.
  • You have a choice of either origional exhaust manifolds (with Y-Pipe and single exhaust).
  • A set of 289 HiPo exhaust manifolds (available quality repro).
  • <a href="http://www.hedman.com/pages/hedmanmain.html" target="_blank">-Hedman Headers-</a> makes a shorty set for the 1963 to 1973 Fairlane body. PN 88400.

I would talk with their TechLine before ordering as the 1962 apron was just a little narrower than the 1963. The 1962 apron was later supersceded (crash replacement) to the 1963. So see if there is any problem there.

Same with the 289 Hipo's. They were designed for the 1963 aprons. There are kits available to widen the spring towers. You might have to go this route.

Talk to Hedman Monday and let us know what they say.
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Old 10-12-2002, 02:50 PM
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If you're having a muffler guy bend you up pipes, he can make you duals with the stock manifolds (not the bird ones, but the early ones). The later manifolds are cast thicker for the heat generated from the hotter engine temps created by the emission settings and could cramp the benders style.
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