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Old 08-08-2004, 11:53 AM
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Question Headers for Ford 390 FE

Does anyone know where I can buy headers for a 1961 Thunderbird 390 FE Engine? Dumb question: What does FE stand for?

Thanks, Joe

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i didn't see a t-bird listed at my usual sources.... the falcon, mustang, etc, had really tight engine compartments, a set for one of those cars might fit, no idea for sure though.

FE , depending on who your talking to, or which book your reading, stand for Ford Engine, Ford Edsel, FE (chemical symbol for iron) and my favorite, F'n 'Eavy
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Old 08-08-2004, 02:15 PM
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Thanks Crazy, I kinda like the last definition. I'll check into the header ideas but there's not much road clearance.
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There is a man, the duke of url, he is big into old fords, mercs, and lincolns, i bet he'd know where to find a set. check back later.
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I don't know of anyone that made headers for the 61/63 BIRD as they were more of a luxury ride. The engine compartment is too small to use much anything else. Didn't you say you were exchanging engine cradles in an earlier post? What would be bitc!n would be able to open the side rails up enough to use the early (61/64) FORD cast headers. Now that would be class...

Otherwise, you will have to have a set made up...



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Thanks for the info. I kinda thought the space would be too small. I am exchanging the whole front subframe (rust) with a good one out of a 62 coupe. The candy would be a wonderful addition but right now I'll be using a Barry Grant 750 mounted on an Edelbrock manifold with a Mallory Unilite distributor.

You mentioned cast headers what models did these come on? What should be the "search" in ebay be?

Thanks again, Joe
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Exclamation

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In 1958, there were three new engine families released. These engines crossed brands.

FE is FORD-EDSEL. The 332/352 was released for FORD and the 361 for the FORD based EDSEL.

MEL is MERCURY-EDSEL-LINCOLN. The 383/430was released for MERC, the 410 for the MERC based EDSEL and the 430 for LINC.

The third group was called SUPER-DUTY and included the 401/477/534 gasoline engines for heavy truck.



Am Looking For Factory/Aftermarket Speed Parts For The MEL (Merc-Edsel-Linc-TBird) Engine Family (383-410-430-462) Produced From 1958 To 1968

-MEL Engine Forum-

Also Early FORD Special Service Tools

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You mentioned cast headers what models did these come on? What should be the "search" in ebay be?
They were only released on HI-PO engines from 60/64.

1960 352/360HP
1961 390/375HP
1962 406
63/34 406 and 427

They are cast iron and actually appear to be tubing headers. I guess search for GALAXY HI-PO Exhaust Manifolds. Might be hard to come by. They are way too large for the BIRD. You would have to do some serous modifications.

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You are the man!!!! Looks like std. manifolds. I really appreciate your time and especially your knowledge.

Joe

P.S thanks for the link.
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SURPRISE...SURPRISE...SURPRISE!

-FORD POWER ACCESSORIES-

61/66 TBIRD FE Shortys



Notice they have the dual pattern exhuast flanges also.
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Kultulz I said it before and I'm saying it again - You're the man!!!

I just talked to FPA the and got all the info on the headers. They know of a set being put on a '62 Bird and fit just fine. Thanks for your time. I'm certainly a happy puppy now.
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I figured that it would get your spirits up...

Don't forget...need pictures...
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What is the procedure to post pictures of my project progress? At the moment I'm in the process of completely stripping my parts car (62 coupe). I will be removing the front clip, cowl, rear fenders, and trunk lip area for use on the 61 convertible. If there is anyone out there who needs front, rear, and trunk OEM gauge floor pans that are rust free I have them. The coupe is a southern car and once I have the interior removed I can take pictures because they really are in excellent shape. I may need the passenger front pan because the 61 convertible's heater core caused minor rust. I'll have to see once I get into the convert.
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See the heading -PROJECT JOURNALS- under the top heading at the top of the board? Just click on that and it will give you instructions.

Sounds like the donor car is in good shape. Are you redoing a convertible?

Hey Joe,

You might want to list whatever you have left over -here- to let them get first crack at the solid metal.

Thanks...

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Yes, I'm restoring a 1961 Tbird Convertible. Believe it or not I've not taken any full view pictures only a ton of close ups as I've torn it up.

This is a picture of my last project and now it's my wife's toy. It was taken before I put ZR1 chrome wheels on it.
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They were only released on HI-PO engines from 60/64.

1960 352/360HP
1961 390/375HP
1962 406
63/34 406 and 427

They are cast iron and actually appear to be tubing headers. I guess search for GALAXY HI-PO Exhaust Manifolds. Might be hard to come by. They are way too large for the BIRD. You would have to do some serous modifications.
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