Yes I too have had some lousy experiences with headers. I finally just decided to use manifolds for street use when I can. I have had z-bar clearance problems on older Fords with clutches, leak issues, premature rust through, etc., etc.. What works nice on a windsor is a factory performance manifold from ford motorsports, looks like a shorty header and bolts to front pipes like stock manifolds. Headers are nice but unless we're talking serious machine or something going to the track every weekend I'll stick with manifolds. I opened up my front pipes to 2 1/2 inches into a pair of flowmasters, over the rear end, then to 3 inch out the back, with manifolds. Sounds great, never leaks, and that little 302 has no problem smokin' the tires and chirpin' second out of a C4 trans. Just another opinion.
[ May 13, 2002: Message edited by: dmorris1200 ]</p>