Opinions Wanted: 66 Exhaust Setup
This topic seems to be one that is discussed off and on in this group
(given what I've found using Google), but I thought I would bring it up
yet again for fresh opinions on my situation. I've just upgraded to a
T-5 tranny, and with things moving around slightly, the custom exhaust
setup that I had installed when I got the car is no longer usable.
Since I'm starting over, I would like to replace the stock exhaust
manifolds with headers at this point. So, I was thinking of a setup
something like the following:
Heddman or Hooker or Tri-Y Long Tube Headers (ceramic coated)
Dr. Gas Crossover
66 Mustang Coupe (this is my daily driver):
- Originally a 6-cylinder, 3-spd manual. Now a 289 with a 5-spd T-5.
- Kept original 3-spd bell-housing with original solid clutch linkage.
- Manual steering
- Manual drum brakes all around. I would like to upgrade to front disc
brakes in the future.
- Some increased horsepower
- Support for future engine mods (in other words, I want the exhaust
setup to help and not hinder horsepower as I do future work on the
engine, without having to upgrade the exhaust again)
- Keep the ability to change plugs easily (and keep other similar
maintenance as easy as it is today)
Do Not Wants:
- Maintenance & leakage issues with the headers themselves
- Ground Clearance issues
- Clutch linkage clearance issues
What do you think? Does anyone have a similar setup that they've
installed and know doesn't have fit issues.....I don't really want to
have to mess with bending/moving the clutch linkage around just to fit
the headers. Any opinions on which headers? At this point I've ruled
out shorty headers since I don't really want to make changing plugs a
pain, but if you know of a set that doesn't cause that problem, then I
would love to hear about it.
Any and all opinions welcomed!