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Old 02-17-2013, 05:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok so its time for some headers that fit. I have the gt-40p heads and im finally tired of taking of a header to swap plugs. I think I have settled on
The Sanderson FF3GTS header set is designed to fit small block Ford 289-302 engines in 1964-68 Ford Mustangs using GT40 cylinder heads
for $300 they add an extra 170 for ceramic coating.... Is it worth it?
I was torn between the bbk shorties but couldn't find 100% that they would work with the gt40p's

before I get a dozen "you should do this instead" I currently have long tubes but I am going to be lowering the car and am concerned about ground clearance and I am dropping in a tko500 soon and have concerns about cable linkage issues. Which is why I have settled on shortys. This will be more of a weekend driver so a few HP loss on the shortys is not going to be a big concern.
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Old 02-17-2013, 06:08 PM   #3 (permalink)
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can you get to the spark plugs with bbk shorties? not sure I read any thing that was definitive. I see a lot of people posting pictures with the engines out of cars. saying they think it will be fine.
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Hey blue1967,

If your going to keep the car for a while and enjoy it, then go the extra mile and get the ceramic coating. I think you'll be glad you did.

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Ok so its time for some headers that fit. I have the gt-40p heads and im finally tired of taking of a header to swap plugs. I think I have settled on
The Sanderson FF3GTS header set is designed to fit small block Ford 289-302 engines in 1964-68 Ford Mustangs using GT40 cylinder heads
for $300 they add an extra 170 for ceramic coating.... Is it worth it?
I was torn between the bbk shorties but couldn't find 100% that they would work with the gt40p's

before I get a dozen "you should do this instead" I currently have long tubes but I am going to be lowering the car and am concerned about ground clearance and I am dropping in a tko500 soon and have concerns about cable linkage issues. Which is why I have settled on shortys. This will be more of a weekend driver so a few HP loss on the shortys is not going to be a big concern.
very happy with my FOX spec shorties that are ceramic coated from UPR. I'd spring for the coating if it were me.
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I have those exact Sanderson ceramic coated headers waiting for our 5.0 HO with GT 40P heads in the basement, they are great!!

I would get the ceramic coated ones as they will look better longer, and not rust out as quick.
It is well worth the extra cost and they look much better then plain steel that will rust quickly and look like crap or painted ones that will look like crap later and rust any way.

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I have those exact ceramic coated headers waiting for our 5.0 HO with GT 40P heads in the basement, they are great!!
Yep, they look as good as new after 1000 miles this summer. Jeremy treated us very well at UPR--highly recommend them.
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Yep, they look as good as new after 1000 miles this summer. Jeremy treated us very well at UPR--highly recommend them.
Sorry, I should have specified that I have the Sanderson headers posted above.
I'm glad to hear the ceramic coat lasts long thought!!
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hum..... hate to be wishy washy but BBK's are $300 ceramic coated. That $170 bucks cheaper. Part number BBK-15150 in summit. is any one running these? Spark plug issues?
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But do they fit GT40P heads
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hum..... hate to be wishy washy but BBK's are $300 ceramic coated. That $170 bucks cheaper. Part number BBK-15150 in summit. is any one running these? Spark plug issues?
Those fit '86-'93 Mustang GT cars NOT Vintage cars as the Sanderson headers fit vintage cars.

You will have issues with those BBKs fitting a vintage car as they are not designed to fit a vintage car.

Those Sandersons you posted are designed to fit both GT40P heads AND vintage cars together.
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100% get them coated, besides the fact that they look good, they dramatically lowered under-hood temps. Also, if you need to work in the engine bay after the car has been running for awhile they cool down way faster.
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Absolutely coat them, look better, last longer and keeps temps down under hood.

The only downside is additional cost and I never heard a guy say they "wish they hadn't"
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Well since no one has posted "you should be doing this", I guess you still have 11 more to go before you get to a dozen. If ground clearance is your largest concern, along with fitment, then you would be doing yourself a disservice if you at least didn't check out FPA. Stan's headers have the most clearance in the business. Worth a call and a look see.
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Old 02-17-2013, 11:24 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Stan's looks pretty nice they just seem to be quite a bit higher then the ones I listed. My budget on headers is about $400
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