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Old 11-24-2020, 12:25 PM   #1
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What headers fit best on a stock 1940 ford? Thank you
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Old 11-24-2020, 01:02 PM   #2
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If you have a basically stock engine, stock cast iron manifolds work well with duals and glass packs. my 40 has this setup for over 30 years. just find a Good muffler shop to make your pipes.
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Old 11-24-2020, 01:24 PM   #3
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Or if you want custom headers try Red's Headers in California. 760 343 2590 I have had them on my '41 for 25 years. No problems.
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Old 11-24-2020, 03:47 PM   #4
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My 40 with the 59AB has Red's.
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Old 11-24-2020, 05:14 PM   #5
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I have Red's and they fit very well.
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Old 11-24-2020, 06:41 PM   #6
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If you are going with headers, as pointed out, Red's is the way to go. They fit perfectly in the '40 coupe with the stock engine, and now with the 59L. Get the exhaust pipes that hook go back from the headers to the mufflers. They fit great especially on the driver's side with the pedal assembly etc. 12" Mellow Tone mufflers available from Van Pelt sales fit in the limited space in the X member on either side. In my case Tubular Automotive in Weymouth MA mandrel bent the tailpipes for it and they were right on the money. I may still have the mock up pipes they first bent to ensure the final ones were right. if so, you could have them bend a set for you from those mockups.
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Old 11-24-2020, 07:21 PM   #7
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Another vote for Red's.
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Old 11-24-2020, 08:34 PM   #8
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If you are going with headers, as pointed out, Red's is the way to go. They fit perfectly in the '40 coupe with the stock engine, and now with the 59L. Get the exhaust pipes that hook go back from the headers to the mufflers. They fit great especially on the driver's side with the pedal assembly etc. 12" Mellow Tone mufflers available from Van Pelt sales fit in the limited space in the X member on either side. In my case Tubular Automotive in Weymouth MA mandrel bent the tailpipes for it and they were right on the money. I may still have the mock up pipes they first bent to ensure the final ones were right. if so, you could have them bend a set for you from those mockups.
WOW! I haven't heard that name in years, had no idea they were still around. "Tubey Dick" made me a set of "spaghetti" headers for a 351 Cleveland back in the mid '70's.
that said, absolutely phenomenal work !

Still have their sticker on my toolbox

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Old 11-28-2020, 01:27 AM   #9
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Ditto for Red's
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Old 11-29-2020, 04:51 AM   #10
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Default Re: 1940 ford headers

didnt say if stock or modified for basicly stock or high useage , dont think you can beat a set of fentons cast iron hold the heat inside [tube style dump a lot of heat in the engine bay] the note is just a bit more mellow than tube and seem realy suited to part throttle usage [cruising]
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Old 11-30-2020, 02:06 AM   #11
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Just a note; Two local V8ers had their clutch pedal arm hit their exhaust pipes coming thru the X member. Bit of work to fix this interference problem. Newc
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Old 11-30-2020, 07:55 PM   #12
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I did have the Reds pipe that went from the header to muffler hit my clutch arm, but all I had to do was to rotate the pipe. The original pipe was cut off after header.


https://www.fordbarn.com/forum/showthread.php?t=285135

Even though I fixed the pipe I still used the new one from Reds.
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Old 12-06-2020, 11:43 AM   #13
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I like the idea of reds headers. I am guessing the exhaust is the same for a 1941 ford v8 and a 1951 motor? My car came with a 1951 ford motor.
Just curious if more important to order for car year or motor year.
I also like the idea of just using the stock cast iron header and changing to dual exhaust.
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Old 12-06-2020, 12:48 PM   #14
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All flathead headers will bolt to all flathead blocks (V8-60's and 337 Lincolns excepted). The difference is in the chassis, particularly, the steering box. I have Fenton cast iron headers on my '51 Ford. According to common knowledge, they are NOT supposed to fit "shoebox" Fords, but I got them in with some careful configuration of the drivers exhaust pipe. I also had them in a '36 Ford with a '50 Merc engine. That car had a '37 steering box, and it took some judicious grinding on both the steering box and the headers to make them fit. In retrospect, I think a little pre-planning on the motor mounts and engine position would have eliminated the need for any modifications.

I really like the Fenton headers. One of their benefits is longevity. I installed them on my '51 in 1987. When I changed the engine a couple of years ago, a close inspection on the exhaust system showed it to still be in excellent condition.
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