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gauge interest in repop Fenton split manifold for inline 6 ford

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by krag4201, May 7, 2012.

  1. krag4201
    Joined: Jul 9, 2007
    Posts: 27


    I currently have a NOS Fenton cast iron split exhaust manifold for the 215/223 Ford inline six being reverse engineered so that I can have new castings made. I've invested a ton of money in this project and was wondering that if I do move forward (I am in negotiations with a foundry as I write this) what the interest in these would be? They'll be pricey but not ridiculously so as I want to have these made in the US and not China probably a run of around 50 sets minimum. I also have the aluminum dual carb intake I'm thinking of doing as well as a set of Fenton manifolds for a Y block Ford. I am trying to contact the man who owns the Edmunds/Fenton names but worse comes to worse I'll repop these without markings. What do you think? anyone interested? I am not soliciting funds but will have to sell every set to recover my investment Let me know
  2. TKEBH964
    Joined: Jul 15, 2008
    Posts: 216

    from MO

    I am definately interested, but also very short on cash so I probably wouldnt be able to buy anything for a while...
  3. Shotdowninflames
    Joined: Dec 29, 2010
    Posts: 21

    from Milwaukee

    I'd be interested if the price was comparable to Clifford's header. Keep us posted!
  4. Gromit
    Joined: Oct 13, 2011
    Posts: 726


    Sounds a great idea.. I don't own anything they would fit mind you, but one day...

  5. bohica2xo
    Joined: Mar 6, 2012
    Posts: 153

    from Las Vegas

    That is a heck of a project. I hope you get positive responses, perhaps the Y block has more interest than the I6?

    Best of luck

  6. cederholm
    Joined: May 6, 2006
    Posts: 1,621


    I'm a Chevy IL6 guy (cause that's what I've got, I like Fords too) and I LOVE my Fentons. I can't imagine any IL6 Ford owner NOT wanting one.

    Cool project - good luck with it!
  7. I am interested as well....can you give a ballpark estimate of prices?
  8. FiddyFour
    Joined: Dec 31, 2004
    Posts: 9,008


    i'd be interested in a set if they were done right, but to compare a set of clifford headers to a set of fenton split manifolds... nah, no way are they in the same league. the fenton pieces reign far superior
  9. 58Darlene
    Joined: Mar 29, 2009
    Posts: 152


    I'd be interested if the price was right!
  10. Curt B
    Joined: Oct 15, 2009
    Posts: 325

    Curt B

    I can't help but think if this was economically viable Patrick Dykes would have done it already.
  11. greaseyknight
    Joined: Sep 27, 2010
    Posts: 225

    from Burley WA

    Well their is some interest out there, a set of originals just went for 800 bucks over on the 'bay'
  12. 60galaxieJJ
    Joined: Dec 24, 2009
    Posts: 1,525


    I'd be interested on both the intake and exhaust
  13. dont do it keep your money
    it is easy to build things, but hard to sell them
    i built tooling and made JD 2cyl tractor mufflers sold a couple and basically dumped the rest, proabbly put about $800in stamping tooling that i made
    everyone told me to build them but hardly sold any
    trust me i learned the hard way
  14. Huntfamily53
    Joined: Jan 12, 2007
    Posts: 43

    from AZ

    Curious as to price, but you now have my interest...
  15. I would be interested if the quality is good and the price is reasonable.
  16. I'm in. I want one. Email me when I can buy one!
    John James
  17. wink61
    Joined: Mar 25, 2012
    Posts: 4


    Interested, what price range?
  18. craigibc
    Joined: Apr 20, 2008
    Posts: 188


    I'd be careful about doing that. Speedway Engineering has a trademark on Fenton exhaust manifolds and holds exclusive rights of use. I wouldn't want to see you go through all that hard work to get to production and then receive cease-and-desist letters from their attorneys. It would fall under "trade-dress infringement". Not raining on your parade, but thought you should know.

  19. Crookshanks
    Joined: Dec 16, 2010
    Posts: 280


    Keep 'em generic and priced under Clifford's and you'll move 'em. I'd be in.
  20. FiddyFour
    Joined: Dec 31, 2004
    Posts: 9,008


    i dont think clifford even makes headers or intakes for 223 series engines any longer... cant find em on their website
  21. forty1fordpickup
    Joined: Aug 20, 2008
    Posts: 292


    Clifford still has 215-223 tube headers. See page 15 of their online catalog. A couple of months ago one of the early Ford vendors showed a cast iron header for pickups. I have not found that one on a recent search though.

    I have a '53 Courier with a 215" six with an Offy dual intake and a Fenton split header. This system collects to a single 2.5" pipe just forward of a 24" long bullet style glass pack. Perfomance is very good for a engine originally rated at 101 HP. If Krag produces a repro you will like it.
    Last edited: Aug 15, 2012
  22. forty1fordpickup
    Joined: Aug 20, 2008
    Posts: 292


    I linked this tread over on the Fordsix forum. There might be some interest there.
  23. oltruckag
    Joined: Aug 13, 2009
    Posts: 114


    I'm interested if the price is reasonable...
  24. bubba22349
    Joined: Oct 30, 2005
    Posts: 62


    I have been hunting for a used set of 223 Fenton's for a few years!
  25. krag4201
    Joined: Jul 9, 2007
    Posts: 27


    I'm looking into this still of course the logo would have to come off. I paid $2800 dollars for my NOS setup so far prices are going to be high just to break even I'll let you know.
  26. jax59
    Joined: Feb 20, 2010
    Posts: 52

    from nor cal

    how about a repoped 2x1 intake similer to the fenton
  27. I'm all in for intake AND exhaust manifolds! I care not about the logo! Hope to hear from you soon!
  28. Clifford does still make the headers for the 54 Fords. Search for 53-0030 for the cars and 53-0020 for the trucks. I just bought a set of 53-0030's
  29. Clifford does still make them, I just bought a set for my Inline 6, 223, 54 Customline. The part number is 53-0030 for car and 53-0020 for truck. Give them a call.

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