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Trouble fitting Fenton Headers to '40 Ford

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by D Staig, Aug 29, 2013.

  1. D Staig
    Joined: Oct 23, 2007
    Posts: 186

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    I'm fitting some Fenton Headers i bought from Speedway to my '40 coupe, but the left side won't actually fit, its fouling with the steering box. Looks like it needs about an extra 1/2 inch of clearance. My front engine mounts are pretty worn so the motor might be sitting a little lower than it should be, but even if i replace the mounts i think it will still be a very tight fit.

    Has anyone else had this problem?
     
  2. Pewsplace
    Joined: Feb 10, 2007
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    Dave, they should fit but are real tight. I have only used the original Fentons so I don't know about Repos. Since your car is stock I would see if you could raise the motor a little in the front. I will look up a photo for you.
    Lynn
     
  3. 40FordGuy
    Joined: Mar 24, 2008
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    Definitely tight...but should go in. What steering box are you using ? I'm using a Vega in my '40, and have about 1/2" clearance.

    4TTRUK
     
  4. Alex Yohnk
    Joined: Sep 7, 2005
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    Sell the fentons and call red's headers.
     

  5. 36tbird
    Joined: Feb 1, 2005
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    Some guys have resorted to milling the mounting flanges a little bit, too. Might have to grind a bit off the header at the point of interference. Really it takes a combination of all the above to make clearance.
     
  6. CTaulbert
    Joined: Apr 8, 2007
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    from Detroit

    Not sure if you saw my Instagram response yet.....

    Make sure you have your chatter rods installed and tightened. I was in the same boat as you with the just the engine and trans resting in place. I was almost to the point of milling the flanges to gain more clearance before finding out the engine was naturally resting too far forward.
     
  7. D Staig
    Joined: Oct 23, 2007
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    Thanks Lynn! I've swapped the mounts for new ones but its still too tight...
     
  8. D Staig
    Joined: Oct 23, 2007
    Posts: 186

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    Hey Cory, yeah i got your instagram reply this morning, i really appreciate it. I have chatter rods installed. Funny i was thinking of milling the flanges and shimming the motor last night...I've just had a quick look now and it seems the motor might be off centre to the left by about 3/16 of an inch (5/8 difference total). I guess centring the motor would be my next port of call...
     

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