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    Posted: 27-September-2017 at 8:39AM
Hello everyone,
 
I just bought a 1978 Ranchero with a 351W. What are your suggestions on headers or should keep the exhaust manifolds?
 
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Jason,
Congrats on your Ranchero purchase. If you are looking for more hp/tq, full length headers will be helpful, although they will add some frustrations along with their efficiency. The drawbacks could be: tighter fitting to steering gear and/or starter, transmission case, transmission selector cable, noisier engine operation(exhaust of course) and etc. My honest suggestion is keep the manifolds unless one/both is cracked, if that is the case headers are usually cheaper than buying a new exhaust manifold. I run Hooker headers on my '79 BB Ranchero but that was due to not finding "good" exhaust manifolds, cam selection and porting the heads(an iron BBF head needs all the exhaust help it can get Wink). The biggest issues with headers are leaks, but using the "right" gaskets makes all the difference. Not sure if this was helpful or not, just being honest.
 
 
BTW, I see you are in Fl, where at in Fl are you located? I am in Summerfield, about 20 minutes south of Ocala.


Edited by aquartlow - 27-September-2017 at 9:37AM
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what are your emissions obligations, or will this be an 'off Wink road' exhaust system?
headers can be hard to find for 1975 and up model years due to the manufacturers compliance responsibilities. past that hurdle you can use headers for previous model years same engine / chassis back to 1972. 1971 was a unibody and the steering was way different too so all bets are off whether those headers will fit 1972+
 
you may already be aware of the bad news, there's not many part numbers available these days
 
and Yes headers can be a real PITA, aquartlow has given some good advice obviously from the university of been there done that, spent a ton & kicked my own Censored doing it.i have a degree around here somewhere myself. i fought a set of Hooker Super Comps for a LOT of years & I'm glad they're too roached to mess with again
 
then there's the rust. they didn't make headers that didn't rust when i started with those Censored, do yourself a favor and pay the $ for a set that's factory coated or stainless steel. it's worth it!
 
they say these fit but y'never know til y'try. regular Competition NOT super try to get them in-tition   
 
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Hello aquartlow,
 
Thank you, Do you know where I could get a hood for my ranchero? I'm going to try to save it but just in case. I live in Fort Myers, FL. I will post pictures of my ranchero soon.
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Hood from a 77-79 Tbird, Cougar, LTD II, and Ranchero are all the same.
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Originally posted by n2fordwagons n2fordwagons wrote:

Hood from a 77-79 Tbird, Cougar, LTD II, and Ranchero are all the same.
 
Jeff,
 If my memory serves me correctly, the 77-79 T-bird/Cougar hoods are a match & the 77-79 LTD II/Ranchero hoods match, but not all 4 will match each other.  
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Originally posted by jdproper73 jdproper73 wrote:

Hello aquartlow,
 
Thank you, Do you know where I could get a hood for my ranchero? I'm going to try to save it but just in case. I live in Fort Myers, FL. I will post pictures of my ranchero soon.
Jason
 
My grandparents used to live in Ft. Myers off of McGregor on the corner of Winkler Rd. and El Mar Ave.  They both passed a few years back Cry, I still have an uncle that lives in Cape Coral, just can't seem to get down there as often as I used to. Try car-part.com for finding your needed parts, I know there is a 77-79 Ranchero near Wildwood, Fl at B & S auto parts, just not sure of hood condition. Not many of these around to scrounge parts off of anymore. Good luck.
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jason i went with JBA #1653S headers on my 351W  they fit pretty well (they aren't cheap--but nice quality!!)
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Originally posted by aquartlow aquartlow wrote:

Originally posted by n2fordwagons n2fordwagons wrote:

Hood from a 77-79 Tbird, Cougar, LTD II, and Ranchero are all the same.
 
Jeff,
 If my memory serves me correctly, the 77-79 T-bird/Cougar hoods are a match & the 77-79 LTD II/Ranchero hoods match, but not all 4 will match each other.  
 
That's right.  It's the doors that are all interchangeable, as long as it's 2-door Cougars and LTD IIs.  Thanks for catching that.
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Originally posted by n2fordwagons n2fordwagons wrote:

Originally posted by aquartlow aquartlow wrote:

Originally posted by n2fordwagons n2fordwagons wrote:

Hood from a 77-79 Tbird, Cougar, LTD II, and Ranchero are all the same.
 
Jeff,
 If my memory serves me correctly, the 77-79 T-bird/Cougar hoods are a match & the 77-79 LTD II/Ranchero hoods match, but not all 4 will match each other.  
 
That's right.  It's the doors that are all interchangeable, as long as it's 2-door Cougars and LTD IIs.  Thanks for catching that.
 
I have "my moments" LOL, although too few to mention.
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