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Post  ustahava67 on February 7th 2014, 6:19 pm

Hello Folks, I am swaping my 86 Mustang from a small block over to a 501 BBF/ Glide combo. I already have the Hooker swap headers and be getting a set of Motorplates (front & mid) from Keith Fulp.
I was wondering if the headers will clear a glide with an ultrabell?
Also if they will clear a deep pan?
I already built the Glide but have not ordered the motorplates or a converter yet.
I will have to run a trans sheild also as I race at an NHRA track.
Insight from those have gone there before would be helpful. Thanks, Daniel
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Post  biglucky on February 7th 2014, 11:36 pm

I have Keith's midplate with the glide and ultra bell. I had the hooker swap headers for my Fairmont and the best thing I ever done was get rid of them. Save yourself a lot of time and trouble and buy a set with individual tubes with slip on collectors. This is just my opinion and my experience.
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Post  ustahava67 on February 7th 2014, 11:49 pm

I appreciate the opinion and input.
Were you able to make the Hookers work?... Difficult I can live with for a season. If they are impossible I may have put the swap off for a another year
I have the same problem as many others out there do...Little to No $. The dang hookers are paid for and in the shop Wink
I would really like to go with a larger header and ind. tubes but this thing is killin' me moneywise. I still have not pulled the trigger on yanking the Small Block out yet. It's a solid 10.70 combo now. I have the 501 on the engine stand waiting
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Post  whatbumper on February 8th 2014, 12:47 am

We don't sell the ultra bell because of header clearance unless someone really wants it.  The QuickTime bell cost more but is smaller for clearance.

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Post  richter69 on February 8th 2014, 12:52 am

front exit ftw.....
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Post  ustahava67 on February 8th 2014, 1:56 am

richter69 wrote:front exit ftw.....
I have seriously considered this route but I don't have the welding skills to fab my own
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Post  biglucky on February 8th 2014, 11:51 am

I made them work but and used them for two seasons. Just keep your eye out for a good set of individual tubes.
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Post  bigblockfox468 on February 9th 2014, 2:15 pm

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Post  ustahava67 on February 9th 2014, 3:49 pm

Thanks for the link Smile I actually searched for it before I posted the question but I got no hits. I remembered seeing it a couple of years ago when I made the decision to put in a 385 engine. I'll be getting the plates in the next couple of weeks and barring any more side jobs I'll start the process In & Out& Measure x2 and Cut& In & Out& Measure......Till It's done
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Post  bigjohn2007 on March 1st 2014, 2:07 pm

biglucky wrote:I have Keith's midplate with the glide and ultra bell. I had the hooker swap headers for my Fairmont and the best thing I ever done was get rid of them. Save yourself a lot of time and trouble and buy a set with individual tubes with slip on collectors. This is just my opinion and my experience.
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Post  dfree383 on March 2nd 2014, 2:58 pm

Got to watch the hooker headers an mid plates, they won't clear most mid plates from my expriance.

Also got to watch some headers for deep pan clearance with a pg trans
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