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Make Your Own Fender-Wall Headers

Without A Tubing Bender

By Steve Magnante, Photography by Steve Magnante

There's no meaner look than a set of fender-wall headers hanging down behind your car's front tires. Sure, you'll need to slash away some factory tin to get clearance, but you'll also gain the benefits of simplified exhaust routing, the elimination of header-to-front suspension-interference hassles, and better engine breathing.

Watch as we cobble a set of mean tubes for this crazy Cammer-powered, altered-wheelbase, straight-axle '81 Fairmont sedan. We did it ourselves for about $350 in materials--a far cry from the $1,500 quote we got from an exhaust fabrication shop. Even if you think your ride doesn't need the in-your-face factor of fender walls, the techniques shown here can be adapted to the construction of conventional under car headers, too. Feed your head.

SOURCES
Ford Racing Performance Parts
15021 Commerce Drive S
Suite 200
Dearborn
MI  48120
800-FOR-D788
http://www.fordracingparts.com
Summit Racing
Akron
OH
800-230-3030
330-630-0240
http://www.summitracing.com/
Sean Hyland Motorsports
691 Jack Ross Ave
Woodstock
519-421-2291
www.seanhylandmotorsport.com
JBA Headers
7149 Mission Gorge Rd.
Ste. D
San Diego
CA  92120
909-599-5955
www.jbaheaders.com
By Steve Magnante
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55 comments
Age Cobra
Age Cobra

It is on Fox body chasic like the Mustang.

Brian Scarbs
Brian Scarbs

amazing work on a car thats neglected and overlooked at having any cool in it. i can dig it. its for fun. not for period correct exactly the way it was back in the day. i hope people realize that

Ryan Schu
Ryan Schu

Love the headers! Hate the car! Why not a Granada if you're going to put all that work into something heinous? Boo Ford!

Parker Cellmer
Parker Cellmer

Yea did it once with a 67 fairlane and a 429cj.... NEVER again!!!

Rafał Sz
Rafał Sz

why gassers have so high chassis?

Larry Fogle
Larry Fogle

Its sad how much header cost, $350 and you had to build them

Jd Orr
Jd Orr

Gasser. Way to destroy a car with potential

Gary Soares
Gary Soares

Het todd why are you looking at it. Must be another closet FORD FAN. YOUR CHEVYS SUCK.

Todd Rayborn
Todd Rayborn

Give me a Chevy or give me death . This thing is ugly

Terry Burris
Terry Burris

funny to see a ford do a mopar trick.lol it's kool

Michael Davis
Michael Davis

Thats kewl. I would drive it. altered wheel base and stacks. Bam sucker. Olin Bay

Thomas Cochran
Thomas Cochran

How else would I get hedders for a BBC fox body.

James Potter
James Potter

$350 for homebuilt? I built my own 2 inch primary fenderwell exits for my Ranger drag truck using a set of Jegs altered headers for BBC. I cut them up, used some old 351C 4V flanges to bolt them to my 351 C in a 2000 Ranger. They look great, and I have about 115 shipped in them, not counting my labor, which is always free.

Bryan Hipsky
Bryan Hipsky

gotta give him credit for the engneering on the not so typical car !!!

Scott Marot
Scott Marot

One of my favorite hotwheels cars was a fastback fairmont. Bout this year too!

Scott Brown
Scott Brown

Some people don't get it but I do ..I say bad ass !!

Tristan Long
Tristan Long

I say a blue wagon dragster with a 430 Windsor v8. I think that one was cooler.

Scott Kirk
Scott Kirk

I understand gassers when used in a car around then I just don't understand doing it to a no period correct car ...

Michael Mauro
Michael Mauro

4.6 03 cobra with hilborn injection. Accel dfi ignition. Pretty tame build

Chuck Clute
Chuck Clute

The thing I don't get is the car it self..I understand the theme,BUT the bias-ply tires? The rims?Its a newer style of body and newer style of engine,its OK to carry over the ALTERED WHEEL-BASE theme but why not run rims an tires that reflect the age of the car?Its as if someone wanted an old sixties car but couldn't efford to buy one...so they took this 79-80ish car and built it..I think it would be coolest if the wheel-tire package were reflective of the late seventys??

Michael Mauro
Michael Mauro

Yes I have my 67 belvedere stored at his house and he is currently swapping out the rear suspension to Mopar super stock springs and wait for some electronics from Sean hyland. I may swing by tonight I'll try to post some pics

Jesse Meza
Jesse Meza

That's like a beautiful girls face (engine) with an ugly ass body (fairmont). Very cool

Dan Hendershot
Dan Hendershot

I know what you mean. Still haven't figured out why a car sitting 3 feet in the air is considered cool.

Johnny Baker
Johnny Baker

This thing is a barf mobile. No offense Steve, I know you're mechanically brilliant but idk about your taste dude. Are you trying to NOT get laid?

Dan Hendershot
Dan Hendershot

no, not if costs that much. I'd still have to buy a welder to do it with.

Ericson Salmo
Ericson Salmo

Is that Steve Magnante's altered wheelbase Fairmont?

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