Ford Mustang Forum banner

Cable clutch friendly long tube headers?

1227 Views 8 Replies 4 Participants Last post by  Dark
I'm going to post this in 5.0 and classic tech since it applies to both.
(Cross posting not allowed, removed by moderator)

What I have:
I have '65 mustang with a '86 302 block with '85 mustang HO heads and a '95 T5 I added in. I originally had Headman long tube headers that were set up for the manual shift linkage on my old 3 speed.

My issue:
When I added the T5 I switched from manual linkage to a cable clutch but this puts the cable running through the headers(like the manual linkage did). And even with heat shielding it's just to hot and starting to melt the linkage shield(which is what I figured would happen).

I decided my best bet would be to change headers from the '65 long tubes to '85 long tubes(in most cases the '95 headers were the same part number). I know that some '85 mustangs had standard transmissions with cable clutch. The issue is the Flowtech headers I bought must be for an automatic as it puts the tubes in direct path with the shift fork.

Does anyone know of any cable clutch friendly long tube headers for this engine/transmission set up or would it be easier to get 5/8 tubing and modify my headmans? I'm not trying to break my bank with $900 headers either, I'd like to keep cost around $200. Anyone got any input on this?

Also the Flow Tech's were a horrendous fit, One tube sticks out 3inches for no apparent reason...
1 - 1 of 9 Posts
I would like to just make a note of something that I found out after I went with a hydraulic T/O bearing. What I did not realize was that the T/O bearing ( a Ram) does not have an external free play adjustment. You have to remove the transmission and change shims behind the T/O to change the free travel and range of travel.

Not saying you should not go with a hydraulic T/O or that all hydraulic T/O bearings are adjusted the same. Just giving you a heads up on what I ran into.

1 - 1 of 9 Posts
This is an older thread, you may not receive a response, and could be reviving an old thread. Please consider creating a new thread.