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What longtube headers fit with an aod?

Gonna be redoing the exhaust on the bird at some point and weighing some options. I know what will work with a t5 but I know aods make things tough and even more so on a column shift. Just wondering what works right now.
85 Tbird 5.0
78 F150 351w
03 Ranger Fx4

Re: What longtube headers fit with an aod?

Reply #1
I don't think any long tubes will work with column shift. Best bet is to wait til you swap the t5 in all honesty.

Re: What longtube headers fit with an aod?

Reply #2
As far as I know, shorty headers don't even work with the column shifter. You'd have to convert to floor shift, or go T5 before doing the headers unfortunately.
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Reply #3
You can make shorty headers work with a minor relocation of the column shift support bracket that bolts to the K-member (like, really minor).  May affect your PRNDL accuracy a little.  Can't speak to long tubes, though.
1988 Thunderbird 5.0
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Re: What longtube headers fit with an aod?

Reply #4
I've made shorty's work on a buddy's 20th before but that was years ago and I cant remember what all we did lol. Wasn't much tho. I know floor shift and longtubes are doable but I think I'm limited to bbk on that. Guess I'll have to suck it up patch the leaks for now lol. Shes got some home brew true dual setup with no cats and glasspacks right now. Was a decent job until they decided to cut the cats out that they put in and welds on the new pipe leak.
85 Tbird 5.0
78 F150 351w
03 Ranger Fx4

Re: What longtube headers fit with an aod?

Reply #5
Shorty headers work fine with a column shifter. I've been running my car that way for 15 years. Remove the lower collector stud on the driver's side and replace it with a nut and bolt. Clears the column shift linkage just fine.
88 Thunderbird LX: 306, Edelbrock Performer heads, Comp 266HR cam, Edelbrock Performer RPM intake, bunch of other stuff.

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Reply #6
I had 1-1/2" primary long tube headers with the AOD on my column shifted '83 for several years.  Ran these headers:

https://www.hedman.com/product-detail/88360

Made some modifications to the shifter linkage but again it was what I would call minor being I did it back in 2001ish and I was a complete mechanical retard back then.

83 351W TKO'd T-Bird on the bottle


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Re: What longtube headers fit with an aod?

Reply #7
I might have to give them a try. I'm gonna need motor mounts here soon and that would be a good time to do it lol.
85 Tbird 5.0
78 F150 351w
03 Ranger Fx4