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Old 10-11-2009, 11:07 AM   #1
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SVT Header Question

Anyone know what type of stainless steel the SVT header is?
I have a header I am adapting to fit a Zetec RWD application and from what I can determine the cheapest and easiest way to adapt the header I have...

to the Zetec is to pick up a damaged SVT header, cut off the flange and a few inches of tubing and mate the two together.
How difficult is it to weld dissimilar stainless steels together (say, 304 to 316)?
BTW, can anyone identify the header I am using?


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Old 10-11-2009, 11:22 AM   #2
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I think you'd be better off doing a custom weld job and not hacking up parts and using dissimilar metals. I'm not a welder myself, but I've always heard that dissimilar metals don't make for the strongest welds.

Also, I don't know how anyone could identify a header without any information at all.
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Wouldnt it be easier to just pick up a SVT header , I have one for 250.00

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Old 10-11-2009, 03:00 PM   #4
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I need a header for a RWD that will clear a motor mount on the side of the block.
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I'm no welder, but I'd imagine you'd be better off just starting fresh rather than trying to take two pieces that don't fit where you need them to and make one that does fit...
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Exactly. Starting fresh will probably take *less* time, look better, and hold up better.
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I agree with the easier part. But sometimes hot rodding is about using what you have and making it work. That is my situation. No one makes a header for a Zetec-to-Merkur swap.
I am not even sure of the type of stainless the header I have is but it is non-magnetic which should make it 300 series-which one I am not sure.
And back to the original question-which stainless type is the SVT header? Is it magnetically attracted to a permanent magnet?
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Looked it up on the Ford Racing website. All of their manifolds/headers are made from:
"409 Stainless exhaust material is titanium stabilized ferritic stainless steel."
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The SVT is extruded stainless it isnt a stainless steel tubing like you have

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