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1964 Ford Thunderbird Exhaust Manifold Removal

The 1964 Ford Thunderbird was the first year for the model's fourth generation makeover. It contained a 390 cubic-inch V8 engine that produced 300 horsepower. The exhaust manifold was located in a cramped engine compartment, with lower retaining bolts that could only be reached from underneath the vehicle. This made removing the manifold more difficult than with most vehicles of the era, but the job is still manageable in a home garage with the right tools.

Tools Used: Socket wrench, Jack, Jack stands

Remove Exhaust Manifold

Park the vehicle on a level surface. Set the parking brake.

Open the hood. Secure it in place with the hood prop. Disconnect the negative battery cable.

Remove the four upper manifold retaining bolts with a socket wrench. One is in the center of the manifold, two are at the rear and one is in the front.

Jack up the front of the vehicle. Place jack stands underneath the Thunderbird's frame.

Remove the bolts that secure the exhaust to the manifold with a socket wrench. Remove the two lower manifold retaining bolts with a socket wrench.

Lift the manifold and pull it back. Remove it from underneath the vehicle.

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