I find it amazing how many people haven't made themselves pipes from the escort. sure you need a lift, welder (preferably tig, but if ur good a mig works), and torches. I'm sure you can try it on jack stands i geuss. but it wasn't hard, a solid days worth of work, or two if you have a problem, and a bunch of phone calls to find some $60 tubes. I'd definatly do it again even if i could buy $300 headers that were made right.
well i really didn't have the know how either, sure i had my auto teacher there just in case but he does his own thing, i do mine, and i had a friend that was good with his hands too, but he doesn't know cars good. all i do is read on the internet how too's and i go out and screw with my car, just take stuff apart and put it together again. and that's w/ my home tools (which are just basic hand tools, a wrench goes a long way.) maybe renting the equipment will work.