Re: 1996 Exhaust leak
Guessing you have a 3.0L? Only thing I can really suggest (I haven't swapped a manifold on that engine before) is to PB Blast the exhaust bolts far a head of time so that they are easier to remove. Most of the time the exhaust bolts love to snap flush off in the heads.
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