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Author Topic:   damaged head gasket during assembly
avila
Member
posted January 27, 2004 06:13 PM
sbc 358. I laid head gasket on the block,
then laid the head down on gasket. then pulled head off block and some of the orange pin striping/sealer stuff pulled off. what do i do now, s**** the gasket or can i put some orange goo in place of where the pulled off stuff was?


BrianW
Member
posted January 27, 2004 07:48 PM
gaskets are cheap - I'd just replace it, but as long as you didn't torque it down or damage it at all, you should be able to put a tiny bead of silicone on it and use it - I've done that on an old car and it worked just fine for several years.


joetaylor
Member
posted January 27, 2004 08:00 PM
If your engine isn't worth a head gasket then I wouldn't race it.

crank 500
rods 300
pistons 400
heads 600
The price of a blown engine due to being cheep priceless


joetaylor
Member
posted January 27, 2004 08:02 PM
If your engine isn't worth a head gasket then I wouldn't race it.

crank 500
rods 300
pistons 400
heads 600
The price of a blown engine due to being cheep

PRICELESS

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TURN LEFT GO VERY FAST


dirtracer7
Member
posted January 28, 2004 05:11 AM
If your worried about it replace it .Its alot easier to do on the stand than in the car.


lucky13
Member
posted January 28, 2004 06:06 AM
well i put some goo in the damaged places
and put it back on. then i sat down and had started one a beer. then i thought about it and before the beer was finished i pulled it back off. i'm putting a new one on.
thanks all.


Drogo99
Member
posted January 28, 2004 09:19 AM
Are they Felpro gaskets or ROL? I used ROL's on my motor at the beginning of last year. (The HT ones that are claimed to be replacements for the Felpro 1003) I wound up blowing a headgasket in less than 2 months. Went to the 1003 Felpro's (which I should have used in the first place) and they looked perfect when I pulled the motor down a couple weeks ago.

Ya, $60 is steep for a pair of gaskets, but what's the cost of getting to the track and having it puke in the middle of a race?

dirtracer7
Member
posted January 28, 2004 12:25 PM
Rol is an economy fel pro gasket, use the fel pros. You get what you pay for.


Wind Walker
Member
posted January 29, 2004 01:04 PM
355 Cid:

Problem: Condensation climbing up the head bolts. Natural solution is to apply sealer to head bolts, but first things first. Open a beer, and plan out the time factor. Nothing was quite clear, so opened another beer. Finally pulled the head off & inspected all parts. Opened another beer. Parts looked funny, but seem to be fine. Drink one more beer to allow more time to think. Fumble through tool box to find sealer. Got some of the sealer on my hands, and decided to drink another 2 beers to calm down. Then proceeded to re-install the head, but notice the bolts & holes wern't lining up correctly. Pulled out another 12 pack from the fridge, and decided to think about it more. Drank 4 more beers, and for some reason it was cooler in the garage & a little morning dew was falling on my face. Was frightened when the screaming began from the wife. She seemed to be very upset about me trying to install that Chevy head on her new riding mower motor.

Offered her a beer, and I'm now typing with one hand & very limited vision!

Have a great day!
Wind Walker


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