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662+2
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posted 03-25-2003 11:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 662+2   Click Here to Email 662+2     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What is the best gasket to use on my headers or should I use something else?

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rockafellz
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posted 03-25-2003 12:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for rockafellz   Click Here to Email rockafellz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Mr. Gasket!!

Recommended here and I'll vouch for it too!!

Erik

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Ryan Wilke
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posted 03-25-2003 12:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ryan Wilke   Click Here to Email Ryan Wilke     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'd just use a standard Fel-Pro or Mr. Gasket header gasket that you can pick up at your local parts store. Some folks claim they have good luck with only using Hi-Temp silicone, but I'm more comfortable using a gasket.

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RonnieT
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posted 03-26-2003 08:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for RonnieT   Click Here to Email RonnieT     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I tried the standard Mr Gasket header gaskets on my 351W and had leaks. I finally got the leaks to stop when I put a set of aluminum gaskets with grafoil inserts in them, I think they were made by Earls. I had replaced the gaskets 3 times prior the this and all of them had leaked. I am running World Product heads, so this may be part of the problem.

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V8 Thumper
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posted 03-26-2003 08:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for V8 Thumper   Click Here to Email V8 Thumper     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Mr. Gasket 'Ultra Seal'. The BEST header gaskets you can buy! Only $16-18 a set, so they won't set you back either

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bfxcomet
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posted 03-27-2003 03:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bfxcomet   Click Here to Email bfxcomet     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My friend who owns a muffler shop told me use tremcald roofing tar on cheap gaskets and it works. No leaks and I had the heads off and reuses the gaskets.
Roger

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Moneymaker
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posted 03-27-2003 03:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker   Click Here to Email Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by V8 Thumper:
Mr. Gasket 'Ultra Seal'. The BEST header gaskets you can buy! Only $16-18 a set, so they won't set you back either


YUP!

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johnmustang
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posted 03-27-2003 03:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for johnmustang   Click Here to Email johnmustang     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by V8 Thumper:
Mr. Gasket 'Ultra Seal'. The BEST header gaskets you can buy! Only $16-18 a set, so they won't set you back either


Also spray the gasket with silver high temp casting paint, spray liberally and wait for 5 minutes then install. You will never have a leak.

JOHN

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bluestreek
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posted 03-27-2003 06:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bluestreek   Click Here to Email bluestreek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Don't expect the gaskets to perform miracles. Sometimes the flange face is welded in the wrong spots and may not even contact the gasket in some spots. It's always a good idea to lay the gaskets on the flange, line up the bolt holes, and check closely for fitment before putting them on. It can save a lot of future headaches.

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posted 03-27-2003 06:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker   Click Here to Email Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Actually, if the surfaces are flat, you don't need any gasket at all.
On street cars I always use gaskets.
On MM and Tony's Capri we use only high heat silicone.

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Capri
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posted 03-27-2003 07:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Capri   Click Here to Email Capri     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
We have also tried a set of gaskets from ROL in the past. They seem to get brittle easily and fall apart. The latest and gratest other than the MR G is from Flat Out Racing gaskets. We have a set of those on the convert right now and they seem to be holding up very well. We shall see how well they do when we have to tear it down for the record.

Something of note that Dad didnt mention. When you set the gasket on your cylinder head, make sure there is not alot of excess gasket material blocking the opening of the port. If so, trim it out of the way as some gaskets are not made large enough.

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mustangboy
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posted 03-27-2003 07:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mustangboy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Make sure the mating flange is nice and flat like bluestreek said.Sometimes if its warped your better off to cut it in between the pipes so each pipe can seal individually.On the collector end make sure you don't overtighten the bolts as the rings are easily bent on most headers.

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n2oMike
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posted 03-27-2003 09:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for n2oMike   Click Here to Email n2oMike     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Fel-Pro #1415 have nice BIG openings, and hold up well. They aren't the cheapest out there, but I've had good luck with them.

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posted 03-28-2003 12:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker   Click Here to Email Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I love most Fel-Pro stuff, but....I must say that we have tried every brand of header gasket out there at least once and by far the worst quality are the Fel-Pros.
The ports are indeed the most generous sized, but if you do choose to use the Fel-Pro header gaskets better buy two sets as you'll be replacing them soon.

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popeye
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posted 03-28-2003 01:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for popeye   Click Here to Email popeye     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Mr Gasket Ultra Seal gaskets work great on my World Product heads and Hooker Super Comp headers.They have never leaked and are re useable too.In the past we also used other brands,soaked them in water before putting them on and they held up great!

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Mario428
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posted 03-28-2003 06:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mario428   Click Here to Email Mario428     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
SCE copper is what I use. With my home made twisted non-flat headers they seal the best of any I have tried.

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662+2
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posted 04-01-2003 10:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 662+2   Click Here to Email 662+2     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks everyone

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Tea'sGrabber
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posted 04-01-2003 10:16 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tea'sGrabber   Click Here to Email Tea'sGrabber     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
ULTRA SEALS!!!!! Mine have been there for 5 years....

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Skeeter
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posted 10-19-2003 01:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Skeeter   Click Here to Email Skeeter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am having problems fitting my Ultra seals on my Dart sr with Super Comp headers.
The gasket interfers with the spark plugs. I will not be able to get the plugs out with out shaving a bit of the corners of the gasket. What is going on???

Thanks,
Jason

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