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Old 10-12-2013, 01:22 AM
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360 small block Valve cover gaskets

What is the best valve cover gasket that I can get? I have seen cork, rubber, silicon, and neoprene. Can anyone point me in the right direction? Money is not an issue.
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what is the problem with using just a standard gasket? If your taking the valve covers off frequently you'll probably like something like this Fel-Pro Performance Valve Cover Gaskets 1628 - Free Shipping on Orders Over $99 at Summit Racing but if the gaskets are blowing out or leaking oil you might have bad valve covers or a bad pcv valve causing to much pressure on the gaskets
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Fel Pro valve cover gaskets with Permatex Tack and Seal #80938 gasket dressing applied to the valve cover side of the gasket only.
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valve covers

i don't have a problem with cork.. but i always used the spreaders under each of the 4 hold downs to spread the pressure.
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I'm assuming this is a Chevrolet 350?
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In 1962-1964, I had a '56 Chevy Del Ray with a "Old School" Duntov solid lifter camshaft. I checked the valve lash at least once a month and did not touch the valve cover gaskets. When I built the engine in 1962, I used "Old School" GM cork valve cover gaskets on a new pair of 1962 Corvette aluminum valve covers and Permatex #2 adheasive/sealer and never had a leaking valve cover. The rocker arms would squirt oil over the fenders when I adjusted the valve lash so I knew the valve covers were full of oil. That was in the '60s when we did not have all these modern space age silicone rubber gaskets and high-tech hylomar sealers.

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I'm assuming this is a Chevrolet 350?

THe motor is a mopar 360
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What exactly is the problem ? Not using chrome covers are you ? I`ve used the poor mans no-name cork to the rich mans don`t touch these at all / use no sealer at all made of gold and any of them are as good as the user says they are , or as bad as they say they are too . Almost as bad as asking what`s your favorite color , some people say they have 2 , just depends on what the color is on ???? Anything special trying to be acheived here , or just getting opinions ??
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I'm just asking opinions
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I have a Chevy 350 and I've had very good results using the Felpro metal-reinforced neoprene rubber valve cover gaskets, and standard valve covers. I also switched from bolts to studs so that its easier to keep the gasket and cover lined up.

I just put the rubber gasket down over the studs and make sure its completely lined up. The metal inside the gasket makes sure it stays lined up. Then drop the valve cover down over the studs and bolt it down with spreaders and lock nuts. I also use a small torque wrench to make sure I don't get carried away with torquing down the bolts.

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My edelbrocks just came in. The composite with metal core. Do I have to use the gasket dressing? or can I use the clear RTV? thanks.
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just use the gaskets. no rtv or dressing. Why would you use it anyways?
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just use the gaskets. no rtv or dressing. Why would you use it anyways?
Idk just asking before I do it
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most of the metal embossed gaskets suggest NO silicone or adhesive at all , make it as dry as you can and button it up .
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The adheasive is put on the rocker cover side of the gasket just to hold the gasket in place until the valove covers are tightened on the heads.

Another advantage to using adheasive on the valve cover side only is that the gasket will remain stuck to the valve cover when you remove it the next time you adjust the valves. Since the gaskets are stuck to the valve cover, you can remove the valve covers numerous times and you don't have to buy new gaskets.

You should never use silly-cone on anything. I know of a rookie mechanic who got fired for using silicone sealer on a customers oil pan.
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