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Old 11-30-2005, 10:47 AM
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Head Bolts

Hello again, I'm going to be putting together my new engine (350) with a new block and a new set of Aluminum heads. I have a set of Mr. Gasket head bolts that were off my last 350 and was wondering if they are still OK to use on my new engine. The bolts are over 10 years old and show no sign of fatique. ARP bolts are in my budget if I get the OK from the experts here.

What ARP bolts would be best 6 or 12 point?



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Old 11-30-2005, 11:15 AM
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You know what they say...."Better safe than sorry"..

Small price to pay...........

Saying that, I have built a number of SBC's and have never bought new head bolts. Then again, I have never bought aluminum heads either.
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Old 11-30-2005, 11:57 AM
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I'd go with the new bolts. Reason one: they're new(un-stretched, no rust on the ends, threads perfect) , reason two: they're clean. I hate cleaning the threads on old bolts.

I'd go 6 point, not for any technical reason but for the fact that you can use a 6 or 12 point socket on it. Not everyone has both.
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My two bits is that I am suspicious of old bolts.. a set of new arps is good insurance..

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New bolts with washers.
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