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Old 07-07-2011, 04:09 PM
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Head gasket direction

Hi ive got a 350 and dont know which way the head gasket is supposed to face because their is a shiny smooth side and a carbony rough side with the steel exposed. heres pics of both sides

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Old 07-07-2011, 04:44 PM
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In your case, with an SBC, it doesn't matter which way is up. They can go either way.
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okay thanks alot, someone told me that once and i thought they were crazy! haha. Thanks again
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yeah it dont matter,
as long as not covering up any coolant or oil holes,
and i always stick them shiny up or stamped numbers in it up though

but it dont matter really

use plumbers pipe thread dope on the bolt threads, it works good as a thread lube and as a non hardening sealer

i use it on all my head jobs always works great i been using it for over 17 years on all different engines 1960s to 2000s




have fun!
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okay sweet then i should be set haha. Thanks alot
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