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Old 10-09-2005, 10:43 AM
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Head Gaskets

I've asked this question around a month ago asking what people were using for head gaskets for a 350 with iron heads and got good results. Now I'm forced to get a new set of heads and I'm gonna get aluminum heads so I guess the Fel Pro 1003 heads gaskets might not be the right ones now.

What is a good gasket to mate aluminum heads on an iron block?

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Old 10-09-2005, 10:52 AM
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I use the regular blue felpro gaskets. I put Dynatex Hi-Tack Gasket Spray on them first.
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Old 10-09-2005, 11:03 AM
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So the Fel Pro 1003 are good for both iron and aluminum heads?
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worked in every engine I built. my only concern with alum heads is a good quality alum friendly anti-freeze.
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Old 10-09-2005, 11:42 AM
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Use the Felpro head gaskets with the recised cooling passage. They have you drill a 7/16" hole in the deck. Then the gasket restricts the outer passages closest to the exhaust valves. This help keep the block temp more even.
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Any head gasket will work with aluminum heads but if it has a steel fire ring it will "brinell" the head. ( make a impression on the surface of the head.) There are special felpro gaskets that are simular to the felpro 1003 that have a softer copper fire ring that won't brinnell the head. These gaskets are the right ones to use on a aluminum head motor. They are essentually the same but use a different material. Look up the numbers in the felpro catalog.
No gasket spray is nessessary or recommended. The block and head must be clean and dry. ( sprayon brake cleaner works good). On a iron motor using aluminum heads it is a good idea to retorque the head bolts after a few heat cool cycles as, aluminum expands differently than iron. Use black rtv- automotive gasket sealer on the head bolt threads. Use a good anti corrosion additive in the cooling system like Redline's "Water Wetter". http://www.redlineoil.com

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