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Header Gaskets

Looking for header gasket advice. What would be best. Is copper good? Looking for the best to avoid leaks. It is a SBC with world CI heads.

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factory exhaust manifold gaskets, torque evenly, then retorque after you heat them up.
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I used to double-gasket my headers, and follow this sequence:

Torque.
Idle.
Torque.
Drive around town and get them quite warm.
Torque.
Take it out on the highway and drive the snot out of it.
Torque.
And then check and retorque periodically.


I think I'm going to try a set of these next time.
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Or, you can use copper, and stage 8 fasteners. And never get a blown gasket. And never have to re-torque. I've never found anything that worked nearly as well as this combination.

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The Percy's look good. Forgive my ignorance here, Stage 8 fasteners????
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Fasteners with a positive, anti-rotation mechanism. I think http://www.stage8.com will get you there. Expensive (so are copper gaskets) but in the final analysis, this $60.00 or so solution will not leak. For me, everything else I've tried has failed. I decided failure was no longer an option, after at least 3 gasket change-outs on one car.

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Thanks for the tip. Sounds good. I'm always listening to the header gaskets whenever I pop the hood. Man it would be nice to put something on that really works and forget about it. I'm running stock gaskets, heated then retightened. So far, so good but I'm sure eventually they'll go the way of the rest.
Funny....I was thinking the other day about safety wire for the bolts but could not figure out how to make it look good with my header setup. We used these on aircraft all the time but stuff was set-up for it.
My new linkage from Jegs just arrived so I'm outta here!
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I have excellent luck using stock manifold gaskets with nothing between the gasket and block but a bead of high heat copper RTV where the header seal bead is located. Check for tightness now and then after initial mounting.
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use the Victor Nitroseal gaskets. Lay a thin bead of ultra copper around both sides of the port. Let skin (approx 30 min) Install & check/retorque as necessary for the first few days. No Worries.
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The fel pro gaskets work great as long as your header flanges are decent.
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One of my header bolts some how got snapped off in the head, probably before I got it. I doubled up a pair of Percy's aluminum gaskets and haven't had a problem yet. Ive re torqued a few times since then. They were a little pricey though, I think something like $35-$40.
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I ran stock exhaust manifold gaskets on my cutlass for years. the fel pro repops are mesh steel and resist burn out. Recheck the tightness a time or two and no more worrys.
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Hi,
I have a 351w with World heads, I tried copper gaskets but they started
leaking, so I picked up a set of Aluminum gaskets & wire lock header bolts, &
so far have had no leaks, 4 months & I don't know how many miles.

Good luck,
rich
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