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Old 05-10-2007, 08:22 PM
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shim head gaskets - sealer ?

i have a set of embossed steel shim head gaskets id like to install on my street 305. should i install them dry or use a sealer ? the only sealer ive been able to find around here is Indianhead Shellac, which ive used before with positive results . if i do need sealer, what is a good brand to use ?

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as a general rule, no sealer on head gaskets, only certin applications need sealer. shim gaskets were used on some ford engines ( 144-250 I6 they were factory ) W/O sealer, so I would say, sealer is not nessasary
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Back in the day. I used steel shim gaskets all the time. The best sealer is a spray can of Chrome aluminum paint. Two heavy coats on the gasket and assemble. NEVER had a leak..
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I know poeple that have used brake quit spray and copper spray when they reuse metal head gaskets. I dont think woul dbe any different unless it has some coating on it already. The main thing is to get the head and block flat and smooth.
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Running the 1094 Felpro shim gasket in my circle track engine last year we just stoned off the block & head, checked flatness, and then sprayed both sides with the red hi-tach stuff. Worked for a whole season, don't know how it would have been 10 years down the road though!
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I've always installed these head gaskets clean and dry. Clean the block and head decks with spray brake cleaner or lacquer thinner.
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Back in the day. I used steel shim gaskets all the time. The best sealer is a spray can of Chrome aluminum paint. Two heavy coats on the gasket and assemble. NEVER had a leak..

Same here. It was what everyone did back in the day.
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Yep, It worked well then although some of these new sealers may work as well or better.
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