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Old 06-24-2003, 10:04 AM
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As long as your header flanges are in decent shape, you do not need thick header gaskets. Use Victor-Reinz "Nitroseal" header gaskets, which are available at NAPA, CarQuest and others. These gaskets have graphite facing bonded onto a perforated steel core. The header flange and head surface must be absolutely clean and dry. Do not use any goop or sealers. Tighten the header bolts from center to outside in several steps, just as you would torque head gaskets. Start the engine, let it warm up good and re-tighten the bolts (don't burn your hands!), shut down, let the engine cool completely and retighten bolts again. Check all the bolts and tighten as necessary for the first week or so, then you will have no more header gasket worries.
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