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12-31-2001 03:45 PM
fletch69 d roberts
thanks for the detailed reply. I have tried everything that you said except i tightened the intake first and then the water pump. so you are saying to do it the other way around?
12-30-2001 08:32 PM
droberts Ensure that the rubber groment or seal is in place and the hole matches the holes or passages of the front cover and the intake to prevent any restriction of flow. Ensure that there is no corousion and that the mating surfaces of the intake and cover are flat. I always use a small dab of silacone to hold it inplace on the intake. Like the other post states, install the intake bolts finger tight after which install the bolt and washer that secures the front cover to the intake and tighten. Proceed to torque the intake bolts to specifications as required. Installing in this manner will allow the front cover bolt to pull the intake forward and compress the seal. There are some things to take caution when selecting the attaching hardware for the front cover. Besure that the correct lenght bolt is used for the cover and that the funny looking washer is installed under the head of this bolt. Should a longer than stock bolt is installed, it could bottom out as it threats into the intake and prevent compression of the seal. If the special washer is not installed, this could also allow the bolt to travel further into the intake. This washer has the appearence of a castle and is about .25" thick. There should be no call to add two rubber groments or additional sealant.
12-23-2001 07:38 PM
fletch69 sorry about posting my own reply my ******* roomate gets on here too, he made the reply. anyway i put the grommet/gasket thing in there and installed the intake accordingly but the bastard still leaks. it had the same problem before the rebuild so WTF!!! can i use sealant on it? if i take the intake off and redo the gasket/grommet. would it help to obtain a larger grommet to put in there. by larger i mean in width not diameter? again sorry for the retards reply.

12-23-2001 03:55 PM
Pontiacman Did you use the plastic gromlets to properly locate the gaskets, set the intake, put all the bolts in,with the proper flat washers,new 1"gasket
in front,all bolts loose but snug,tighten the front first,this pulls the intake forward then tourque in secquence, you shouldn't have to double
gasket.Don't use any parts after 1972,you get in to EGR's on you intake. sincerly firechicken :l:
12-21-2001 06:12 AM
tsorens Hey Vandal I'm with you. Fletch are you trying to show you knowledge by answering your own questions?
12-21-2001 05:16 AM
VanL6 There is a round rubber seal(app. 1" dia.) that goes between the intake and timing cover.If you did not replace it,or replaced improperly,this could be your problem.
12-20-2001 03:53 PM
The Vandal fletch69 I'm confused. Did you just answer your own question?

The Vandal - making a full assault on the bracket wars in 2002..........with a 1979 Van. :p
12-20-2001 02:55 PM
fletch69 i have firebird that did the same thing, double up on the gaskets so that they bolts have more room to compress.

12-16-2001 09:37 AM
oldsnut if you used a silcone sealant you mite want to let it setup a little before assmembly this could be your problem just an idea, I have an oldsmobile engine and I use about 1/8 of an inch of sealant around the water jackets but if i don't let the sealant setup a little it will leak.
12-10-2001 04:27 PM
pontiac cooling problem

I have a 69 bird and the intake to the timing chain cover leaks a lot of cooling fluid. I have recently rebuilt the engine and replaced that gasket but still no luck. Does anyone out there have the same problem? if so is there another way around it?

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