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    Well, looks like I might have messed up with the head gasket orientation.......

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    Apparently I’m also supposed to have drilled steam holes in the block for the heads I’ve got (they didn’t come with instructions). I’ll take the heads off and do it properly.......

    Thanks for all the suggestions. I really should be supervised by a grown up.

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    what heads, block and engine do you have for that matter? i've never heard of steam holes on a ford only a 400 small block chevy due to the siamesed bore block.
    need a job done on your project? i may be able to help.

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    It’s a 1979 block with aftermarket aluminium heads which apparently require the aforementioned Voodoo to make them work. A mate with a pro street Corsair (Lee on here) has had a similar experience and his engine builder confirmed it.

    I never had this grief with a SBC!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by English Impala View Post

    I never had this grief with a SBC!!!
    But you could never get the Impala to run right???

    Don't forget the motor is fairly new, they always run hot in the breaking in period...

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    is the thermostatic fan switch operating at the correct temperature

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    what can throw a chevy guy is when fitting head gaskets to a ford block one goes upside down. this is because both gaskets are the same and have big coolant holes at one end which go to the back of the block. so to get the big holes at the back on both 'banks' one gasket has to go on upside down. neil.
    need a job done on your project? i may be able to help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mygasser View Post
    what can throw a chevy guy is when fitting head gaskets to a ford block one goes upside down. this is because both gaskets are the same and have big coolant holes at one end which go to the back of the block. so to get the big holes at the back on both 'banks' one gasket has to go on upside down. neil.
    Yep, this is what I might have done, removing the heads is the only way to check.

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