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well looks like i'm not going to make the metro cruise in the rod tonight after all. changed the head gasket and the new one is leaking :sniff:
anti freeze bubbling out between the block and the head along the distributer side! the gaskets are very thin along that side, not much meat between the waterway and the outer edge of the block.
did'nt use an addertive on the copper gasket to help it seal, should i have?

ian
 

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You shouldn't need to use sealant. The gasket is there to take up any irregularities between the surface of the block and head. If the block and head were perfectly machined there wouldn't be a need for a gasket at all.

Is there a chance that the head has warped? Did you hold a steel rule against it to check before bolting it back on?
 

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Come on Cinders, don't give up yet!
New gasket? Pull it off again, clean it up, hit it with a new bit of Scotchbrite, smear of silicone to lose those imperfections around the water jackets, (take care not to block anything important), back together and you're off to the Ball....
 

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just off the phone to small ford spares and they use wellseal when they build there sidevalve engines!

no time this afternoon to redo it as im off out to the dentists :sniff:
might just get the head check'd/skim'd while its off this time
 
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