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    Coolant/water is seeping out the edge of my head gasket. The last time I changed the head gasket was in 1992. Do I need to replace the gasket or will a re torque help. The engine runs great

  • #2
    Definetly try a retorque first and welcome to the VFF
    3 ~ Tudor's
    Henry Ford said
    "It's all nuts and bolts"

    Mitch's Auto Service ctr


    • #3
      Hey Twiss58, WELCOME to the VFF!!

      Definitely try a retorque to at least 55#, but drain the coolant out to below the head and use the back off 1/8 turn to break loose the friction of the nut. Only one nut at a time.
      You wana look waaay far up da road and plan yer route because the brakes are far more of a suggestion than a command!


        BILL WILLIAMSON commented
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        DON'T BACK THE NUTS OFF!!!!!

      • DaWizard
        DaWizard commented
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        Well Bill, I won't argue with you, but those nuts have been welding themselves to the head since 1992. If it was a fresh head gasket, I'd say go for it without backing the nuts off, but since it isn't, those nuts will not give you a good reading. I would actually do a bit of oil or PB Blaster on them too, just to insure you get a good slip-n-slide.

    • #4
      I would torque them again and add a some of the old granular stop lead stuff from an auto parts store.


      • #5
        Can't type, stop leak stuff not stop lead. That stop lead stuff might be a new invention I have to look into.


        • #6
          Head Torque ?

          3 ~ Tudor's
          Henry Ford said
          "It's all nuts and bolts"

          Mitch's Auto Service ctr


          • #7
            I would never use oil or penetrating fluid on a bolt or nut that has a specific torque value. Torque ratings are usually with dry threads.


            • #8
              Regular Old BARS-LEAKS works very well & SAFE!
              Bill Dribble


              • Mitch
                Mitch commented
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                K-seal is the new modern day technician in a can trick

            • #9
              I "thought" you DIDN'T use "TRICKS IN A CAN"?


              • Mitch
                Mitch commented
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                When you work on modern used car lot junk and things like that one needs all the tricks available. On my own stuff i prefer to fix the problem correctly

                The three C's



              • BNCHIEF
                BNCHIEF commented
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                You forgot cash check or credit.

            • #10
              Well, I couldn't stop the leak, and when I drove it it pushed coolant out the top of the rad, so I pulled the head to see what was up. The gasket did not require any scraping to remove it. If you look closely at the head you can see that it appears to have been welded at some point between 2 and 3. 5 of the studs came out with the nuts so it looks like I will be putting in new studs as well. Took the head off without the aid of a head puller.
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              • #11
                What are you going to do about the crack in number 2 cylinder


                • Twiss58
                  Twiss58 commented
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                  George, I went out and looked again at the block and there isn't a crack. I think what is showing in the picture is carbon from me cleaning/scraping the carbon off before I wiped it down.

                • Mitch
                  Mitch commented
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                  I saw what George was talking about WHHHHEWW glad it's ok

                • George Miller
                  George Miller commented
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                  It sure looked like a crack. Glade it is ok

              • #12
                Well I guess you're going to keep yourself busy for a day or two! . Jeff
                Twiss Collector Car Parts


                • #13
                  Good time for a high compression head.


                  • #14
                    Make sure the head is FLAT!!


                    • #15
                      here's a precautionary tale: a fellow Model A'er, in our small group purchased a nice little '29 pickup a few years back, so he decided to purchase a high compression head 6.?, so, get's it installed and the group makes a short half day run. Sooo, off he goes, why he was passin every thing in sight, according to my first Model A mentor. up the hill, and down the hill, then all of a sudden he was in the dust, then he stopped, then oops. So, am i against high compression heads?, no just be careful how you step on the accelerator. blew a rod.


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