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Re: 861 Head Gasket Change part 2

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Tom Bond

01-21-2013 17:35:48

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Started getting things cleaned up tonight. How agressive can I get with sandpaper to clean up the gasket surfaces on the head and block a little better or should this suffice? I ran a file across it to knock down any burrs and put a straight edge across the head. Couldn't even see daylight anywhere. Looks pretty straight. Local shop wants $240 to magniflux and surface the head if they think it needs it. I think I'm just going to try the head gasket and see what happens. If the oil turns milky again, I've only sacrificed $45 for a gasket and my time instead of $240 for something I might not need. I'll take the gamble. Oh Oh...I gambled on the Bears too. Hope the outcome is better with this. Does anyone know if the seal for the oil inlet line on the rocker arm support comes with the normal head gasket sets? Can't really tell in any pics and was going to order the set online tonight.

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01-24-2013 03:05:26

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 Re: 861 Head Gasket Change part 2 in reply to Tom Bond, 01-21-2013 17:35:48  
Tom, Instead of Magnafluxing the head go to the auto parts store and get a dye penetrant test kit. They are about $50.00 and will find the little cracks that escape the naked eye. Cheap peace of mind. Gerard

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