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01-02-2001 10:41:03

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My Manual states that that useing a used
head gasket is ok as long as the gasket is
in good condition. This may be old school
way of saving money or is a acceptable
on the Case model L? anyone try it with
good results? Thanks, Jack

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01-05-2001 21:18:02

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 Re: used head gasket in reply to Jack, 01-02-2001 10:41:03  
HI Jack, I have reused head gaskets with very good luck at least on gas engines. Clean it up good and inspect for damage, if it looks ok, use silver paint or copper coat on both sides. Make sure your head bolts or studs and nuts have clean and oiled threads and torque carefully in the proper sequence. If it is a very difficult engine to work on it might be worth the price of new gaskets just for insurance, but i have used many head gaskets over and haven't had any failures. I haven't tried this on a diesel engine.

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01-04-2001 16:37:46

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 Re: used head gasket in reply to Jack, 01-02-2001 10:41:03  
I re-used the head gasket on my LA. The engine had an overhaul not long before it was abandoned. The head gasket looked good and no sealent had been used. I though, why not, its a hobby tractor and I wanted to see if it ran well first(it does) before I start burning money. If the gasket didn't hold, I would have bought the new gasket. Since then it has held up well and the engine has good compression.

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Tom H

01-02-2001 16:41:30

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 Re: used head gasket in reply to Jack, 01-02-2001 10:41:03  
Why take the chance.When you put on a new head gasket and torque it down it flattens the head gasket and seals down for a good seal. Once that gasket is crushed you will have a lesser chance of getting the seal to hold. Reusing a head gasket to me is fine if you aren't going to use it and sell it to someone else to worry about.I hate to have to do things twice so I guess I would rather pay the price the first time as do it again.This is my .02 cents worth.

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