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07-11-2001 07:36:57

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I've seen a video and talked to people about putting back together my engine (SMTA), and they said to use a copper spray or high heat aluminum paint on the head gasket before I put it on; I also heard there's a high temp spray for the manifold/engine gaskets, too. Do you recommend any certain brand?

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07-11-2001 21:00:11

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 Re: head gasket in reply to Jeff, 07-11-2001 07:36:57  
I have used aluminum paint on many engines with good results. It seems to flow into the minute nooks and crannies in the castings and seals very well. I don,t know if my engines would have sealed without the paint, but I don,t like redoing jobs. Use your best judgement, don't forget to retorque. Doc

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07-11-2001 09:44:14

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 Re: head gasket in reply to Jeff, 07-11-2001 07:36:57  
Any good gasket will have the proper coating already on it and you should'nt need anything. If its a really plain gasket you might want to use the copper gasket spray treatment. Check the labels on these products. They will explain a lot. Ask someone behind the counter at the parts store what other people have been doing.

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07-11-2001 19:41:54

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 Re: Re: head gasket in reply to Kendall, 07-11-2001 09:44:14  
from what I have seen the head gaskets for these old tractors are still builtjust as they were 50 yrs ago and are not coated.
Permatex makes a good copper sealer, I just got some a couple of weeks ago from Autozone.
As far as intake / exhaust gaskets go I use antisieze so I can get them back apart and reuse them if necessary.
also don't forget to retorque you head gasket after you get the engine good a hot. Most newer head gaskets don't need this but your dealing with 50 yr old designed gaskets and they do need it.

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