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09-07-2019 18:24:18

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Should I use gasket sealer when replacing the head gasket on my TO30 ? It didn't have any when I took it of.
The tractor won't be used much.

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09-09-2019 10:10:18

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 Re: Replace head gasket in reply to Hooked180, 09-07-2019 18:24:18  
If your installing the fiber style head gasket, the manual instructions call for applying a thin layer of cup grease to it. This allows it to slide into position as you tighten it. Cup grease is also the short fiber wheel bearing grease as found in drum brakes.

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09-08-2019 05:41:27

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 Re: Replace head gasket in reply to Hooked180, 09-07-2019 18:24:18  
Paint the head gasket with High Heat Aluminum paint.I paint couple coats. Let it dry good before installing. Some come with paint from manufacture but I still paint it.

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09-07-2019 18:43:08

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 Re: Replace head gasket in reply to Hooked180, 09-07-2019 18:24:18  
If everything is clean, the head is within spec for flat, the cylinder liners are all seated fully, it should not need sealer.

If you do use a sealer, be very sparing with it. Especially around the oil passage hole at the back. Plug that hole and no oil to the rockers! I used to use aluminum spray paint, seemed to work good as anything without squeezing out and blocking ports.

A retorque and second valve adjustment should be done after the first start up and brought up to operating temp.

You can temporary a "nurse bottle" to the carb from a quart oil bottle with a pointy cap and a piece of fuel line.

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