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Ford 3000 Valve Cover Gasket Replacement

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Chris Hetrick

10-22-2019 23:58:59




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I just replaced the valve cover gasket without finding a torque setting or pattern to tighten bolts. Used it for the first time tonight and when I turned it off, noticed a very very small trickle on the back side in the middle. Should I re-tighten the bolts and check them now? I used some Permetex on both sides but not much, just a bead. When I tightened them I went from side to side, end to end, and then snugged them last.

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Hobo,NC

10-29-2019 19:25:40




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 Re: Ford 3000 Valve Cover Gasket Replacement in reply to Chris Hetrick, 10-22-2019 23:58:59  
Hello dawg old buddy old pal... If your pay depended on it you would find a sealer for those "ANY" gaskets installed dry...

Watch this old geezer I speck he had to fix a few of his leaks it looks like dry did not work out fer'em... He is a little carzy with RTV tho... It only takes a little..
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XB_Q9qpvnL0

BUT if you are doing this every day and making a living at it my hats off to'ya...

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Hobo,NC

10-29-2019 19:24:50




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 Re: Ford 3000 Valve Cover Gasket Replacement in reply to Chris Hetrick, 10-22-2019 23:58:59  
Hello dawg old buddy old pal... If your pay depended on it you would find a sealer for those "ANY" gaskets installed dry...

Watch this old geezer I speck he had to fix a few of his leaks it looks like dry did not work out fer'em... He is a little carzy with RTV tho... It only takes a little..
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XB_Q9qpvnL0

BUT if you are doing this every day and making a living at it my hats off to'ya...

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lastcowboy32

10-23-2019 15:18:56




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 Re: Ford 3000 Valve Cover Gasket Replacement in reply to Chris Hetrick, 10-22-2019 23:58:59  
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I've never spared the gasket sealer/cement. When I rebuilt the engine on my 2N three years ago, I plastered all of the gaskets with a big old bead of gasket sealer on both sides. I also put a thin layer of copper-based head gasket sealer on the head gasket, in accordance with the directions on the container.

When I bolted it together, the seepage around all of the sealing surfaces was a comforting sight to my eyes.

Sure, if I ever take it apart, it might take me quite a while to clean the gaskets again.
But, in my eyes, removing gasket sealer is temporary, a leaking gasket is forever.

If you can get them all to seal like they were meant to at the factory, I will be the first in line to shake your hand and say that you are a better mechanic than I.

Three years, no leaks, done nothing but use the machine and fiddle with ignition parts here and there...which, there is no magic cure for that.

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Hobo,NC

10-23-2019 15:17:08




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 Re: Ford 3000 Valve Cover Gasket Replacement in reply to Chris Hetrick, 10-22-2019 23:58:59  
Unless the valve cover gasket has some form of locking tabs as part of gasket and the cover has a place to push the tabs into you would be wise to glue the gasket to the valve cover...
Its your call if you add a sealer to the sealing side of the gasket but its wise to nail the gasket to the cover...
I use 3M 08002 super weatherstrip gasket to cover is not gonna slip out of place I guarantee.. WHY cuzz comeback pay shucks...

Tip clean well run a small bead on the cover install gasket, remove gasket and let air dry a min, install gasket, it nailed down...

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showcrop

10-23-2019 05:16:29




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 Re: Ford 3000 Valve Cover Gasket Replacement in reply to Chris Hetrick, 10-22-2019 23:58:59  
Good advice from UD and Bob. How big was the bead? 1/16 or 1/2inch? just kidding. I would take the cover off and put it on a known flat surface and if it is not straight make it straight. You can never get it to seal if it is bent and they do get bent. Due to the thickness of these gaskets they will have a tendency to squish out. I apply permatex to the cover ONLY to help hold it in place, then when I take it off later the gasket is on the cover where it is easy to get at and remove if it needs to e replaced.

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Bern

10-23-2019 05:06:41




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 Re: Ford 3000 Valve Cover Gasket Replacement in reply to Chris Hetrick, 10-22-2019 23:58:59  
This is what I use if I'm working with a cork gasket that I don't want to leak - ever. Pitty the poor soul who has to take it back off though. That gasket will have to be literally ripped in half for removal.



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Chris Hetrick

10-23-2019 15:03:31




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 Re: Ford 3000 Valve Cover Gasket Replacement in reply to Bern, 10-23-2019 05:06:41  
I'll have to look around for it, I'd think any auto parts store would carry it wouldn't they?



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Bern

10-23-2019 16:31:10




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 Re: Ford 3000 Valve Cover Gasket Replacement in reply to Chris Hetrick, 10-23-2019 15:03:31  
I know NAPA does.



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Texasmark1

10-23-2019 05:32:54




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 Re: Ford 3000 Valve Cover Gasket Replacement in reply to Bern, 10-23-2019 05:06:41  
+1. Got mine at a local mom and pop auto parts store that used to cater to 100 series tractor restoration....back when they repaired/restored them around here. They are still a prime source for tractor parts, either in stock or next day delivery.



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Ultradog MN

10-23-2019 02:53:29




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 Re: Ford 3000 Valve Cover Gasket Replacement in reply to Chris Hetrick, 10-22-2019 23:58:59  
What condition were the bolt holes in the valve cover when you removed it?
Frequently someone will over torque those bolts on a leaky valve cover and bend them downwards. You can fix it by removing the cover and pounding the holes flat again.
I never use dope or pucky on those or any gaskets.
If you need pucky to seal it find out what's wrong and fix it.



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Chris Hetrick

10-23-2019 15:00:42




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 Re: Ford 3000 Valve Cover Gasket Replacement in reply to Ultradog MN, 10-23-2019 02:53:29  
It cleaned up great, looked fine to me. I think my brother had something to do with the valve cover gasket getting ruined. I don't know if it would do that, but he was trying to start it and putting ether in the air tube, I know, I know.... anyways, it back fired and caught the ground on fire around it but we got it put out right away. Would a big backfire blow out a valve cover gasket? When I get it re-checked out, should I torque it and get the tighten down pattern on it?

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