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Sparex head gasket doesn't fit Ford 3000 diesel

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Tech477

10-27-2019 10:17:04




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I orderd the Sparex head gasket kit from Yesterday's tractor and went to install it today and it won't fit over the dowel pins in the block. Has any else had this issue? The holes are too small and look to be too close together causing the gasket to blow up when you align it with the dowel pins.




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RickB

10-27-2019 14:35:10




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 Re: Sparex head gasket doesn't fit Ford 3000 diesel in reply to Tech477, 10-27-2019 10:17:04  
When I was a parts manager we took on Sparex because they had some items that nobody else seemed to have. Like all aftermarket parts suppliers, some of the stuff is great, some is junk. What I didnít like was they didnít stand behind the junk. I got 3 sets of tailored plug wires for 3 cylinder Fords. Had the correct size boots and everything. Sold two sets and they both came back immediately because they raced through the insulation. One of the sets was right in our own shop. Wouldnít issue credit, accept returns or take any responsibility. Ended up throwing all 3 sets in the trash and eating the cost.

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RickB

10-27-2019 14:36:06




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 Re: Sparex head gasket doesn't fit Ford 3000 diesel in reply to RickB, 10-27-2019 14:35:10  
Arced through the insulation.



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fredstev

10-27-2019 11:35:01




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 Re: Sparex head gasket doesn't fit Ford 3000 diesel in reply to Tech477, 10-27-2019 10:17:04  
Ran into the same problem with sparex for the 172 engine, but with the pushrod holes. Didn't feel like fighting it, so picked up a Felpro gasket which fit perfectly. Suspect Chinese metric to inch and round to one # after decimal point.



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nashranch

10-27-2019 11:00:57




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 Re: Sparex head gasket doesn't fit Ford 3000 diesel in reply to Tech477, 10-27-2019 10:17:04  
Yep i had the same problem a while back replacing the head gasket on my 3000. I took my dremel tool with a small circular sand drum and reamed out the holes so they would fit over the dowels. good ole aftermarket Sparex parts



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MJ in the UK

10-28-2019 03:10:54




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 Re: Sparex head gasket doesn't fit Ford 3000 diesel in reply to nashranch, 10-27-2019 11:00:57  
Hi folks, last year I restored a 1962 Dexta for my wife and bought a Sparex nose cone and bonnet. The nose cone fitted perfect but the bonnet was the wrong shape and over one inch short on the left hand side and other Sparex parts did not fit well either. The tractor is going to a large tractor show here in the UK next month with a large notice on the bonnet saying do not buy parts from Sparex. MJ

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