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ford 2310 leaks around the valve cover

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07-22-2020 09:55:16

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Over the winter, I worked on restoring my 1982 Ford 2310. I rebuilt the head, replaced injectors, replace pto shaft seal, replaced the radiator, etc. I have everything done and it is all back together and it runs great. However, I have one remaining problem that I am not sure how to address. It seems that the valve cover doesn't seem to seat right. When I took it apart, the cover had like a sealant like silicone or something instead of a gasket. When I put it back together, I used a gasket. I am not sure if there is a trick to getting the gasket to seal that I don't know or if the cover is damaged in someway that I don't see. But oil leaks pretty much the entire perimeter of the cover. Maybe that is why the previous owner put the silicone instead of a gasket. I lose about a half a quart of oil per hour when it runs which I really don't like for lots of reasons. Any ideas or tricks someone can share to fix this?

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07-22-2020 10:23:37

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 Re: ford 2310 leaks around the valve cover in reply to underhilld2, 07-22-2020 09:55:16  
Getting a cork gasket to seal can be tough, especially if the cover is not perfectly flat. I use Permatex aviation sealant on those gaskets. Guaranteed not to leak once you coat both sides. In fact, you'll be cursing me if you use it and then have to pull the cover back off a year later, as you'll be literally ripping the gasket in half to get the cover back off. But, it will not leak.

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