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    So, are you Zed with me, in saying the VITON rings, in a full copper gasket might be redundant?
    No rings below the Acorn nuts, clamping the outer top of the head either...

    Bear in mind, all of you reading, that I've undertaken this job, after the 5th trouser sprayed with oil, dripping from the engine, circling the clutch case and ending on the lower left leg.

    Folklore apart, an engine should not leak full stop
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    To avoid leaking, full stop, this is what you should do: 1) check the gasket surface for flatness and surface finish on both the cylinder and head and have them faced if not perfect, 2) buy fresh OEM gaskets and seals, from the base gasket on up, 3) assembly per the factory manual, 4) after each heat cycle of the engine after rebuild retorque the head nuts until you confirm the torque is not falling off from one check to the next, 5) check torque again at 500 miles. One option is to get some APE head studs and nuts, this will allow you to increase torque on the nuts up to 30 ft-lb. The extra clamp force may not be needed but it won't hurt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lorenzo View Post
    So, are you Zed with me, in saying the VITON rings, in a full copper gasket might be redundant?
    No rings below the Acorn nuts, clamping the outer top of the head also...

    Bear in mind, all of you reading, that I've undertaken this job, after the 5th trouser sprayed with oil, dripping from the engine, circling the clutch case and ending on the lower left leg.

    Folklore apart, an engine should not leak full stop
    This is the Orient Express Turbo funny that i rebuilt.
    It runs 30psi boost, produces 250hp and runs 8.1 quarters at 168mph average.
    It runs a copper head gasket coated with Loctite 3020 sealer.
    It's never leaked in the seven years since i built it.
    If you prep the surfaces correctly this should answer your question.

    Also if you want an alternative to the stock or copper gasket then Cometic produce MLS gaskets.
    If they have your fitment they are capable of withstanding turbo boost pressures without piano wiring liners or using any sealer so would easily be good enough for a stock motor.
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    The Mean Green is impressive!!

    Yes the prepping takes a substantial part in the succesfulness of the work.
    I indeed used the 3020 spry, but must confess I only let it cure for about 15 min out of anticipation...

    Right what you say, about not having to anneal a copper gasket if employed in an hot environment, but if anyone does it , do it maybe holding it with tweezers or pliers, or laying it on a clean flat surface. Also, do not worry about the flatness (once annealed), cause when taken between the two opposing surfaces, it will happily rearrange it's molecular pattern towards a flat disposition .

    The way I did it, as documented by the pic above, on a couple of refractory bricks, may potentially lead to particles of silica embedding on the copper surface, (guess how I hnow) which if going undetected, may be a cause for concern.

    Nessism, I really do appreciate your approach, which cannot be faulted on the broad.

    But after having gone to three gaskets (albeit pattern) + four cam covers and one cylinder one, how could I tell, the one who faulted me first, was not an original one...?

    Making them out of copper, gives me a leaway, after being confortable with the planarity of the surfaces, as you said, for future lift-offs, without having to worry about (hopefully) getting a new one, each time I take a peek on it.

    No problem living with an "el-cheapo" or "el-dumbo" fame, but I think the implement is gonna cost me way more than a factory standard one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lorenzo View Post
    Yes the prepping takes a substantial part in the succesfulness of the work.
    I indeed used the 3020 spry, but must confess I only let it cure for about 15 min out of anticipation...

    Right what you say, about not having to anneal a copper gasket if employed in an hot environment, but if anyone does it , do it maybe holding it with tweezers or pliers, or laying it on a clean flat surface. Also, do not worry about the flatness (once annealed), cause when taken between the two opposing surfaces, it will happily rearrange it's molecular pattern towards a flat disposition .
    First the annealing.
    Hang the copper gasket with a steel wire (thin welding rod) and heat evenly to cherry red with a blow torch then immediately quench in cold water.
    This will anneal the same as natural cooling but flashes off the oxides for a clean surface.

    For the 3020 sealer, Once gasket is annealed and dry, hang the gasket and mist coat in several layers until you get a solid even pink colour.
    Leave overnight to tack off then fit when needed.
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    Thanks for the valuable insight.

    As far as following a direction towards the carrying out of this undertaking, I think I'm gonna start with a plain gasket, no o-rings; then run the engine in a controlled environment and, if it does seep, I'll open up the peripheral holes and drop some rubber in.
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