This is an FYI for all the folks who offered help how to make sure this intake manifold remains sealed. My problem is there was no obvious problem, so I missed something the last time I replaced it.
(Around 1988, while coming back from a show in Victoria BC, we developed a bad case of valve recession causing a guide failure, hot exhaust coming out of the valve cover etc. We got to Ray Doern’s home in Portland and in his back yard, pulled both heads that night. We got the heads to a machine shop at 10 pm. We picked them at noon next day, painted them and installed them wet. It was running that afternoon and we left at 7 the next morning. Needless to say, I may have overlooked something back then.)
One of the issues which Jeff Carter raised was using gasket sealer on the intake manifold valley gasket. There was one in particular he favored, but I have been unable to raise him over the holidays. I asked here and got a lot of good information. I went to my local NAPA store yesterday and checked on the suggested sealers available, but remained undecided. I checked the directions on each of them and, they all had one or more of the following issues:
1. Specified to be NOT fuel resistant.
2. Specified to be hardening and permanent.
3. Not heat resistant.
I settled on a Powermatex product but did not use it.
But then I carefully read the directions on the tiny tube which came with the Felpro gasket set. I noticed the application instruction drawings looked like my intake and block, so I used it instead. By using a small bead, there is just enough in that tiny tube to do exactly what they instruct you to do (ends of valley head to head, underside intake ports, install gasket, tops of intake ports.
We will see. I hope to have it running soon.Thanks for all the suggestions.
Posted by: Michael Moore <mmoore8425@xxxxxxx>
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