one bolt has some very light water around the head bolt. Then sometimes its not there??
Is this a reason to pull the head back off? The car runs very solid with no skips. Thought I had better ask for some advice.
Jamie, I'm using one of the new silicon treated head gaskets and certainly didn't anticipate any problems. After only a short time, I noticed antifreeze around the second head bolt from the rear in the center of the head. The head has been reconditioned due to a previous crack, so I really got worried. I was advised to coat the threads with PermaTex red hitemp and reinstall the head bolt. While I was at it, I used my Proto click-click torque wrench to check all the torque. The last guy to torque the head was not me and he said he torqued all of them to either 50 or 55 lbs. (I can't remember which) Anyway, if my torque wrench is correct, All were under by at least 5 lbs and some might have been close to 10.
Jaimie, In some cases the head bolts will go into water.This is not usual in Ts but can happen with rust in the water jackets, re-threaded holes etc. There is a special sealant for this application. Some C***y V8s have head studs which always go into water and need sealant. Any good parts house/engine shop should be able to advise you.
Hope this helps.
Allan from down under.
Did you retorque the head bolts after the engine had run and heated up a short time or after a short drive?
I vote for Jerry's suggestion.
Had the same problem with my rebuilt engine last year. A fellow club member put me onto a Permatex product Indian Head Gasket shellac. A small amount in the bottom of the hole and a light coating on the threads on the bolt - problem solved.
Yes i re-torqued the bolts . Sounds like some permatex is in order.
I just wasn't sure since the motor runs so well if there was any risks of water into the wrong place so I thought I had better ask.