Does anyone know the torque setting for the head bolts on a 1927 T stock head..... Thanks for any help ... Joe
Use Google and search for "MTFCA Head Bolt Torque".
Joe there were never any torque specs from Ford when the Model T was being produced. The generally accepted value right now is 50 ft-lbs. Some folks go a little higher like 55 and some a little lower like 45.
After you torque it, run the engine to warm up, then re-torque. You'll see that it's backed down to about 35 ft-lbs.
When replacing a head gasket I always chase the head bolt threads, blow them out, then use a little anti-seize compound on the bolts. I prefer the copper gasket coated with a copper gasket sealant. Make sure the head gasket is oriented correctly, then I torque the bolt down in the recommended pattern 10 ft/lbs at a time until I get to 50 ft/lbs. Go through at least four heat up cycles and re-torque when the engine is HOT (regular operating temp). With aluminum heads the procedure is a little different as they should be re-torqued when cold). Good luck!
Agree with Kev right up to the re-torque when hot line. Have always run it, let it cool overnight then a cold re-torque. This is on standard heads. Comments?