I have an older head gasket that is two layers of copper with what looks like asbestos in the middle. It is made in England. Is it any good for use or should I buy a new one?
That may be a better gasket than you can buy today. Look it over for kinks, etc. I would use it without hesitation
Ill agree, look it over as Jim said, and use it
And, I might do this, subject to looking it over. Again, might. An overnight soak in what starts out, at least, HOT water. I have rejuvenated many used headgaskets,and the good old copper clad inlet and outlet gaskets. In fact now that I think of it, I used to boil them in an old beat up roasting pan. They swell up a measurable amount.
Just make sure you get it on correctly...the wide water passage goes to the rear.
Thanks for the feedback. I hear of old repro parts that were not so good so I wanted to check on this.
That's bad stuff in there. you can send that directly to me! Spray it with a good coat of Copper Coat on both sides then just start all the bolts so you have the gasket positioned good.
Martin has a good suggestion don't put it on backwards....
I agree with Jim
Ah heck the gasket on my car (knock on wood) came off a different engine and I have driven the car on a number of tours and just general driving. The important thing is to re torque the head and use good sealer. On stock engines I have used copper coat on one side and grease on the block side, grease on both sides and copper coat on both in the past on head gaskets. Torque to about 45 FP, any more there is the chance in pulling threads in block.
My grandpa used to boil his old used head gaskets and then freeze them. He always said "poor boys" have "poor ways"
Donnie, I love that!! The exact same thing was told to me by one of my T mentors around 1980.Brings back memories of a pleasant time getting to know people from the greatest generation that I was not related to.
While I got to know these guys from the greatest generation, I also got to bury them. In a 12 month period in 95-96,i was a pall bearer no fewer than six times.And that is just where I helped put them in the ground,not the total number of friends I lost.AND,as unbelievable as it sounds now, I also buried a couple of their FATHERS. WW1 veterans in their mid-late 90's and one over 100.Including a Belleau Wood Marine. Heart rending beyond description.
I would use it on my car. Thankfully I don't need it TODAY... Tim
Is there apart number or manufacturer's name on it ? I took one off our '19 Centerdoor that has rather large intake valves and a stock gasket interfered with the valves.
Forgot to add - it had "Made in England" on it also.
My grandfather has always sworn that the NOS head gaskets are better than the new repro ones; something about the asbestos making a better sandwiching material or something. I have a NOS gasket on my motor.
The trick I was taught is to soak the gasket overnight in water, then the filler can "squish" more easily where it needs too. In spite of machining the surfaces "flat" there are still irregularities.