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Which head gasket set?

PostPost by: JJDraper » Thu Jun 13, 2019 3:30 pm

Why bother with all this technical stuff? What you all need is this...

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Says it works in 99% of the time or your money back! No tools required (apart from the punter).

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PostPost by: el-saturn » Thu Jun 13, 2019 4:11 pm

my highest measurement was/is 0.0015" = 0,038mm - the gasket is 1,2 thick an you compress to 1,0 sandy
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PostPost by: 69S4 » Thu Jun 13, 2019 4:49 pm

JJDraper wrote:Why bother with all this technical stuff? What you all need is this...

IMG_20190613_123615074.jpg


Says it works in 99% of the time or your money back! No tools required (apart from the punter).

:lol: :lol: :lol:

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I seem to remember from way back another snake oil product, a kind of paste that you squirted down the plug hole and it fixed a worn bore. Can't remember its name but a tube of that plus the head gasket stuff and the engine'd be perfect. No need for rebores or stripdowns.

Confession time - I actually bought some of the worn bore stuff when my Lambretta started losing compression. In my defence I was only 16 at the time and it was heavily marketed but, as the Specials sang, "it did nothing for me". (What it actually needed was a new set of rings)
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PostPost by: JonB » Thu Jun 13, 2019 8:10 pm

Well this is all very interesting but I seem to be no closer to a definitive answer.

I do want to use an Ajusa gasket but I'm worried that the minimum size is, well, a bit too big. So I will end up with a "standard" copper gasket as we see in the Burtons catalogue. I recall that Miles says one should spread Wellseal on both sides before fitting, presumably like butter (awful messy job). What say you all?
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PostPost by: 2cams70 » Fri Jun 14, 2019 12:27 am

JonB wrote:Well this is all very interesting but I seem to be no closer to a definitive answer.I do want to use an Ajusa gasket but I'm worried that the minimum size is, well, a bit too big. So I will end up with a "standard" copper gasket as we see in the Burtons catalogue. I recall that Miles says one should spread Wellseal on both sides before fitting, presumably like butter (awful messy job). What say you all?


I used a gasket from HJ in my engine. Small one man band making custom gaskets here in Australia but I think he's still in business. Topic has been discussed before:

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Some good information about LTC history in the Miles book but some of the rebuild information is a bit out of date especially with regards to use of sealants. I think he has shares in Dow Corning. Use of sealants in a lot of situations is for "psychological benefit only" and can be detrimental. A good quality gasket material and having even level flanges are more important.
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