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Dec 23, 2016, 06:24 PM
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Head gaskets

Head gaskets are a time consuming item to make ,it doesn't matter how you do them . I've tried cutting , sissors, knife ,punch,special tools and so on . Just a pain in the neck !!! Now I just bite the bullit and make a jig system to suit and make what ever amount will fit in it and put the leftovers in a bag with all the other leftovers . Then go thru the bag to check before making a new jig or boring out an older one to suit the size you want . I make the inner hole jig first ,for no reason other than that's the way I do it and then the lock cap to suit it so it holds the material tight ,I punch and put all types and thickness of material in the jig to bore out so gives me a few choices of size and type to use on the engine . From 1 to 10 thou,alum ,brass, copper,oilite, card stock, just fill it and bore . When they are made I make another jig to suit the internal hole and put them all on and lock up tight and then machine the outer to the diameter required for the particular head . Job done ,still time consuming and machines required but when the engine has a groove for the head gasket ,I find that this is easiest for me . It's either fiddle for hrs and get frustrated or ,spend a couple of hrs and do it properly
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