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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-12-2013, 10:27 PM Thread Starter
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Cool Advice for head gasket replacement

I am on day two of my headgasket job and could use some pointers, tips, tricks and all that jazz to make it a little easier. I have been working on it in my time between work and school and its killing me getting my car back in running shape. I just got the heads off and any help is very appreciated as I am still kind of a newb when it comes to thunderbirds and 3.8s.

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-13-2013, 06:57 AM
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IMO, gasket remover and 96+ heads with matching gaskets (could go MLS but not really worth it for a stock N/A).

If all else fails get a bigger hammer!

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96 1/2 XR7 Sold and Salvaged
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-13-2013, 07:08 PM
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An accurate torque wrench. The head bolts on my sc were under torqued when I bought it, as a result it blew the gasket less than 500 miles after a rebuild. So dude sold it, and I bought it.

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whats the differce bettween the 96 heads and my 93's heads. are they better for not blowing head gaskets
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-14-2013, 07:07 AM
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Coolant passage redesign that puts more material to stop the HG issues. Not required but if you are going to keep the car I'd spend the ~$250 for a set of head out of junkyard. Now if you don't plan on keeping the car for ever don't worry about it.

If all else fails get a bigger hammer!

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MLS gaskets! and newer heads! 96+
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