OK, let me preface this message with "Yes, I *did* try the search function . . ."
I had occasion to remove everything on top of my engine to get to the fuel rail to replace the fuel pressure reg. Now I just have to reinstall it all.
I've got the Teflon strips and RTV-like sealant to reseal my supercharger (can't I just say blower?) ducting. Not wanting to mess up the small quantity of Teflon strips provided, what is the best/successful way to go about sealing the blower output ducting?
Thank you for any clues or suggestions.
More than likely, the answer you will receive on the SCCOA website will be one of the following ..
a. Do a search, this has been covered many times over the years
b. Buy the Re-useable Teflon IC gasket set that dDUBb sells on Ebay, or through PM ( very limited quantities available, I will not be making any more after these last two sets are sold ) .. there are others who sell and copied my design, but they are half the thickness of my gaskets and only good for so many re-uses.
c. Where the fuck did you find OEM sealing tape, that has been obsolete for over 15 years, its worth more brand new in the box .. see response b. or d.
d. Use RTV
The Ford Service manual is very vague on details, but basically they say to lay the tape down about 3mm (1/8" ) from the inside along the spherical surfaces and overlap the ends approximately 6mm ( 1/4" ) - be careful not to nick or damage the sealing surfaces during installation.
I could detail how to do this using standard over the counter Teflon tape using Isopropyl alcohol but the method is a bit tricky and I don't want to set anybody up for failure.
I normally install these in the reverse order of removal - starting with the lower IC tube tightened in place first, then loosely install the upper IC tube, followed by the Intercooler itself. Once these are all "hand tight", you can tighten down all of the 13mm retaining nuts evenly.
I remove the old gasket material with a razor blade and clean with solvent, be very careful not to damage the aluminum surfaces, since they scratch very easily - do not use a wire wheel or brush
The RTV like sealer you are using for the SC Top I am assuming is some type of Anerobic sealer ( cures in the lack of oxygen ) .. but RTV works just as good as long as you don't get it inside the SC opening .. DO NOT use the Teflon IC top gasket ( even though I am the one who originally developed this piece ), As I have determined over the years, there is not enough clamping force on the Top to provide a sufficient seal and you will more than likely end up stripping the SC casing.