my headgasket/s are gone on my 90 thunderbird LX, they just went at 75k. I was lucky to notice before the engine ever got overheated. (I just bought the car a few months ago. I backflushed and bled the cooling system, replaced the water pump, new serpentine belt and pulleys, and replaced the t-stat and changed to oil and used syn/blend 10w30 with a motorcraft filter and changed all the fluids/filters and did a full tune-up. Then engine purred like a kitten!!!!) There is no water in the oil, but the coolant was overflowing out of the radiator (with the cap off, and the engine cooled down) and white smoke bellowing out if the tail pipe. I am going to replace them myself, and I want to get a set of gaskets that will last longer than 75k, I don't want to have to do this again if all possible!!
What are the options I have that are better than the stock gaskets? I am thinking about buying the felpro gaskets, but i have also heard that there are "better" ones that are used on '99 and up 3.8 engines that will work? What do I ask for when I go to Autozone or whatever, to get the 'best' headgaskets possible? thanks!!!!
btw I seached the forum but didn't get a strait answer that I wanted. I just got things like "I heard that a 99+ gasket will work", or: "Ford makes a better one, but the felpro one works too". I want an answer from someone that has done this before, and knows thatt the felpro is infact better then the sucky ones i have now from ford, or what ever other options I have besidess that.
Thank you very much
p.s. I have a datsun 240z and i raced that engine and abused it for 4 years, everyday, and put over 50k miles on it, it has a strait six and aluminum head with an iron block, and the head gasked is just fine! then I get this FORD and maintain and take care of it maticulously, WTF!???