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I ruined one of my header gaskets tonight. I called the only parts store in the county that is still open and asked if they had a small block ford header gasket. The parts guy said they stock a "copper seal exhaust manifold gasket for Ford 289, 302, 351W" in their high-performance section. Will this work for a header gasket?

BTW I know a lot of racers don't use header gaskets, but the used headers I bought don't look like they would seal up without a little help.

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I have a system that works. I use the regular manifold gasket's,
two sets. Take one gasket and lay it down on a flat surface, put a
1/8" bead of high temp. silicone around each port, place the second
gasket on top. Do not squish down, leave about the thickness of a
paper match in between the two. Let it dry over night. Then glue the
two gasket's to the header with the high temp. silicone and let it dry
over night. The paper side of the gasket goes to the motor and the
perf. metal side to the header. What you will end up with is a forgiving
gasket that won't move around on you when you go to install the headers.
I have showed it to several people and we all use it now and it does not leek,
and is a lot cheaper than the high performance gasket's. Good Luck!


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why didnt you tell me this before i spent 40 bucks on those performance gaskets from summit? oh well, they should at least last forever anyway. i hope.

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Sorry! I hope it helps some of the other people who are dired of the paper
Mr. Gasket junk. Doug Thorley makes a good gasket also. I had a problem
with headers and dried every type of gasket there was, this was years ago
before the high performance stuff was out, I woke up from a deep sleep
with this idea and it does work very well. I have it on the track car and it
has no leek after two trips to LA (8hr) and 2 1/2 years of open track events.
It is cheap and easy to do. The low buck stuff is the most fun for me.


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