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Old 02-16-2016, 08:21 PM   #1
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1997 F53 Head gaskets

I picked up a head gasket set at Oreillys they are felpro part number HS8558PT10 has any one used this set of gaskets. They don't look like the old ones, I guess you would say not as rebust looking. The part numbers on the gaskets in the kit are head gasket 1018 and intake gasket 94175. Just want to make sure I don't have to take it apart for a bad gasket. Thanks James
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Old 02-17-2016, 11:10 AM   #2
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I hope that I am not out of order here but I'd take them back and get the newest version of them from a Ford dealer. If you have any doubts I'd be nervous. I am a cheapskate. When it comes to head gaskets I do know that the engine makers change them over time to address issues and this may or may not be the case with that engine I would play it safe.
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Old 02-17-2016, 01:03 PM   #3
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X 2 on that recommendation. There's just to much work involved doing that job to have an aftermarket brand of maybe not the latest head gaskets fail.

Years ago I was told by several individuals when changing a rubber timing belt always go to the dealer. If the first one got 70,000 plus miles why not use the dealer belt. This was on Honda's.

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Old 02-17-2016, 04:15 PM   #4
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Ford head gaskets for us RV'rs

You will need to use Fel-Pro's severe duty series head gasket for the 460 in your RV

Ruggedly engineered, these head gaskets feature an impressive collection of exclusive enhancements that ensure superior performance and longevity under the toughest conditions and keep severe duty vehicles’ (like RV, commercial, and towing vehicles) engines sealed reliably.

Part #; FEL-520SD $33.00 @ Summit
http://www.summitracing.com/int/sear...ue-severe-duty

Use a roloc green disc on a grinder or air tool die grinder (smaller version and better safety) to prep the block surface (deck) & the cylinder heads
3M: http://multimedia.3m.com/mws/media/6...stle-discs.pdf

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Old 02-19-2016, 03:29 PM   #5
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The Fel-Pro 1018 head gasket is what the guys on 460Ford.com use. I have a set on my 460/528 stroker. It's a good head gasket. Make sure you install the gasket properly. The larger coolant holes go to the rear of the engine. Torque to 140 lbs., in 3 or 4 increments.

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Thanks Richard after getting the old one and new one side by side they look the same. I started putting it back together today I got the head on and intake. I was putting the ac compressor back and found the clutch loose think the bearing is bad wiil pull it off tomarrow. At least I found it before I had a breakdown somewhere.
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