BBC 396 Head Bolts that need Sealant
I am getting ready to install head bolts. This is my question; I have ARP Assembly Lube and I have ARP Thread Sealer. Which bolts get the sealer? I know where to put the assembly lube but I'm wondering if the sealer can get mixed in with the lube on the threads. I think I need to try to get the sealant down further into the threads and not just apply it to the bolt, as that will just spread it out over the bolt and threaded hole and not actually isolate it down at the bottom of the threads and where it needs to be to seal. There is only .010-.020" of clearance between the bolt and the threaded hole and the sealer will not appear to be effective in sealing, UNLESS applying the sealer over the bolt is preferred to get it to seal along the length of the threads.
I cleaned out the threads with a cleaning tap and a barrel brush. Should I use alcohol or acetone in the threads before I apply the sealant? I think I need to insure the coolant is low enough to not allow it to come into contact with the sealant otherwise I don't think it will actually seal.
1969 SS 396 X66 - RS Conversion - TKO600 - 3.73 Posi - Paint Code 71-LeMans Blue