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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old Oct 28th, 18, 06:20 PM Thread Starter
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Valve cover gasket installation to glue or not to glue?

Back in the day I used this Aviation form a gasket on valve covers

What is the preferred method nowadays? Im using cork fel-pro gaskets and some OER chrome stock GM repro valve covers
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post #2 of 20 (permalink) Old Oct 28th, 18, 06:39 PM
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Re: Valve cover gasket installation to glue or not to glue?

Unless you're going for that all original look, get some Felpro blue silicone gaskets. The mounting holes have crush sleeves and they can be removed and replaced over and over with no leaks.
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Re: Valve cover gasket installation to glue or not to glue?

if using studs for the valve cover no need to glue, especially if using the gaskets mentioned above
cork gaskets and bolts, I used 4 pieces of sewing thread and a dab of glue in the center of each end
makes cleanup a lot easier when replacing gaskets
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Re: Valve cover gasket installation to glue or not to glue?

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if using studs for the valve cover no need to glue, especially if using the gaskets mentioned above
cork gaskets and bolts, I used 4 pieces of sewing thread and a dab of glue in the center of each end
makes cleanup a lot easier when replacing gaskets
I'm not visualizing this,,,,sorry but it sounds like a decent idea

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Re: Valve cover gasket installation to glue or not to glue?

Permatex Copper Gasket Maker but be conservative with it, no need to over do it.
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Re: Valve cover gasket installation to glue or not to glue?

Yes I just ordered some of those in the Stainless variety,,I meant the trick with the thread and glue...

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Re: Valve cover gasket installation to glue or not to glue?

place the valve cover open end up place gasket on VC use sewing thread to tie the gasket in places in vc and gasket
add a dab of glue at each end
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Re: Valve cover gasket installation to glue or not to glue?

I also do studs for most everything, including oil pans, valve covers, but, I do it a bit differently than expensive studs. I use Allen set screws, they are available just about everywhere, hardware stores, mcmaster.com, and, they work, not expensive, and, they have an Allen socket to insert and remove them. Simple nuts work, along with flat and lock washers if desired.

In working on all sorts of motorcycles as well, I changed my view of gasket sealer preparations. The cases of most motorcycles do not use paper, nor rubber gaskets, they use a sealer compound that sets soft, and is easily removed. It also works excellent with gaskets as well. in fact, it works so well, it is the compound used on intake manifold gaskets around water jackets, a bead of sealer, wither blue, gray, whatever. This stuff is made by the company that makes it for all the motorcycle manufacturers, Three-Bond, and the number is 1194, or whatever they call it now. Cleans off with acetone, or lacquer thinner, easily worked with, a little on a gasket goes a long, long way.

It also works on metal to metal, plastics to metals, and other situations where a good self sealing compound is needed. It is NOT workable for sealing beads on the front and rear areas of intake manifolds to eliminate the rubber end seals, nor for exhaust system heat levels.
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Re: Valve cover gasket installation to glue or not to glue?

Valve cover gaskets leak most often not because of the gasket material used or the use or not of sealer.

They leak because they are over tightened. Particularly with the stamped steel chrome and painted covers.

The studs are a good choice and will keep the gaskets in place when installing. I would follow the instructions supplied by the gasket supplier. When I use sealer I like this one.

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Re: Valve cover gasket installation to glue or not to glue?

All good ideas, I went with the ARP Studs

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Re: Valve cover gasket installation to glue or not to glue?

Honestly get the silicon felpro with the steel core too. Itís like a belt and suspenders. No fail.

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Honestly get the silicon felpro with the steel core too. Itís like a belt and suspenders. No fail.

I did and got the ARP studs,,seems like a good combo

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If you use the felpro silicon do not apply any sealer.

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