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Head gasket change

Colin Armstrong

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Too add….. the studs are generally fine, the OE ones are very good quality. However, the nuts, not so much. As the torque, 48lb/ft iirc, is pretty much the top end for a 3/8” UNF fastener, the nuts are prone to stripping and the typical replacements struggle to hold at all. You also need to be aware that the washers are hardened and should only be replaced like-for-like.

The best solution I know of is to buy a set of flanged nut intended for the A-series engines from MiniSpares. These hold the torque reliably and don’t need washers.


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