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Old 06-28-2012, 10:38 AM   #19
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Originally Posted by Stinger9 View Post
This isn't rocket science.
Make sure our VC is sound without chips or cracks. Clean well and degrease with brake cleaner.
Wipe down the head surface with cleaner.
Use a name brand first line new gasket each time, and install it dry.
No need for a torque wrench. Use a 1/4" drive so as not to use too much muscle, and use a torque pattern similar to doing a head gasket.
Use the Beisan instructions for fine points. Use thin coats of RTV where directed.
Let the engine set for at least an hour before starting.
He did all that per TIS. Like I said, he needs a new valve cover. It's warped. Read my response again... I'm doing a thread on this soon.
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