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#3228158 - 12/26/13 10:41 AM Re: Making a gasket [Re: Rick in PA]
ram_man Offline


Registered: 03/15/13
Posts: 1690
Loc: southern mo
Originally Posted By: Rick in PA
I'm cheap and I'd consider making a gasket, but not in this case, too big.

A. Buy the right one.
B. Goop it with some silicone stuff.

My 2 cents.


It is pretty big that's why I asked here maybe someone had a way of doing it that worked that I couldn't think of. Money isn't really the issue I mean 20-30 bucks isn't a huge deal . But if i could get what I need for half that I would rather do that. Maybe I'm cheap.
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#3228637 - 12/26/13 08:04 PM Re: Making a gasket [Re: ram_man]
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Registered: 01/30/07
Posts: 9390
Loc: Clovis, CA
Originally Posted By: ram_man
Originally Posted By: eljefino
If you lack the ambition to use a proper gasket, and have to ask here what to use, perhaps overhauling this engine (in the non-committed future) may not be for you.


I really don't need a smart mouth comment.


At least he got your attention. I posted three very polite posts and you didn't acknowledge them at all.

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#3228673 - 12/26/13 08:41 PM Re: Making a gasket [Re: ram_man]
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Registered: 06/03/02
Posts: 4742
Loc: MI
If Merk's part number is correct, I got the set down to about $17 (including tax) at your local Advanced Auto, using a discount code. It seems like a widely stocked part.

You could sell the other one on Craigs List for a few bucks and break even vs. the cost of form-a-gasket.

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#3228676 - 12/26/13 08:43 PM Re: Making a gasket [Re: ram_man]
Rick in PA Online   content


Registered: 01/04/03
Posts: 2166
Loc: Southeastern, PA
Originally Posted By: ram_man
Originally Posted By: Rick in PA
I'm cheap and I'd consider making a gasket, but not in this case, too big.

A. Buy the right one.
B. Goop it with some silicone stuff.

My 2 cents.


It is pretty big that's why I asked here maybe someone had a way of doing it that worked that I couldn't think of. Money isn't really the issue I mean 20-30 bucks isn't a huge deal . But if i could get what I need for half that I would rather do that. Maybe I'm cheap.


Don't take me wrong. I thought about how one would make a gasket. A single sheet of material to make a splice-free gasket could easily cost as much the die cut gasket. You'd still have to cut out the gasket, which would be difficult, time consuming and probably require a template to get one that would work. Making the gasket out of strip material would introduce joints in the gasket at the corners. I strongly suspect it would leak at those joints.

Making a valve cover gasket might be done for an antique restoration job, where a die cut gasket wasn't available. It would be done to make the vehicle look factory new and it would be a tedious process.

Yeah, my post was a little flippant, sorry about that.
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#3228896 - 12/27/13 05:59 AM Re: Making a gasket [Re: Char Baby]
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Registered: 05/25/05
Posts: 7319
Loc: Rochester NY
Originally Posted By: Merkava_4
Permatex Right Stuff might be an option for you.
Originally Posted By: Char Baby
RTV may be your cheapest choice!

Indeed! Either will be fine...This is the way that I'd go for ~ $10, though, I haven't seen "RIGHT STUFF" in several years. I have used Right Stuff in the past and I like the "Cheese Wiz" type application. smile
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#3229663 - 12/28/13 12:42 AM Re: Making a gasket [Re: ram_man]
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I ended up buying the set for 12 bucks. Its really nice to know people. smile
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