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283 head gasket replacement

Post by Jeff » Thu Jun 03, 2021 8:30 pm

It’s time to replace the head gaskets on my 64 19’ Sea Skiff Sportsman. It’s been about 10 years since the last engine overhaul with new blocks et al. I will have the heads properly prepped by a local speed shop and then torque properly with a good tool. I believe failure (water) was introduced by a failed manifold gasket, leading to failure of the head gaskets. (After compression test of the 8 cylinders, have one on each side reading zero compression). I play in salt water, trailering the boat to the marina two weeks out of the year.
Question: what is the best head gasket for my application? Brand, material, thickness, etc.. Got a recommended source?
Thanks for advice!
Jeff Light
1964 19' Sea Skiff Sportsman
Woodville, VA

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