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boosted85 Offline
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#1
just got it back together and everything is running smooth no leaks or noises not overheating. Now i want to drive it lol, how does this work i just did this last month and blew the gasket between cyclinders 1 and 2 i got a new head now and its alittle low with a straight edge about .001 in between the cyclinders which my mechanic measured and said its fine and well within specs. But like i was sayin i want to drive it but dont want to blow it again so how long before i can get on it and make some boost.
Complete custom downpipe to tail pipe 3in exhaust, ranger cam, cran double valve springs, stock dsm bov switchin out for a good aftermarket, cone filter, fmi 2.5in piping, walbro 342hp, aeromotive fpr, fuel pressure 45 base, 17in cobra R's, steel braided oil feed line, 96lb injectors, megasquirt 1 v2.2, msd blaster 2 coil 86 t3 48, innovative lc1 wideband,
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Pete D Offline
Administrator
#2
If it's put back together right, you don't have to nurse a head gasket, it's ready to go. If you have other new parts - pistons, rings, bearing, then give it a few hundred moderate miles and an oil change before a major blow out.
Pete Dunham


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jangus Offline
Senior Member
#3
Don't rattle the engine, avoid detonation. You can blow gaskets alot, but you may eventually pop a hole in a piston.
If you just replaced one last month, and it's toast already, either you're tune is off and you rattled the heck out of the engine, something isn't flat, or the headbolts were improperly torqued.
88TC 5speed, 160,000+, ranger roller, Evergreen T3, cone filter, manual boost controller.
One parts car still waiting to be taken apart.
Waiting in the garage: SC throttle body, SC intercooler, graphic equalizer, among other things.
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Paulie Offline
Banned
#4
Sir their are several reasons for a head gasket to not seal properly on a 2.3 Ford.

1 Is the deck straight and flat?

2 Is the head straight and flat> Yours was checked ok

3 Did you use new bolts or better yet studs?

4 was your torque values correct?

5 Was your torque wrench calibrated?

6 Did you use the correct torque wrench?

7 Did you follow the correct torque pattern or sequence?

8 Did you cycle and retorque?

9 What type or part number was the gasket?

10 Did you re-tap or chase the block threads?

11 Did you remove the rust inhibitor on the bolts if they were new?

12 did you use the proper chemicals on the threads?

13 Is it running hot?

14 Does the fans and cooling system operate correctly?

15 I personally believe the engine will live longer if the cooling system is modified to run at or below 180* (just me)

Their are several reasons for gasket failure. The above was just a starting point for proper instillation. The fact is that the 2.3 Ford does not have enough head bolts and it suffers from center lift. This happens when a head is not clamped down with enough fasteners. You can install better bolts and do everything correct and still loose a gasket. But unfortunately the 2.3 Ford is a cronic head gasket eater. With that said i wish you good luck sir and have a good evening
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boosted85 Offline
Senior Member
#5
well like I said it only has less than 1 thousands in between cyclinders 2 and 3 which my ford mechanic said was within spec is it?
Complete custom downpipe to tail pipe 3in exhaust, ranger cam, cran double valve springs, stock dsm bov switchin out for a good aftermarket, cone filter, fmi 2.5in piping, walbro 342hp, aeromotive fpr, fuel pressure 45 base, 17in cobra R's, steel braided oil feed line, 96lb injectors, megasquirt 1 v2.2, msd blaster 2 coil 86 t3 48, innovative lc1 wideband,
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jangus Offline
Senior Member
#6
It only costs around $45 to resurface a head. What's peace of mind worth to you?
88TC 5speed, 160,000+, ranger roller, Evergreen T3, cone filter, manual boost controller.
One parts car still waiting to be taken apart.
Waiting in the garage: SC throttle body, SC intercooler, graphic equalizer, among other things.
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boosted85 Offline
Senior Member
#7
its within spec I don't see wat the prob is
Complete custom downpipe to tail pipe 3in exhaust, ranger cam, cran double valve springs, stock dsm bov switchin out for a good aftermarket, cone filter, fmi 2.5in piping, walbro 342hp, aeromotive fpr, fuel pressure 45 base, 17in cobra R's, steel braided oil feed line, 96lb injectors, megasquirt 1 v2.2, msd blaster 2 coil 86 t3 48, innovative lc1 wideband,
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Pete D Offline
Administrator
#8
If you are comfortable, don't worry about it. Do you know why the HG blew in the first place?
Pete Dunham


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boosted85 Offline
Senior Member
#9
yes cuz it was pingin i dont know how to fix it so what can i do luckly enough all the gaskets are under a 1yr warranty so idk what to do no1 wants to look at it ive done every possible replacement of sensors fuel pressure is at 40 im thinking im gonna turn that up, timing is set at 9degrees cuz it pings at 10 boost is at 17 idk what to do there is no leaks
Complete custom downpipe to tail pipe 3in exhaust, ranger cam, cran double valve springs, stock dsm bov switchin out for a good aftermarket, cone filter, fmi 2.5in piping, walbro 342hp, aeromotive fpr, fuel pressure 45 base, 17in cobra R's, steel braided oil feed line, 96lb injectors, megasquirt 1 v2.2, msd blaster 2 coil 86 t3 48, innovative lc1 wideband,
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4cammer72 Offline
Posting Freak
#10
how olds the gas and i would def do a retorque after a heat cycle
88tc (sold) but keeping an eye out.
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