Valve Cover Gaskets - ‘74 400

Later Model C Bodies - "The Formal Years"

  1. jason99

    jason99 Well-Known Member

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    My 74 Fury has two valve cover gaskets that drip oil onto the exhaust manifolds and make a stink. Reading through other thread multiple people recommended Real Tennessee Gaskets so I’m giving them a go.

    Started on the driver’s side last night. I figure I’ll drive it for a bit with one side done before I decide to do the other.

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    Davea Lux Old Man with a Hat FCBO Gold Member

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    The red gaskets were designed to solve the problem on big block mopars with the VC gaskets burning out over the center line exhaust ports, this was a big problem on police cruisers that did extended high speed chases. Adding a coat of aircraft grade Permatex to each side of the gasket will further aid in sealing. This style gasket is the best currently available option.

    Dave
     
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    The gasket that was on there was a cork one in rough shape.
     
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    I found I had to trim the tabs on my Tenn. gaskets.

    Was this your experience as well ?
     
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    One tab required a minor adjustment.
     
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    68PK21 440.6bbl Old Man with a Hat

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    That's what I like, a man that has no confidence in his work!

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    Snotty Senior Member FCBO Gold Member

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    I agree, and do that regardless of where the gaskets come from.
     
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    Hah. My confidence is commensurate with my ability.
     
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    Drivers side was solid during the inaugural idle in the driveway and gas station run. I doubled down and did the passenger side and should have some time to take a ride tomorrow.

    This was the first time I used the Pittsburgh inch pound torque wrench I bought at Harbor Freight. At first I thought it was broken because it does not click when it hits the torque spec. Turns out it just sort of rocks near the head when you hit the number. I think I’m going to use this an excuse to buy a good one for more important things.
     
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    68PK21 440.6bbl Old Man with a Hat

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    Don't bother, get a old beam inch pound torque wrench, I had a SnapOn inch pound clicky, never really trusted it, even sent it off for re-certification with my other SnapOn clicky's via my SnapOn salesman with a note 'Attention Phil' (I knew the fellow at the SnapOn service Center, RIP Phil) all came back certified with the appearance of nothing being done.
    (no bill either).