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highplainsdrifter 12-03-2019 10:03 AM

head gasket advice
I installed the Fel Pro 17030 perma torque head gaskets on my small block chevy. I of course did not follow the instructions that say to torque the head and then wait 10 minutes and then loosen each head bolt and then re-torque theme at a time in sequence.

I am running edelbrock aluminum heads and arp head studs

The engine probably has about 15 minutes of run time on it, but has been assembled for a good 6 months or so.

As I see it, my options are

1: replace the head gaskets with new ones and follow the instructions
2: go back now and complete the install procedure by loosening and re-torueing each head stud one at a time in sequence
3: send it

What do you guys suggest?


mike tkach 12-03-2019 11:00 AM

i never retorque them and never had a problem.through the years i have installed hundreds of them with 0 issues.

F-2 Speedy 12-03-2019 11:15 AM

Same here, but I do use the ARP Ultra Torque Assembly Lube

SB 12-03-2019 11:26 AM

You can do what you think is better.

But, like you mentioned option #3, I make like Larry Enticer on felpro permatorque head gaskets.

mike tkach 12-03-2019 11:42 AM

Originally Posted by F-2 Speedy (Post 4717129)
Same here, but I do use the ARP Ultra Torque Assembly Lube

as do i.i apply it on both sides of the washer and i use leak lok on the threads that go into the block.

articfriends 12-03-2019 11:45 AM

Ive never done the torque and re-loosen, I have went over them twice at max tq though, I wouldnt give it another thought, Smitty

highplainsdrifter 12-03-2019 03:42 PM

excellent, thanks for the responses. That's a consensus where I come from.

I used the arp ultra torque assembly lube as directed as well.

I am going to send it.


F-2 Speedy 12-03-2019 04:28 PM

Torque the head bolts from the center to the outside in a 3 step sequence, I take them all to 40 then to 60 then to the finish spec around 70-75lbs depending on application

sailtexas186548 12-03-2019 06:08 PM

#2 and send it!

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