Head gasket,what else to check?

andyindy

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Well, I've joined the blown gasket club, one of the Frankfort trucks is leaking. I have the new style set and going to have the heads planed. My question is should the head studs be repaced with new ones? This engine is a continental, so its is an older one. I know some manufactures recommend this. Also, anything else to do or look at while the heads are off. This is the strongest running truck out of 4, and has a c turbo. Thanks in advance, Andy.........
 

baxter

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I just finished doing my head gaskets (continental ) as well I didnt do the studs I felt they were fine.I would say know is a great time to do a block heater with the coolant out.just my2cents.

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derby

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I would check the pistons for cracks. your machine shop can check the heads for cracks. there is a way to measure the stretch of the stud for re-use or replacement, but i don't know it. is it just a seep or a full blown rupture?
 

andyindy

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It was just seep. Pulled the heads today and taking to machine shop tomorrow. I was concerned w/ the studs losing thier elasticity. I have heard this is a problem w/ some engines, not necessarily multi's. I'll keep you posted. Andy......
 

m16ty

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Can these heads be planed? Reason I ask this is I know you can get into trouble on some diesel heads planing them because the piston comes so close to the top. I've never had the heads off of a multifuel so I don't know.
 

baxter

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Yes they can, when I took mine to the machine shop the guy said he had alot of fun trying to find the specs on these heads he told me they took off .004" I am checking my valves tomorrow and I'll see how she runs.

Vaughn
 

Floridianson

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Yes you could look and see if they have ever been taken down before. The TM call for no more than 10 to be taken off. It will be stamped some where along the base of the head where it meets the block. Check all four sids of each head for this number.
 
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