This summer we in our little gang of three had a 5 head gasket summer. WTHG? “What The head gasket.” Sure head gaskets are head cases on our flat heads. But 5? All brand new. User error? Sure. But 5? So we did a little investigat’n. We here in Reedville are not alone. Like electronic parts made in China. Jina if you are political. Now weather or not this is a real issue, or some hell bent rant to support isolationism, I really do not care if they are made by the TooToo tribe in the Amazon out of shrunken heads. Just for gods sake, make them so they work.
One good silver lining of all this. We can change a head gasket in an hr or so now. And sure know when there is a problem. And sadly have several on hand, since there seems to always be a need. Now, how did this happen? Well, economics, and image. What? Image?
We used too have Head Gaskets made by Victor Head Gaskets, part number 1735 were the best, but Victor is a huge global company and needs a min order of a bazillion to make. Not worth ordering 10,000 head gaskets is it? The new ones now are being produced here in the US as well which is good and, sadly not as good. The quality is not as great as can be. WHY? Because we all ask for copper, and the only way they can be made in an cost effective way is what we have. Following me here.
Some people have produced a synthetic modern material head gaskets which are far, far better, but folks want copper, and a high quality copper head gasket cost far more than the stuff we have burned through this summer.. aprox $160 a head gasket, and no one will pay that when a currently made regular head gasket is $120 bucks. So? Now what?
Torque your head! It’s the main reason head gaskets go. And you have a cheaper head gasket, it requires torquing. Also when you are installing one of the copper head gaskets made today, they rip when installed. You are doomed from the get go. So be very very careful when installing them.
So. Now what? I can tell you this. I am going modern Fiber head gaskets next time. And sadly there will be a next time. In the mean time I will be torquing and praying. This is in no way a ding to the good folks out there supplying them. They are doing a wonderful service to all of us. Just be careful, and maybe try a newer non Copper Head Gasket? Anyone out there try them?