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Rodney

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Radiator Gasket
« on: March 16, 2009, 03:38:45 AM »
Hi everyone

I need to replace the gasket between the head and the outlet flange on my 29U.
What type of gasket material do I use and any further tips with the procedure?
Hope all your cars will be ready for spring!

Drive Safe.

Many thanks

Rodney, Sydney Australia


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Re: Radiator Gasket
« Reply #1 on: March 17, 2009, 07:18:53 PM »
Rodney,

The gasket is a typical paper gasket.  Here in the US any auto parts store sells gasket material.  Check with your local auto parts store and they should have the proper material. Tell them it is used between the head and the hose tube.   Iím old fashion ( you can guess that from the carís I drive ) so I donít generally use silicon.  Just regular gasket material and some gasket glue.

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Re: Radiator Gasket
« Reply #2 on: March 18, 2009, 12:54:31 AM »
Thanks Chet

What do you think about cork/rubber gasket material?

Rodney, Sydney Australia

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Re: Radiator Gasket
« Reply #3 on: March 18, 2009, 08:47:23 AM »
Rodney,

I wouldnít use cork.  This flange needs to be tightened down pretty good and cork will flatten and deform.  I donít know about the rubber but I would suspect a similar reaction but certainly not to the same degree as cork.  Also rubber may not like the temperature of the head, I donít really know what the advantages and disadvantages are.   The standard paper gasket materiel should work fine with some gasket sealer.  Probably almost anything will work, the water system isnít pressurized.    My car just had silicon, which I replaced with a proper gasket after I fix a stripped screw hole.  The flange was only tightened properly on one side.  I guess thatís why the previous owner choose silicon.

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Re: Radiator Gasket
« Reply #4 on: March 22, 2009, 02:49:55 AM »
Hi Chet

Thanks for you 2 cents! I assembled the flange on the weekend and I will wait for the gasket sealant to set. I will post something when I take it for a test drive tomorrow.
I donít have any mechanical back ground so your 2 cents is very much appreciated.

Many thanks.

Rodney, Sydney Australia

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Re: Radiator Gasket
« Reply #5 on: March 22, 2009, 05:32:35 AM »
Hey Rodney

The advise you have already been given regarding paper gasket is good advise. I always use "hylomar" sealant on both sides of the paper gasket...hylomar is available through your local spares company and I believe was used by rolls royce on their engines.

The gasket material I use is "permanite" or "sealrite" and is available in various thicknesses. Prob available from your same supplier.

If you have trouble loating it another source could be your local engine reconditioner.

Good luck......Chris

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Re: Radiator Gasket
« Reply #6 on: March 23, 2009, 06:18:39 PM »
Hi Rodney,

How did your car run?  Were you able to take the test drive?

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Re: Radiator Gasket
« Reply #7 on: March 24, 2009, 04:31:04 PM »
Hi Chet

I took the 29U out for a short run and it held water no problem.
Thanks for you advice it was good to get it back on the road.

P.S I want to replace the spark plug leads, will modern ones be suitable if so what kind?

I think your 2 cents is worth more.

Thanks Chet & Chris

Rodney, Sydney Australia.
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Re: Radiator Gasket
« Reply #8 on: March 25, 2009, 11:12:39 AM »

P.S I want to replace the spark plug leads, will modern ones be suitable if so what kind?


Rodney,

I am a firm believer in the expression, ďIf it ainít broke, donít fix it.Ē

If your car is running well, not missing, and the wires are not cracked or have white spots from arching then you may want to let it go.  If not, going to a modern auto parts supplier might present a problem in that they usually sell sets that are precut for the car you have and I doubt if your 29 is in their computer.   Also modern high energy ignition systems use resistive wires which may present a problem with your low energy coil.

If you find a local supplier of farm equipment or antique car parts they may have roll wire that they could cut to your desired lengths.   The coil to distributor wire is pretty long.

Or you could by a set from a supplier like Andy Bernbaum.  See link below.  Be cautioned that customer service isnít one of their strong suites but they ship fast and prices are OK.

http://www.oldmoparts.com/k.htm

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Re: Radiator Gasket
« Reply #9 on: March 25, 2009, 04:11:40 PM »
Hi Chet

I am slowly becoming a believer in ďIf it ainít broke, donít fix it.Ē

I am preparing the Plymouth for a 1900 mile trip in July this year and Iím just trying to think of things that might go wrong!

You might say that Iím just feeling a bit nervous about the trip as I have never done a rally as long as this one.

The good thing is that I will be with a group of friends whom has as much knowledge as youíre self so I should be fine. I just need to relax and enjoy the once in 80 year experience.

Many thanks

Rodney Sydney, Australia.

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Re: Radiator Gasket
« Reply #10 on: March 25, 2009, 04:33:21 PM »

Wow,

Rodney that is some kind of adventure.., for sure.  That is like driving to Florida and back for me.  I have concerns driving large distances only because of the speeds that modern roads demand on our cars.  If I could keep to a 30 Ė 35 mph regiment I would be fine with a long trip. 

Please keep us posted on your progress.  A picture per day would be great if you could swing it and we will be here to offer any advice and cheer you on form the peanut gallery. 

GREAT ADVENTUREÖ  :o :o :o

They say that there is only on day in life that is of any importance.

Yesterday is past and gone.  Tomorrow hasnít come yet, so there is only Today.    EnjoyÖ.

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