Car in bits again...
AO Silver Member
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Hampshire, UK
Boxer head gaskets
Hi guys! After an uneventful trip to NAD in the Green Machine, I discovered that the engine had blown most of the oil in the sump out of the left cylinder bank. There's no evidence of head gasket failure, so I think the oil is blowing out of the cylinder head-to-cam carrier gasket under pressure. However, as I now know, it is not possible in any way to replace this intermediate gasket without removing the cylinder head bolts, and thus the cylinder head, so now I need to ask some questions about cylinder head replacement.
I've got a part-used FAL head gasket set, which has the necessary parts to do the job. I assume the head gasket itself is resin-impregnated so does not require application of gasket sealant? Or does it? Also, would this gasket require the two-stage torque-down process to be followed (torque, run for ~100 miles, loosen off and progressively re-torque), or is it a "fit and forget" type of thing nowadays?
What's the advice for today's boxer engine re-builders?
PS - as you can see, I'm taking it down to the wire again, if I want to get to MITCAR this year!!!
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