Stuart McGuigan
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Re: Fieldmaster

Postby Stuart McGuigan » Sun Aug 26, 2018 8:33 am

Only 8 short studs with an alloy head? Sounds like a recipe for gasket leaks.

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Re: Fieldmaster

Postby paul.jameson » Sun Aug 26, 2018 9:49 pm

Speaking from experience, 8 studs and an alloy head on the KH / KHA is not a recipe for gasket leaks. On the later engines, there is a 9th stud between the cylinders but on the alloy cylinders at least, this stud gets stripped in the cylinder by over enthusiastic tightening. I believe its main function is to assist in removing the cylinder from the crankcases by means of the long bolts.

I am on about 13,000 miles on the current head gasket which has seen the head removed and replaced 2 or 3 times.
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36 4G, 37 VH, 53 ex ISDT KHA (project), 54 KH(A), Healey 1000/4 (project)
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