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Posted: Tue Sep 30, 2008 3:28 pm 
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Hey Guys,

Need to change over the head gasket and just wanted to check a few things.
First of all i have all the needed tools (including special tools) and manuals.

Parts list:

ACL EF-EL Gasket Kit ( GR522GTR )
Head Bolts

Is that all im going to need parts wise? Cause i hear that i should be buying an original ford AU head gasket cause its MLS, yet i also hear that the ACL gaskets are MLS and therefore i dont need the AU one.... is this true???

**I also know im going to need oil, coolant, loctite etc**

Is there anything else i might need to buy or info you guys would like to recommend?

Thanks in advance for the help guys,

Saiken

**UPDATED THANKS TO PHONG**

VRS Head gasket kit – auto stores (buy the one for you model car).
AU Head gasket – genuine from Ford preferably (an option but highly recommended).
New head bolts
New guides
New Spark Plugs
Gasket Maker – auto stores, Permatex blue and Permatex red should be fine.
Loctite – Some thread locker glue, I used the blue one.
Motor oil
Oil Filter
Radiator Coolant
Distilled Water - to run the system in on
Cable Ties
Degreaser

 

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Posted: Tue Sep 30, 2008 7:42 pm 
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i'd get the timing guide also i always seem to break them... if you do you'll also need the timing gaskets everytime i do a head gasket i change the front main seal ect i dont see apoint in going that far to do half a job imo
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 Post subject: Re: Head Gasket Change Over (parts list)
Posted: Tue Sep 30, 2008 8:45 pm 
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Saiken wrote:
Hey Guys,


Is there anything else i might need to buy or info you guys would like to recommend?


Beer and some silicone sealer for the head gasket where the timing cover meets the block.

 

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Posted: Tue Sep 30, 2008 8:57 pm 
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exhaust and intake manifold gaskets.
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Posted: Tue Sep 30, 2008 10:23 pm 
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This should help you

http://www.fordmods.com/forums/head-gas ... 22726.html

I'd get a genuine AU head gasket and also new head bolts. Get the ACL EL Head gasket kit as well...it will come with everything else you need.

If you are up to the task, you could also do the timing chain stuff.

You will need a good socket set and maybe invest in a hex socket for the head bolts (I don't remember exact size).

Read the guide, everything should be in there.

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Posted: Tue Sep 30, 2008 10:36 pm 
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To make things easier for you...I thought I'd copy and paste this from the Tech Doco I am currently compiling...but haven't had the time to finish lol

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The first thing you should get if you plan on doing more modifications on your own is a Workshop Manual, such as those by Haynes or Gregory’s. I bought myself a Gregory’s copy for my EL…obviously if you have an EA or an ED, get the matching manual with it. This manual will be your bible during the head gasket change as well as this guide if you printed it out. The Gregory’s manual is very helpful but some parts may not be described in depth or some parts missing, in that case you can refer to this guide.

The parts and items required are as followed:

VRS Head gasket kit – auto stores (buy the one for you model car).
AU Head gasket – genuine from Ford preferably (an option but highly recommended).
New head bolts – from Ford or other auto stores (highly recommended).
Gasket Maker – auto stores, Permatex blue and Permatex red should be fine.
Loctite – Some thread locker glue, I used the blue one.
Motor oil
Oil Filter
Radiator Coolant
Cable Ties
Degreaser
WD40 or Inox

The VRS head gasket kit is mainly required for all the other parts other then the head gasket itself, such as the exhaust, intake and thermostat housing gaskets. There are heaps more parts but I can’t be bothered naming them all.

It is highly recommended that an AU metal head gasket is used instead of the gasket supplied with the VRS kit due to the strength and reliability of the metal AU head gaskets over a composite gasket. You can get a genuine one from Ford for about $50 or so.

It is required to get new head bolts. This is due to the bolts being TTY, Torque To Yield, and stretch after they have been used once. So please do not use the old head bolts once removed. You can keep them for other purposes but not on the engine.

Gasket maker and thread locker is also required during the change. I bought Permatex blue and red for different areas. But for this exercise you will most likely only need the red one, since it withstands higher temperatures I believe. Thread locker is needed for certain bolts and also comes in handy if you do other modifications to the vehicle.

You will need new oil, oil filter, radiator coolant and also some cable ties. Reason for oil, filter and coolant is really self explanatory. Cables ties will be needed to hold the timing chain onto the camshaft sprocket so that it doesn’t skip a tooth, you will see later if you don’t know what I was yapping about.

WD40 and degreaser will come in handy. Not so much WD40 but degreaser. There is never enough degreaser when it comes to this kind of job.

In addition the stuff listed, you’ll need spare rags or old clothing so you can wipe most of the parts clean. You might also need lint free cloth/rags for blocking oil return holes, I used a clean plastic bag to cover the holes and it seemed to have done the job very well.

If you are also changing your standard camshaft for a regrind performance camshaft, you will also need to get extra shims for the rockers. These shims can be obtained at Ford for approximately $50 give or take a couple of bucks for a set of 12. Though make sure you know what size shim is required according to the manufacturer of the camshaft as well as the model engine. These shims sit in each of the rocker arms and are put in place to make up for the amount of metal shaved off the standard camshaft.


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Posted: Wed Oct 01, 2008 2:13 pm 
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ummmm..... Do ACL not make a VRS Head Gasket kit?

Cause the only one listed on their site (GR522GTR) according to Repco is $305..... which really does my head in considering the VRS kits on ebay are around $100... which makes me think this ACL kit has alot more stuff in it.

 

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Posted: Wed Oct 01, 2008 7:11 pm 
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any help?

 

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yes they do i used one
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Posted: Wed Oct 01, 2008 8:16 pm 
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Thanks, ill have to try and find one =P dont want to spend $305 if i dont need to

 

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Posted: Thu Oct 02, 2008 9:38 am 
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=\ hmmmmmm, How come my ford dealer wants to charge me $80 for an AU Head Gasket, yet everyone tells me it should be $50-60 ='(.

Can anyone help me out?

 

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Posted: Thu Oct 02, 2008 10:43 am 
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Saiken wrote:
=\ hmmmmmm, How come my ford dealer wants to charge me $80 for an AU Head Gasket, yet everyone tells me it should be $50-60 ='(.

Can anyone help me out?


Some dealerships charge extra for some reason. If you get it straight from Spare Parts in Campbellfield, you might be able to get them cheaper...but don't quote me on that. I got mine through a mate who happens to work at Ford, so got it even cheaper.

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Posted: Thu Oct 02, 2008 10:52 am 
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havent read the thread so hopefully im not repeating.
recently i had trouble getting an au head gesket. Ford werent sure when they would be making them so i went for a gasket from jim mock. Which is basically the same. Good price too. Also got
-new bolts
-inlet exh. gaskets (use ford inlet or good thick after makret one not thin parery one) also use ford tin one or similar and not foily ones!
-net thermostat housing to head gasket.
-new guides
-new front head to timing cover seal
-cable tie
-tube of ultra black
-permatex (optional)
-coolant (BUT PUT IN AFTER 1000KMS OF DRIVING WITH WATER ONLY!!!)
-rocker cover gasket

optional- plugs, thermostat, rad flush.

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Posted: Thu Oct 02, 2008 11:21 am 
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the AU head gasket has sueprseed teh e series gasket

ie if u go to ford and as for a el gasket u get an AU gasket

same as in the gasket kits

 

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Posted: Thu Oct 02, 2008 8:42 pm 
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The price on all ford parts have gone up a fair bit. Ford had a price rise on everything. The AU head gasket is listed at $80 retail. And ford still have the ef head gaskets. They have not been superseded by ford. The part numbers are ER6051A (AU) and EF6051A (ED/EF). Ford no longer have head gaskets kits for EA/EB. It's all separate parts now.
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