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Old 10-30-2002, 20:43   #1 (permalink)
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EA Head Gaskets & Bolts

Hi Guys,

I picked up a good second hand EA head which I'm putting on
my fairmont on the weekend. It's been machined and the water ports are nice and clean. It hadn't been on the old car long before the car got banged up.

Am I safe going to my local repco joint in perth to pick up a gasket set and bolts. Would I need to tell 'em I want head bolts for a late model falcon or are they all the same now?


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Old 10-30-2002, 23:28   #2 (permalink)
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The following thread may be of assistance:

http://discussions.fordforums.com/sh...ighlight=bolts

I understand that the AU bolts are the best.
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Old 10-31-2002, 00:54   #4 (permalink)
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I'd be surprised if they have the bolts(well the right bolts) so go down to ford and pay the $80 for a set of AU falcon headbolts.

Repco is the best place to go for headgaskets as they sell quality ACL gaskets, whereas most other places sell the cheap and nasty Gas Miser and Ezyfit and when it comes to headgaskets I don't like skimping quality.

But they will probably try to charge you $70+ for one so when you go in there tell them you can get it cheaper else where for like $50 and they will drop the price down $10-$20 for it from standard(hehe, repco are good like that)

Oh and make sure before you put the new gasket in that the block surfaces and head surfaces are thoroughly prepared, by sanding the block back with fine sandpaper until it's back to shiny metal surface, and clean the head surface with some petrol. Good luck dood.
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Thanks Donuts

I'll need all the luck I can get. Yeah, my repco in balcatta allways
blows marlows next door to it out of the water with prices.

I hope the bottom end will hold out once i get the beastie on.

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Old 10-31-2002, 06:10   #6 (permalink)
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I find Veales cheaper than Repco and they also sell the ACL stuff.
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Old 10-31-2002, 23:57   #7 (permalink)
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You're right Aussieblue - thanks for the tip

Picked up an ACL head set for 78 bucks.
(Head, inlet, exhaust and rocker cover gaskets)

Now....about these AU bolts into an EA.

Do I torque them up according to max ellery
(40nm then a further 90deg - all in correct sequence)?

Do these au bolts require retorquing after around 800 kms?

If so, can someone shed some light on the re-torquing process.

thanks everyone

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Old 11-01-2002, 09:17   #8 (permalink)
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Yep you need to do them in the sequence as in the Max Ellery Book, or you can use the sequence that you would have got with the ACL head set.

Oh and make sure you do them all up 40nm in order, and then after you have tightened all the bolts to 40nm, tighten them in order again another 90 degree's.

Don't do what I did and try tightening the bolts 40nm and then another 90 degree's one bolt at a time.. it don't work very well, hehe.
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Wow those AU bolt heads have a bigger diameter than the oldies. So much so that I was worried that they were too big for the rocker arm assembly wouldn't fit.

It does though...only just...With a bee's dick for clearance.

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Old 11-04-2002, 00:02   #10 (permalink)
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I just have a question. I have just taken my head off to fit a reconditioned EF head and i was surprised by the way the water passages are and how the gasket is. Down one side the gasket has no holes for the water passages, the other side has a small hole drilled in the gasket and the last two are open. at the front of the motor the gasket has holes for the water passage but theres none on the head! What happens there is the head gets eaten into. When I took the head off the ef motor, only 2 of the 5 holes down the side were actually flowing. Seems a strange setup to me.
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