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Old 06-28-2005, 10:58 AM   #61
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Most people use fel pro gaskets for two reasons, they work good and the price is good.

On the use of gasket goop aka RTV on head gaskets...I'd suggest against it. Personal choice I guess.
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Well, are the fel-pros of lesser quality than the gm ones?


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Well, are the fel-pros of lesser quality than the gm ones?


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Have used many Fel-Pro parts....

My friend get Fel-Pro'* for whatever car hes tearing into whenever he can... If the gaskets are hard to come by then he goes to the dealership... Never had a single problem with Fel-Pro in the almost 8 years I have known him...


They are at the extreme least Equal to OE or better....

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Ha have fun with her 3.8 justin. Totally different ballpark, you'll hate that car with such extreme passion when you're done you won't ever want to see it again. Of course don't listen to me, find out for yourself. Lol. Good luck with your own headaches in the mean time.
That I agree with....

I hate the bottom ends of these motors, they just don't hold up... I have heard soooo many of these knocking... It makes a GM 3.8 look like king... I'd rather mess with a 3800 any day...

I have seen many blown head gaskets on these ford 3.8'* as well... A lot of the 3.8'* were recalled by ford for a head gasket issue... A friend had to take his 95 Taurus in for that recall...

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Haha...every time I go see my mechanic buddy...if there'* a ford in the bay with a 3.8 the heads are off it.
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Haha...every time I go see my mechanic buddy...if there'* a ford in the bay with a 3.8 the heads are off it.
Yes the ford 3.8'* have serious issues with the alluminum heads.... They just don't hole up..

But our 3800'* do...


Justin, I feel that the Fel-Pros are just as good as the GM gaskets...

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Alright, Fel-Pro gaskets and head bolts it is.

It doesn't surprise me that her car sucks. I think that'* why her parents are giving it to her, and telling her to fix it. I think they would have just junked it otherwise. It'* really falling apart, and just sitting behind their garage. Rotting away [I believe it has been sitting there a good 8 months].

It'* for a friend though, and I have always taken care of my friends. So, it'* all good. And I doubt she'll do anything as far as machining goes. It'* just a beater car.


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Alright, Fel-Pro gaskets and head bolts it is.

It doesn't surprise me that her car sucks. I think that'* why her parents are giving it to her, and telling her to fix it. I think they would have just junked it otherwise. It'* really falling apart, and just sitting behind their garage. Rotting away [I believe it has been sitting there a good 8 months].

It'* for a friend though, and I have always taken care of my friends. So, it'* all good. And I doubt she'll do anything as far as machining goes. It'* just a beater car.


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A little advice for you friend here... Being that these heads are alluminum, they need to be straightened and possibly resurfaced / shaved if she wants that car to last any time at all... This is very important for any alluminum head as they warp over time...

BTW, Fel-Pros are what keep my cars going..

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JR is so very right on machining the heads. At the same time the shop should check for cracks in the aluminum. This will save you a lot of time and effort.
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I'll be sure to recommend it to her, but I don't know if that'll convince her enough to do it. Any mileage estimate on how long they'll last? It is a 94 or 95, btw.


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