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Old 09-06-2004, 12:45 PM   #11
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damn.. All was well till you post.

I'll do some research on the "top end kit"

What do you mean "just don't use the head gaskets? like don't use GM'* head gaskets, or don't [i]justp/i] buy head gaskets?


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GM headgaskets are fine, you just don't need the ones in that kit. Unless you want to just go ahead and do it.
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Old 09-06-2004, 03:16 PM   #13
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AHH! you've got me really confused now. For one, I can't find that kit, on gmpartsdirect, or gm-car-parts.

1) Where do I find the kit
2) What is included in the kit
3) What do you mean when you say "I don't need to use the headgaskets in that kit"

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Reading the thread, it sounded to me like you didn't need the head gaskets. If you WANT to change them, use them. Your choice.

Go to the dealer. They'll have the kit listed. It'll have everything you need to go all the way to the heads.
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Yo justin!

By don't use the head gaskets he means:
Buy the top-end gasket set from a GM parts dealer (any dealer will do).
The package will contain various gaskets for the top end of an engine (this will include the head gaskets, and the intake gaskets etc) BUT by 'dont use the head gaskets' will means you won't have to use them because he is recommending you not bother taking off the head, and replacing the gaskets, he is saying to just do it all EXCEPT head gaskets (dont even take off the heads on the car!)

BUT if you really want to put in new head gaskets, then by all means use the GM ones that come in that package, they are the best for your Bonnnnnnnnnnnnnne!

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Old 09-06-2004, 03:31 PM   #16
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ah! I get it. thanks guys!

I can get a complete overhaul set for $115. I can't find anything for "just top end"

The dealer however [so called] closest to me is about 1 hr away, in another state. And I know I won't be able to get there. So an online resource is the only method.


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Don't mess with Fel-Pro. Some members here have had problems with them. You DON'T want leaks 2 weeks later.
Who'* had problems? What were the circumstances? The rebuild set I put in the 305 in the van still looks good... Probably only 60k on it though...
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Your van ain't a 3800

I don't recall exactly who besides jr's3800, but there have been a couple, and no complaints about OEM. That'* the safe bet. Call the dealer and get the part number for the set.
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Your van ain't a 3800
Hmm... 3800 specific, Learn something everyday.
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3800 gaskets are quite unique in design and materials.
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