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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by jake//NC\\Mi, Feb 26, 2005.

  1. jake//NC\\Mi
    Joined: Apr 10, 2004
    Posts: 91

    jake//NC\\Mi
    Member
    from michigan

    I started putting my engine back together today. I have a gasket kit from fel-pro. All of the holes line up great execpt for the upper left corner where the thermostat housing goes. The hole on the gasket is much smaller than the hole in the head and the block. Is this right? Or should I make the hole bigger. It seems that it would restrict the water flow. I've attached a couple of pics. What do you think?
     

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  2. Oilcan Harry
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 906

    Oilcan Harry
    Member
    from INDY

    The gasket is designed to regulate the coolant flow. The small hole is what the factory designed. Leave it alone. If you open the hole up more water gets into the front of the head but less to the rear. of the head. You don't want that.
     
  3. jake//NC\\Mi
    Joined: Apr 10, 2004
    Posts: 91

    jake//NC\\Mi
    Member
    from michigan

    That's what I was thinking. It keeps the coolant in the radiator longer right?
    Thanks for the help!
     
  4. av8jon
    Joined: Dec 3, 2004
    Posts: 607

    av8jon
    Member

    No. it just directs more to the rear of the head quicker.
     

  5. Petejoe
    Joined: Nov 27, 2002
    Posts: 11,229

    Petejoe
    ALLIANCE MEMBER
    from Zoar, Ohio

    35 teapot heads.... Ford changed those after 35, i believe...
    They called them Teapots for a reason. There wasn't good enough flow to keep everyone happy. I'd put on a set of Skip Haneys pumps if I were you. PJ
     
  6. av8jon
    Joined: Dec 3, 2004
    Posts: 607

    av8jon
    Member

    Man, your talkin wrong decade and wrong block!!
     
  7. Petejoe
    Joined: Nov 27, 2002
    Posts: 11,229

    Petejoe
    ALLIANCE MEMBER
    from Zoar, Ohio

    Yes, sir my mistake. Duh... thats a later model head. Thats what i get for passing through these posts too fast. Sorry for the misinformation. :eek: PJ
     

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