This young fellow asked me to drop by and help him start an engine that he had rebuilt. It is a Dodge 3.0…not sure what year he said it was.
This is his first time rebuilding an engine and he has made a few mistakes leading me to believe he should have left someone else build the engine.
None of the internals were laid out as it was disassembled, so the connecting rod for cylinder 1 may now be on number 4s spot, and the lifter and push rod could be from #5. Hell the pistons could be facing backwards…or at least some of them.
He told me he used U-tube videos for guidance. He didn’t even have any manual to look up any info.
I got the distributor in and we got the engine to start. It ran good, but we shut it down when I noticed a huge puddle of oil under the engine. We never even had a chance to get a timing light on it. He had tightened the oil filter so tight that the gasket rolled right out. I told you he made some mistakes.
I also told him that on the next attempt to start it, I’d like the valve covers off. Only because I’m worried that not all the bearings were not lined up with the oil passages in the crankshaft.
Now he has the heads off and being worked on at a machine shop. Turns out the valve spring keepers were not the right ones and he had found some off when he pulled the valve covers. I also questioned him about his rebuilding and he did not reinstall the valves into the same location as they originally came from. Maybe that is why he is having the heads rebuilt.
We talked again and when I told him that he needed new head gaskets when he installs the heads, he insisted that the type he bought were reusable.
I have never heard of this and would never reuse those gaskets, for the fear that they may fail and I’d be pulling heads again soon. I wouldn’t want to make it a habit!!!
He also told me that the clearance between the open valves and the top of the pistons were a few thousands shy so he was told to double gasket the heads.
I have never heard of this either.
I’m not about to be involved in the internals of this motor because I do not want to be blamed for any internal problems.
So have any of you heard of reusable head gaskets or double gasketing a head.