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I fitted the starter motor drive trainThe new gasket set I got is not the best, the starter cover gasket just does not fit, crap pattern partsA local gasket manufacturer gave me a big scrap of gasket paper todayGrease the mating surfacepressed the cover onto the paperThen use hollow punches to cut out the holes and scissors to trim the gasketHolding it in place with blots and nuts until I mount the cover
The non matching gasket, could that be due to a long shelf life. It might have shrunk from dehydration, often seen with old paper gaskets?
I hadn't thought of that, makes sense, so much for buying 40+ year old paper gaskets in the future. The shop I got the gasket paper is all computer controlled scan and cut operation. Getting a one off gasket made is possible but the set up time means that getting at least ten made starts to make sense cost wise. I got a tour of the operation and I was amazed at the cleanliness and the size of the flat bed cutting tables they have, they were churning out thick metal/fibre gaskets for some very large flanges, probably oil field related.
I think it was Charlie that came up with a tip on misting the gaskets with a water spray for getting them back to the right size. Seemed to work well.
Yes. I just use a spray bottle and mist any shrunken gaskets prior to installation.
Thanks for this, I will have to give it a try, I have other old paper gaskets that no longer fit the engine side covers.
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