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headgasket piece between timing covers

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I bought a used tii motor that has been stripped down to a long block. In the process the PO destroyed the head gasket piece that seals the upper and lower timing cover. Please tell me there is a way to seal this with out replacing the whole head gasket. I understand that any fix will be less than ideal, but given the circumstances I really do not have much of an option.

Thanks for the help.

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I had same situation recently and resolved it by cutting that part of the gasket off of a spare motor with a box cutter. So far, no leaks. If no spare motor, maybe fabricating the piece from gasket stock from most any parts house. A stop-gap measure (pun intended) for sure.

HTH

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Well, there are 2 ways you can go.

The ideal would be to replace the head gasket, if the engine is out of the car it should only take an hour or two. If it's in the car add a couple of hours.

If you don't have the time or $$, you can fudge something that will work. Do you still have the messed up piece of gasket ? If so, I've had success cleaning what is left and gluing it carefully back in place with Permatex Black RTV. At least you'll have the proper thickness to match the head gasket.

If you dont have the remnants, you can buy gasket material and cut a gasket from it. Just use the bottom of the upper cover as a pattern. The tough part may be getting the tickness right, you may have to glue a couple of layers together. Good luck.

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