Another popular list question. And this answer, which I saved because I ask
myself this question everytime I change them, comes from a list email a few
years ago and gives credit to John Twist:
"The good gaskets are supplied with the silver,
metal side and an asbestos side. The SILVER
side is fitted DOWN so that the more flexible
ASBESTOS is fitted UP against the manifold. I
usually coat the metal band of the gasket, as
well as the corresponding section of the exhaust
pipe with nickle anti-seize so that it is easily
removed next time..."
From: firstname.lastname@example.org on behalf of email@example.com
Sent: Sat 5/14/2005 8:04 PM
Subject: Exhaust Gasket
Which end is up for the gaskets between the exhaust pipes and the exhaust
manifold? The metal side or the sooty material side?