After removing the head from my '79 spit, I cleaned all the newly
exposed surfaces, inserted new head and water pump gaskets, and put
everything back together (losing only 1 washer in the process :-).
You can imagine my dismay when I started the car up and coolant began
spurting from the head gasket seam!
My current favorite theory is that the cylinder head wasn't bolted
down tightly enough. I used a torque wrench, which was set at 48lbs,
to tighten down the bolts in the specified order. 48lbs seemed pretty
light at the time, but I continued on, thinking that the book knew
Later today, I plan on exposing those bolts and tightening them much
further. Does this sound like a servicable plan? Any tips?
Anthony Green Cygnus Solutions