[Healeys] Head weight

Michael Salter michaelsalter at gmail.com
Tue Oct 26 20:23:56 MDT 2021

We are struggling with head gasket problems on a newly rebuilt engine BT7
engine at present so will be following this discussion closely.
Regarding lifting the head off with the engine in the car.
With the manifolds on we managed reasonably easily with 1 person on each
side lifting the rear of the head and 1 at the front. Bit of a grunt but
possible with 3 somewhat elderly folks.


On Tue., Oct. 26, 2021, 10:15 p.m. Fred Wescoe via Healeys, <
healeys at autox.team.net> wrote:

> Listers,
> It appears that I may have to pull the head (some oil in the radiator
> fluid) on my 66 BJ8 and I may (likely) have to replace the head gasket.  I
> am going to leave the engine in the car.  I have pulled the head of my BJ7
> but that was many years ago.  I will need help physically (I'm older now)
> to pull the BJ8 head.  Does anyone know what the *actual weight* of just
> the head is?  I need to determine how many people I need to help me.  Of
> course, I will remove everything from the head before pulling it and then
> place a straight edge on the head and block to determine if I have
> additional issues to deal with.  Hopefully not but I will check.
> Do I use sealant on the new head gasket and if so what type?   One side or
> both sides?
> After the recent discussion on Moss and their prices and quality, what are
> the thoughts about sources for a good quality head gasket, without being
> gouged.  Entering the cold months, I have plenty of time to do this right.
> Is there anything I should be on the lookout for, or check before buttoning
> up things?
> I want to do this just once but I do want to do it completely and
> correctly.  So, any words of wisdom are certainly appreciated.
> Thanks as always,
> Fred
> 66BJ8
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