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April 24, 2017, 4:46pm Report to Moderator

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ok going to stay with my 1600 engine can you still buy the head gasket ect mine leaking oil paul
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Paul, not difficult to find anywhere eg 1600 head gasket set 30 +vat or also just gasket available from Paddock....
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April 24, 2017, 5:24pm Report to Moderator

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great do you now if the kits from paddock are good quality paul
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April 24, 2017, 5:56pm Report to Moderator

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well Paddock has a good reputation to maintain but of course you can always pay more for something that hopefully is better quality. I always think that with the weight of our cylinder heads and low level of tune you could probably get away with a piece of paper!
In fact are you sure yours is leaking cos the oil could be coming from the pushrod tubes or rocker box? Its unusual as any failure is likely to be from a combustion chamber where the pressure is much higher so have you checked each cylinder compression?
The only gasket problem Ive had on my 2L mk1 are with the inlet/exhaust manifold - the design is poor (completely different on mk2) and no one makes a decent metal type gasket that might last longer.....
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April 24, 2017, 6:05pm Report to Moderator

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definitely headgasket  you can see a slight leak where it meets the block last done over 20 years ago
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April 26, 2017, 7:23pm Report to Moderator

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Its worth getting new heavy duty nuts and hard washers and refit them one at a time followed buy re torqur  all   1600 and mk1 use the small 3/8 studs torqure is 42 -46 lbft
on all the washers deform and you loose torque and clamping  and std nuts just strip.
remove a nut and look at the washer surface it will be deformed .

Most suffer from some seapage from the rocker feed  in the lh rear corner

the 1600 uses a thin steel shim gasket , not a copper or composite

1964 1600 Vitesse 6 Cactus and Black , now  sold
now have T2000   Mk2 saloon in French Blue/grey trim  been  restored without running since 1997
now has power steering ,poly bushed and Alfa 156 seats
location  Luton
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