390/427 FE Ford head gaskets???

390/427 FE Ford head gaskets???

Joined: September 6th, 2006, 3:55 pm

September 6th, 2006, 3:55 pm #1

I need to reinstall my heads on my 285hp Interceptor (390 cid) in my Century. Anyone know a source for marine head gaskets? Rols/Fel-Pro/Detroit/Victor all said no on FEs.

713.446.1555

Thanks in advance. Craig
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Joined: September 6th, 2006, 3:55 pm

September 6th, 2006, 6:44 pm #3

Thanks, but I am having the devil of a time finding marine ones. Fel-pro uses a steel core in their FE sets. They only offer Ford marine gaskets for the small blocks (289-302 & 351w) and 385 series (ie 460).

Someone just sent me a note about Cometic custom stainless ones. Looks like that is the way. Not cheap, but...
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Roy
Roy

September 6th, 2006, 7:32 pm #4

On the so called "marine" head gaskets, many of them are for high performance offshore racing purposes, and I am not so sure the 427 had a specific need for a so called "marine head gasket". Running fresh water or antifreeze, I'm not sure the motor would know (or care).

Roy
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Joined: September 6th, 2006, 3:55 pm

September 6th, 2006, 7:44 pm #5

Yep, I am raw water cooled. Otherwise, it would be no problem. I could just run the standard stuff.
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Paul
Paul

September 6th, 2006, 8:12 pm #6

It won't be a problem unless you're in the salt, and if you're in salt, then you should be running heat exchangers. Using "raw water cooling" to me means, you're running a standard cooling system as opposed to a closed cooling system (the latter requires antifreeze and heat exchangers). Nobody should be running a standard cooling system in salt water (becuse it runs salt water through your engine block). That's fine with fresh lake or river water, by the way.

I saw this post come through and I agreed with Roy, but I didn't want to post bad info here on the forum (meaning, "my opinion") without talking to someone who would know for sure. I called George Gessford, at Gessford Machine http://www.gessford.com/ who was very gracious and took the call, and spent some time discussing the marine FE engines, and some of what he's doing.

He's just shipped 10 900-hp FE engines to New Zeland. To put it mildly, he knows what he's doing. He said "go with the FELPRO". He said unless you're doing something really crazy with your motor, you wouldn't need the specialty high power gaskets, O-rings, etc., that they use for the really big horsepower applications.

He said when he needs special gaskets, he gets them from Specialty Engine Components,
http://www.wathomas.com/sec_home.html such as copper head gaskets, but he said they still put the FELPRO on top.

Bottom line, "use the FELPRO"

Regards, Paul
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Tom Slayton
Tom Slayton

September 7th, 2006, 7:28 pm #7

I need to reinstall my heads on my 285hp Interceptor (390 cid) in my Century. Anyone know a source for marine head gaskets? Rols/Fel-Pro/Detroit/Victor all said no on FEs.

713.446.1555

Thanks in advance. Craig
Here is the listing for Kanter Auto Parts, and some of the prices look very good!

Tom

http://www.kanter.com/p30-fon.html#fo12
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Joined: September 6th, 2006, 3:55 pm

September 8th, 2006, 3:05 pm #8

I need to reinstall my heads on my 285hp Interceptor (390 cid) in my Century. Anyone know a source for marine head gaskets? Rols/Fel-Pro/Detroit/Victor all said no on FEs.

713.446.1555

Thanks in advance. Craig
I ordered Cometic stainless gaskets yesterday. I will use the Fel-Pro hi/po intake gaskets as they are not steel reinforced. The only copper gaskets I could find required the maching of O-Rings, which was not acceptable. Thanks all.
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Paul
Paul

September 8th, 2006, 3:28 pm #9

Looking through their web site shows they most certainly have products for the Ford FE series of engines.

http://www.cometic.com/est.aspx

I suspect these are normally used in high performance motors. Good luck with yours, by all means let us know how it goes! Send photos!

Regards, Paul

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Joined: September 6th, 2006, 3:55 pm

September 8th, 2006, 6:31 pm #10

I ordered Cometic stainless gaskets yesterday. I will use the Fel-Pro hi/po intake gaskets as they are not steel reinforced. The only copper gaskets I could find required the maching of O-Rings, which was not acceptable. Thanks all.
I ordered Cometic stainless head gaskets yesterday. I will use the Fel-Pro hi/po intake gaskets as they are not steel reinforced. The only copper head gaskets I could find required the maching of O-Rings in the block/head, which was not acceptable to me. One maker claimed their(the copper units) head gaskets were really only for drag racing, and not for street/boat use. Thanks all.

http://www.cometic.com/aboutus.aspx

(I couldn't figure out how to edit my previous posting. This is to "clean it up.").
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