Date: Wed, 12 Jul 2006 17:58:43 -0400
Reply-To: ROBERT DONALDS <donalds1@VERIZON.NET>
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From: ROBERT DONALDS <donalds1@VERIZON.NET>
Subject: Re: Valve Cover Gasket Leak
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Iy has been my exsperiance that the new air cooled AMC heads have a problem
with the flange for the valve cover gasket it's to big to let the cover sit
I have been filing the head to match the cover.
the valve covers can be a pain in the butt and the inner head bolt holes can
leak and it looks like a push rod tube
----- Original Message -----
From: "David Johnson" <davidj@ELPASOTEL.NET>
Sent: Wednesday, July 12, 2006 3:26 PM
Subject: Valve Cover Gasket Leak
> The saga so far . . . .
> Bought an '80 Westy - love at first sight. About 2 weeks after I
> bought it, had major stall problem - took to an air-cooled qualified
> mechanic. Turned out to be a bad head (cracked). Expensive, but had
> some fiscal help and got her running. Loved it even more, running
> well. Then began to notice an oil leak under the car - turned out a
> seal on the one push rod tube was bad. Got it fixed by same
> mechanic. Cool, everything was still running great. Then noticed
> another oil leak, on a different push rod tube - took the car back to
> the same mechanic. They called last night and said the car was
> ready. Great. Rode in to town this morning with my wife, picked up
> the car, drove it up to where my daughter was having swim lessons.
> Got out, smelled burning oil, so checked under the car, and oil was
> almost gushing from the valve cover gasket where they had put the new
> head on. Car was towed back to mechanic at their expense, working on
> it now. Probably a lucky thing I went up to the swim lesson - I
> live 50 or so miles from the mechanic in the middle of the prairie.
> Had I driven it home, that would have turned into a need for a new
> engine, with the amount of oil I was losing (all over the heater box,
> of course). Of course, the mechanic said they drove it a few miles,
> and it leaked checked fine before they called me.
> Now that you've listened to all that - here is what I am asking for
> feedback from the group on : Why would a valve cover gasket be such a
> pain in the butt? During the initial head repair they had to replace
> it twice because the first one didn't seal correctly, and then for
> both repairs of the faulty gaskets, they have had to do a new one, so
> this will be something like valve cover gasket number 5 for this car
> in the past month. Is this normal, asks the newbie? Is there
> something I should be checking for, or have them check for, to make
> the seal better?
> Thanks again for help and input. Hoping to be driving again someday
> without an oil leak,