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Another trick...

>From: "Woolston Craig" <cwoolsto@ladc.lockheed.com>

>Checked the valves on the '71 Fastback this weekend and in the course of 
doing so noticed that it was time to replace the 
>gaskets.  When I install a new valve cover gasket, I de-grease them and 
scrape any old gasket off with a razor blade.  Then I 
>apply a light coat of Form-A-Gasket to the inside of the cover where the 
gasket goes.  Let this tack up and then set the gasket in 
>place.  Then I apply a light coat of multi-purpose grease to the surface of 
the gasket.  I find that by doing this I can go 2-3 valve 
>checks (3000 miles each) before replacing the valve cover gaskets and not 
have them develope any leaks.  Just some tricks I 
>have learned over the last couple of years.  Was wondering if anyone else 
did this or had some other helpful tricks...

I tack the gaskets to the covers in 4 corners and the middles of the two 
long sides.  Grease is fine; I use oil.  DOM"T GLUE THE GASKETS TO THE 
$#$^%$^ HEADS! I reuse gaskets until they are too hard to make a depression 
in them with my thumbnail.  Yes, as someone mentioned, the black rubberized 
ones are the good ones; they are almost twice as thick as some of the 
cheapies which are too small anyway.

       Melissa Kepner                                    Jim Adney
       jadney@vwtype3.org              jadney@vwtype3.org
                             Laura Kepner-Adney
                             Madison, Wisconsin

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