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Old 08-02-2000, 05:49 PM
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I am in the process of doing valves and timing chain on a 78 450. I would like to clean up the oil pan surfaces and lay the new gasket on top of the old one. Can I get away with it? The old gasket is undisturbed at this point and I don't think I can get it all off without pulling the pan...which means pulling the engine. It drops low enough to get the new gasket in.

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Old 08-02-2000, 05:59 PM
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I am of the opinion that you would probably be better off just putting some sealant on the old gasket and not putting a new one on top of it. It is my opinion that you will surely have a leak if you put one gasket on top of another one. Wait and get a second opinion on this one too.
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Old 08-02-2000, 11:27 PM
Wm. Lewallen
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If oil is leaking from around the oil pan, remove it and replace the gasket with a new one.Scrape all the old gasket off before installing the new one. The old gasket will be hard to remove, but don't despair. That's
why I say if it isn't leaking, leave it alone.I don't know what kind of glue the Germans use on that gasket, but it sure does stick.When installing the new gaket,apply a sealant to both surfaces.If you do this, You will not have any oil leaks.Bill Lewallen

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