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post #1 of 12 Old 07-24-2004, 12:12 AM Thread Starter
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Where does thermostat gasket go exactly...on manifold?...on housing?...etc...

Just like the subject says...I want to make sure I put it in the right place before installing...

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it goes in the thermostat housing on the lower intake directly to the left of the distributor. There's 2 bolts holding on the housing where the upper radiator tube goes into the lower intake. Remove the two bolts and the housing, and your t-stat will be right there.


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I know where the T-stat is...I just need to know where the best place to put the gasket is...so I don't have a leak...

housing/gasket/t-stat/manifold?

housing/t-stat/gasket/manifold?

????

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Fist clean off gasket surfaces with sandpaper or 3m Scotchbrite hand pad (or scotchbrite pad on power tool if you have one).

Insert t-stat in housing.

If the gasket has a sticky side on it, peel off the backing and stick it over the t-stat, otherwise use gasket glue on it to secure it to the t-stat housing.

Apply a THIN coat of RTV to the exposed side of gasket, then bolt in place.

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Thanks...the gasket is not sticky but I'll use just a bit of RTV to keep in place to bolt it up...

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If you've already got it in place - then ignore the rest of this post. The adhesive gasket is designed to hold the t'stat up in the housing when you're bolting the housing back to the manifold. It's REAL easy for the t'stat to pulled down by gravity, and if even a tiny bit of it wedges between the manifold and t'stat housing, you'll have a leak. I use only the adhesive backed gaskets for that reason.

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To hold the thermostat in the water neck while installing, loop a rubberband through the thermostat and slide a pen throught the loops on the outside of the waterneck. Get the bottom bolt in and almost snug then pull the rubberband out.

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Novel idea - on my t'stat housing there is no bottom bolt - they are on each side....

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GOOD F'ING IDEA NEIL!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I love little things like that.....

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Ugh, I couldn't get any sticky gaskets, and I had to do it twice because the stat kept faling down during the installation.


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Weird...I always put the stat in the intake manifold and then put on the gasket. Then the water neck with some silicone on the sealing surface.
I guess it works both ways.
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If you look closely, the housing has a recessed area cast in it with a detent at the top, that allows the t'stat to be recessed in the housing, and the detent keeps it from rotating; this keeps the air bleed fitting at 12 o'clock. All of that's true for the better t'stats - the really cheap ones usually aren't shaped to fit the detent (they're just round), and they also don't have the bleed valve. If you have that kind of t'stat - that's what the adhesive backed gasket is for - put the t'sat in the recess in the housing, slap the adhesive gasket over it (holds it in place), and then simply bolt it on with no worries about it slipping, or rotating the bleed valve to some location other than the top.

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