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Discuss the Austin Healey Sprite and the MG Midget. Two different but similar cars sometimes referred to collectively as the Spridget.

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    Intake / exhaust manifold gasket install goop?

    I am installing a new intake/exhaust manifold gasket. I've got Ultra Copper, should I put in on both sides? Gasket is fiber on both sides.

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    Re: Intake / exhaust manifold gasket install goop?

    I have never used any sort of sealant on the manifold gaskets. Multiple builds and blownb head gaskets on FP car never had any leaks with a dry gasket.
    Lots of copper spray on head gasket though.
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    Re: Intake / exhaust manifold gasket install goop?

    Copper spray for head gaskets, appropriate torque on the fasteners with dry gaskets for the intake/exhaust. Same experience as Joe. E-Prod, C-Sedan and MANY street (performance Lotus and BMC) mills.

    ...maybe a film of oil on the intake/exhaust gasket if fiber. With a re-torque after initial heat sink run of the engine. Never had a problem either way.
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