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TR2/3/3A TR3 Head Gasket


Jedi Trainee
My tr3 is in the shop again to correct a valve problem. I am going to furnish the mechanic with the head gasket...I have a NOS Payen that is probably 30 years old...would this be preferable to the modern gaskets that are furnished in gasket sets these days?


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NOS preferable?? A "modern" Payen head gasket is generally considered to be a very good gasket. I have one on my modified TR3 and it hasn't caused any problems. If it's the same construction that they are now using, it should be fine.

BTW, I bought the Payen separately, not in a set.

Geo Hahn

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Sounds good to me -- short of physical damage I don't see a reason (either design or aging) that would create a problem with the 30 years on the shelf.

Since the problem being addressed is valves, your old head gasket may be in pretty good shape (and custom-fit to your head too) -- by all means go with the NOS one but consider keeping the old one as an emergency spare.

Those who have noticed I carry a spare head gasket on long road trips think I'm crazy but maybe someday I'll look smart -- it might even benefit one of them. Of course, they may still think I'm crazy.


Jedi Trainee

Payen no longer makes the tr3 gasket since about 2 years ago...I tried about 10 suppliers and no one has any stock left, either in sets or single.


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I bought mine about three years ago from British Frame & Engine which still lists Payen AE330. I also have 87mm liners, so maybe the 83mm ones are different. Either way, if they aren't available anymore, that's a shame, because that head gasket has a good reputation.


Great Pumpkin - R.I.P
I asked Ken last year, he doesn't have any more and doesn't know where to get them.

He never was very good at keeping the web site up to date.


Jedi Trainee
That's pretty common; l found that many suppliers show the Payen on their website but if you call them, they really don't have any.
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