Lost a lot of power (especially at low RPM), and found water in my oil. I pulled the head and low and behold, it looks as if the head gasket was leaking in 2 spots. The biggest leak was between the 6th cylinder and the water holes in the block behind the 6th cylinder. Another, oil only, leak was between the 2nd and 3rd cylinders.
What is the best way to install a new gasket? I've heard and read a few different methods.
1.) Use permatex to help seal the gasket
2.) Don't use permatex to help seal the gasket
3.) use a metal-impregnated paint on the gasket
Also, what is the best gasket to use (brand)?
There is a LOT of rust in the cooling system. This is not good, since the engine is only 2 years old since it's rebuild (and a new radiator was installed then). Should i pull the engine and try and flush it all out of the block somehow? I'm going to pull the radiator and have it flushed, and also replace the heater core before re-assembling everything. I've been using Anti-Freeze and water since day 1 of the initial rebuild.
Thanks in advance for the help and direction.