I'm rebuilding my 360 and have a couple of questions about the installation of the heads. I'm using Fel-pro head gaskets. One side is a composite material (blue) and the other side is metal. I plan to spray the metal side with copper sealant. Am i correct in assuming that the metal sides face the block and the blue sides face the heads? Also, I am planning on re-using the head bolts. I have cleaned them really well and i know the torque sequence. However, what should i put on the bolts? Should I just dip the threads in oil before installing them? Do I need to use anti-seize? Let me know if all of this seems ok. Any help would be appreciated.
EVERY bolt, EVERY nut, EVERY screw, used on a Jeep, whether it be on the engine, glove compartment, or tailpipe, should have ANTI SEIZE. That bottle of anti seize will go a long way, and you will be happy you used it.
My felpro head gaskets went on dry because that's what my machinist told me to do. The gaskets should be labeled left, right, up, down head, block or something to that effect to let you know which way they go on. The head bolt holes on the AMC V8s are all blind, meaning that they do not go into a water jacket or anywhere else requiring sealant, but like everyone else said, they need lube on the threads and under the head of the bolt. Mine where lubed with motor oil when installed, then torqued to spec in three steps but I'm sure someone will say that is wrong.
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I plan to put copper spray on both sides of the gaskets and use the thread sealant that Matt shows on all of the bolts. I also plan to rub a little oil on the bottom of the bolt heads. I should be able to bolt the heads down tomorrow.