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 Post subject: Running in
PostPosted:Tue Feb 16, 2021 11:00 pm 
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This was a hard topic to search so thought I’d just ask.
With a freshly rebuilt engine lightened and balanced with 100 miles on the clock.
Would it now be worth re torquing the head and if so should this be cold or warm.
It’s been treat reasonably gently with certainly no more than 3k revs on it.

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 Post subject: Re: Running in
PostPosted:Tue Feb 16, 2021 11:07 pm 
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The head should only be torqued when it's cold. You can go up to 4k rpm when running in. I usually advise retorquing at 500-1000 miles. Was it retorqued initially the next day after reaching working temp. for the first time?

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 Post subject: Re: Running in
PostPosted:Wed Feb 17, 2021 8:08 pm 
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Thanks Mart
No it wasn’t retorqued afterwards, well not after I installed the engine into the car.
However the guy that built it may have. I’d have to ask. He did state to do it after a 100 miles🤷🏻‍♂️
Is this going to be of any detrimental effect?
Will it need a new rocker gasket too?

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 Post subject: Re: Running in
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Trevor, after the engine has reached normal running temperature, the first time after a retorque, the engine needs to cool down until it is completely cold. Then, before the engine is warmed up again, it needs to be retorqued as the bolts/studs can stretch slightly and you can get a head gasket leak. To retorque you back off the nuts/bolts one at a time about an eighth/quarter of a turn then retorque them one by one. All done in the correct sequence according to the manual. Make sure whoever retorques them torques them to at least 58 ft lbs. I usually do them at 60 ft lbs. The Haynes manual quotes 55 ft lbs but this is not tight enough and I have seen head gaskets leak at this figure.

As long as the rocker cover gasket is in a good condition you can reuse it. I usually smear grease on it before installation as this helps prevent it from sticking to the mating surfaces.

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 Post subject: Re: Running in
PostPosted:Thu Feb 18, 2021 5:57 pm 
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Thanks Mart appreciate the benefit of your experience.
I’ll get it sorted shortly and hopefully all should be well.

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