Mark Simpson

Hammer Made Gaskets for Rebuilding Car Parts

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While assisting a master engine builder one day, Mark Simpson discovered he didn’t have the correct gasket for a part of the engine. The builder said no problem, and handed Mark a piece of gasket material and a hammer. Puzzled, Mark asked. “What the heck am I going to do with this?” After a little instruction, moments later they had a gasket. Mark now shares this great tip with fellow members.

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7 Responses to “Hammer Made Gaskets for Rebuilding Car Parts”

  1. billy

    that split finger nail looks like a bugger!

  2. William

    I always do the bolt holes first. I insert the bolts to hold the gasket material in place. If possible, I put the part in a vise to hold it firmly while tapping. I also use a much smaller ball pean hammer. It fits the inside curve easier.

  3. Virgil2U

    This is nothing new, Mechanics in the army have been doing this for over 100 years now. I had done it myself when I was fifteen years old when I needed to make a thermostat housing gasket for my mom's 1968 Buick Skylark when I had replaced the thermostat and I used an old manila folder from school for it.

  4. Dale Hartzfeld

    Funny how things change. When I was a young guy the headers I installed on my new "68 SS 396 constantly leaked. We made a gasket that permanently sealed the leaks, but we used .asbestos. It was great stuff back then.

  5. Ricky

    my father showed me this in the 1960's

  6. Jim CareySr

    te hammer gasket Guy did it WRONG!--the Water out let should be the First thing You DO!--as by Doing the out side--the Gasket often turns a bit--thus--poor Gasket--

  7. Walt Peterson

    Once you hammer out the bolt holes, drop some bolts into the holes to hold the gasket in place,

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