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Probably next weekend I will finally be installing my used performer manifold. I tried to use the supplied side rail gaskets twice when I first put the motor together and it has always leaked. So now I know to use a bead of good silicone sealant with no gasket, just use gaskets for the manifold to the head etc. The question is, How long should I let it sit before I can fire it back UP??? I will be using permatex blue. Letting it sit overnight would be a pain since someone has been using the car( This is always happening, no wonder the body is still shabby)
I am certian this has been a pain for many of you out there.

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Not sure of how long to let it set, I knew once...but the mind is slipping. Fel-Pro makes a "Permaseal" gasket that is black with orange silicon sealant in the gasket itself. If you used the "Permatorque" (blue) gaskets, then that could be why you had a leak. The blue gaskets are too hard for the aluminum intake. I used the Permaseal on my 307 with an Edelbrock Performer with no complaints. Only thing that I added was a little permatex on the valley corners.
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I would think the directions on the side of the tube would tell you how long to let it set up. ..................Joe
 

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Frank,
Being the careful type that I am, I always tell my customers to wait overnight. By the way, try the Permatex Ultra Black, I think you will like it better than the Blue. It is kind or hard to describe, but the consistancy is just better. It is very similar to GM's GMS sealer.


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I was going to use a older but unopened tube of the Permatex blue, upon further thought and the replys, thank god I didn't use it yet. I will look for the Permatex Black this week. I will probably do the swap saturday and fire it up Sunday AM.
I will never try to use the supplied side rail gaskets again. They would slide out while torquing the manifold, arrgh. The Felpro units that fred described sound promising, but I'll pass.

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I've put silicone gasket sealer to the test just after the job was done. No leaks. Best bet though is to let it sit overnight with air exposed to both sides of the sealeant; shouldn't have any problems with that amount of set time. Good Luck.
 
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