Anyone got the Torque Specs for Installing Aluminum heads?

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  1. Starscream88

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    This weekend im starting my AFR install,

    Now being that there aluminum im guessing back off on the torque specs a little?

    Id hate to strip a thread half way through the install,

    Im using new Head bolts (NOT ARP Just stock replacements)

    I need the Torque rating for Heads to Block,
    Lower intake to Heads (this is the one Im most concerned about) Do you still tighten as per Haynes/Chilton torrque specs? I dont want any leaks
    And Header bolt torque,

    also I use Teflon Thread sealer on the Head bolts right?

    I only feel like doing this once this weekend lol
    Im also powdercoating everything and painting my engine bay so expect pics :)
     
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    You need to do the teflon sealer on the intake bolts. I used the arp assy lube on the head bolts. You should use the graphite head gaskets,from FMS. I can't remember the TQ specs. I could look in my Ford service manual,when I get home.
     
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    Yes I have Graphite Head gaskets and Harderned PushRods

    Why would I use Teflon on the intake bolts?
    Non go through any water jackets, The Block Bolts do,
    I cant remember if its just the lower (smaller) bolts or all of them

    And the Torque specs wouldn't be the same for Iron and Aluminum heads would they?
     
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    I have found over the years with the graphite head gaskets 85 ft. lbs. for the TOP bolts and 75 ft. lbs. for the BOTTOM bolts. Going over the torque sequence in 3 increments gradually working my way up to the max torque specs.
    I am not sure why you are not running ARP head bolts instead seeing as you just paid for AFR's and such.
    Anyway, just make sure you use a thread chaser and moly bolt lube to assure consistency in the torque of each bolt.

    Remember it's not how tight you get the bolts but how even!
     
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    When I pulled my intake bolts...like 3 of them were all rotted...I replaced them.They do come in run through some water jackets. I only had 52,000 on the clock when I did my heads.
    I agree with 89sleeper.....for the 50$ or so, it's worth it for the ARP head bolts!! They are on mine.
     
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    Installation Instructions
    Small Block Ford Aluminum Heads

    ATTN: PLEASE READ THROUGH ALL INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE ATTEMPTING
    CYLINDER HEAD INSTALLATION.

    VALVE SPRINGS :
    IT IS THE CUSTOMERS RESPONSIBILITY TO CHECK AND MAKE SURE THAT SPRING PRESSURES ARE CORRECT FOR HIS CAM.
    VALVE CLEARANCE GUIDE:
    INTAKE AND EXHAUST GUIDE CLEARANCE ARE .00125, ON SOME SEVERE APPLICATIONSWITH HEAVY NITROUS, MARINE OR BLOWER USAGE LOOSER GUIDES MIGHT BE REQUIRED.
    IMPORTANT:
    APPLY ANTI-SEIZE TO ALL BOLTS AND SPARKS PLUGS TO ENSURE A LONG THREAD LIFE.
    *WARNING*
    PISTON DOME TO CYLINDER HEAD CLEARANCE MUST BE CHECKED PRIOR TO FINAL ASSEMBLY OF ENGINE.
    *WARNING*
    ROCKER STUDS ARE INSTALLED FOR SHIPPING PURPOSES ONLY! THESE STUDS MUST BE SEALED AND TORQUED TO 60 FT/LB. BEFORE RUNNING THE ENGINE.
    IMPORTANT:
    COMPRESSION RATIO AND PISTON TO VALVE CLEARANCE MUST BE CHECKED BEFORE ASSEMBLY. PART NUMBERS #1420, #1422, #1490 & #1492 WITH 2.020 VALVES USUALLY WILL NOT FIT A PISTON WITHOUT VALVE NOTCHES HAVING PROPER RELIEFS. PART #1450 & 1451 WITH 2.080 VALVES MIGHT EXPERIENCE THE SAME ISSUES.
    NOTE: 1986 5.0L MUST HAVE PISTONS NOTCHED FOR CLEARANCE.
    COOLANT:
    It is important to maintain a 50/50 mix of antifreeze in the cooling system to prevent corrosion of aluminum heads. Do not use tap water use distilled water, most supermarkets have purified or distilled water. Check labeling to verify purified though deionization.
    TORQUING:
    We suggest NOT using a torque wrench on intake and exhaust manifold bolts. Just snug up hand tight with a wrench only.
    VALVE SEATS:
    Both intake and exhaust valve seats are heat-treated and compatible with unleaded fuels.
    ACCESSORIES:
    Although AFR street cylinder heads will accept OEM components rocker arms, valve covers, intake manifold, 7/16" bolts for 165cc head and 1/2" for 185cc & 205cc & 225cc head, we highly recommend that premium quality hardware be used with your new heads.
    HEAD GASKETS:
    Use Fel-Pro #1011-1 for years 1962 - 82 for 1983 - 1995 Fel-Pro #1011-2. For high compression (12:1 and above) nitrous or forced induction, consider using Fel-Pro #1006 Locwire. NOTE: 1006 Locwire gasket will require modification of the head deck surface by a competent machine shop to Fel-Pro specifications, also put a small amount of silicone around water cross-over in head deck when using 1006 gasket.
    INTAKE GASKETS:
    Important: Do not port match you intake manifold to these below gaskets, as they do not exactly fit AFR heads. Use Fel-Pro #1250 on either the 165cc or 185cc intake runner head. For the 205cc use Fel-Pro #1262. The 225cc runner head will require the Fel-Pro 1262R. A small amount of silicone is recommended around the water ports and the intake port.
    EXHAUST GASKETS:
    Any header or manifold designed for original equipment heads will fit the AFR 165cc or 185cc street cylinder heads, use Fel-Pro #1415 exhaust gasket. For the 205cc use Fel-Pro #1487 exhaust gasket.
    VALVE COVER GASKET:
    Use Fel-Pro #1645 ΒΌ thick cork-lam with steel core.
    HEAD BOLTS or STUDS:
    High quality head studs or head bolts with hardened washers must be used to prevent galling of the aluminum head. Recommended head bolts are ARP #154-3701 for engines with 7/16" head bolt holes (289 and 302 CI). Engines with 1/2" head bolts holes (351-w and 302 CI SVO) should use ARP # 154-3603. For maximum head gasket-clamping AFR recommends head stud kits. AFR part #1420, #1422, #1450, #1451, and #1492 heads come with head bolt hole drilled to 1/2". If installing on a 289-302 block with 7/16 threads, a head bolt reducer bushing 1/2 to 7/16 must be used, AFR part #6324.
    HEAD BOLT TORQUE:
    Apply moly-oil mixture to washers, and area around head bolt to prevent galling and improper torque readings. Torque to 70 ft/lbs. for 7/16" bolts or studs (289 or 302) or 100 ft/lbs. for 1/2" bolts or studs (351W) in three or four steps following the factory tightening sequence. Then tighten the long (upper) head bolts or studs to 80 ft/lbs. (7/16") or 110 ft/lbs. (1/2"). A re-torque is recommended after initial start-up and cool down (allow 2 - 3 hours for cooling). Sealer should be applied to all head bolts or studs that enter into the blocks water-jacketing system. Permatex is a good general-purpose sealer.
    SPARK PLUGS:
    Use 14mm x 3/4" reach gasketed spark plugs, no tapered seat plugs. Street application use Autolite 3924, for 205cc & 225cc race head use Autolite 3922, or equivalent. Plug selection is of course dictated by many factors including RPM level, compression ratio, and fuel type. Forced induction or nitrous applications usually require 1 to 2 heat ranges colder. Spark plug gap should be determined by the ignition manufacturer.
    HYDRAULIC LIFTER PRE-LOAD:
    With part #'s 1400, 1402, 1420, & 1422 cylinder heads hydraulic lifter pre-load is easily adjustable due to the stud/guide plate design. Harden heat treated chrome moly pushrods are required with guideplate style heads. Rocker arm studs should be torqued to 60 ft./lbs. they are not torqued from AFR, torque pedestal rocker arms to stock recommendation. On part #'s 1472, and 1492 adjustments to lifter pre-load with non-adjustable pedestal bolt down rocker arms cam only be made with shims as sold by Ford SVO HM-6529-A302 or Crane #99170-1. AFR recommends 1/4 - 1/2 turn pre-load for hydraulic cams. Rocker arm geometry should be checked making sure that the contact point of the roller or pad on a stock rocker remains centered on the valve tip and does not roll off the edge. Visual inspection of the rockers, valve springs, retainers, and pushrods should be made to ensure that none of the components come into contact with each other. If problems with valve train exist, simple changes such as pushrod length may have to be made. If pushrod to cylinder head contact is evident loosen rocker stud and re-align guideplate as needed.
    ALTERNATOR BRACKET:
    Some years require the supplied 5/8-11-7/16-14 reducer to be installed into air pump thread in order to properly mount the alternator.
    CLEANING:
    AFR thoroughly cleaned your heads prior to shipment. Your heads were washed in water soluble chemical agitation tank and blown out with high pressure air 3 to 4 times before they were boxed. However during some machining operations chips are packed and wedged into the water jacketing and occasionally come loose in transit. Keep in mind one chip the size of a dime breaks into hundreds of tiny chips and makes the situation appear much worse than it is in reality. It is not usually if you blow high pressure air into the water jacketing to see additional foreign debris, or chips finding their way out. AFR recommends that you thoroughly blow out your heads prior to installation.
     
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    Get some ARP head bolts if you can...

    I used the ARP bolts...and torqued the heads in four stages...and follow the tightening sequence...

    Top- 30, 50, 70, 80lbs...
    Bottom - 30, 50, 70, 75lbs...

    Use the ARP thread sealer (or equivalent-teflon sealer) on the bottom bolts...and on the top bolts I used some motor oil (or some moly lube) that i had left over...apply antiseize on the washers that go underneath your ARP bolts so they don't rust to the head or gall the head...and apply antiseize to all bolts going into your heads (alternator bolts, header bolts, lower intake bolts, spark plugs, etc...)

    This is my daily driver and that is how I did it...I have since torn off the valve covers twice and checked my heads to see if they needed retorque and they don't turn at all...the torque has stayed...

    I used the ROL gasket from Ed Curtis...I believe it was graphite...
     
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    Cheers Shawn :D

    They dont reccomend you torque your intake bolts????
    Anyone does this "snug" they suggest and not has coolant leaks?

    I know our intakes are a PITA to get them to seal without leaking,

    Jamie
     
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    Yeah I just torqued the intake by hand...sometimes doing it by feel can get you in trouble (like my valve covers) :bang:

    I put the intake down pretty stoutly...if you use the FEL-1250 it has a certain "squishyness" to it that allows you not to have to overtorque it to get it to seal...
     
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