• To ALL forum users - As of late I have been getting quite a few private messages with questions about build ups here on the forum, or tech questions about your personal project. While I appreciate the interest, sending me a private message about these topics distracts from, and undermines the purpose of having a forum here. During the day I wear many hats as a small business owner-operator and I work tirelessly to provide the absolute best service possible to you, our valued customer. When I created this forum I rounded up some of the best minds I knew so that any tech question you might have could be asked and answered by either myself or one of my highly experienced moderators, this way the next time this same question is asked the answer can be easily found and utilized by the next IH enthusiast having the same question. This allows me the freedom to run the day to day operations of the business and minimize the impact to shipments and shop activities that these distractions can cause. It is of the up most importance for me to complete the daily tasks in order to best take care of you our customer, all the while providing you a forum to get the level advice and input you have come to expect and deserve from the premier IH shop in the country.

    So with that I ask that anyone with a question about one of our build ups or a general tech question to please use the forum as it was intended. I am absolutely available by telephone to answer your questions as well but at times may direct you back to our website to better field your question or questions. Most other private messages I will be glad to answer for you.

    Thank you for your understanding.

    Jeff Ismail

header gasket quality!


Just purchased two of your header gaskets. WOW! they do work!. NO EXHAUST LEAKS at all. One caveat though: they look to be only good for one use. You cannot reuse them as they "stick" to the headers and have to be scraped off. When I tried to scrape the off (very carefully) they would break apart. Not a problem, but I was not expecting the gasket to be so good at sealing. Wish I could reuse them. Would it be something IHPARTS should state on the product page?

Thank you.


Future Owner of IH Parts America

That's the caveat of that style of header gasket. Given the material type they are made of, the gaskets have to subdue countless heat cycles eventually sticking to the block or header mounting surface (as most other gaskets on an engine).


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I made a set of copper header gaskets from 3/4" soft copper tube 25 years ago, they have been off several times and they are still working great. When reinstalled the do leak a bit, however after a few good heat cycles they seal right back up. The post about how to make them is probably still here on the board.


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No pics from 25 years ago. The process goes like this, straighten tube and cut to same length as metal gasket. Slit tube up the side with a hack saw, then flatten. Using metal gasket as a template center aligning the bottom of the gasket to the copper sheet, punch bolt holes and corners of exhaust ports. Drill hoes 3/8" and cut between hoes for ports. Put over hang up and bend it to act as a heat shield like the old metal ones and you are golden.