Lanchester Copper Sandwich Exhaust Gaskets

Posted September 26, 2010 by gasketstogo
Categories: Automobiles

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Lanchester automobiles were an early English  marque that at one time were renowned for their quality. According to the Wikipedia listing on these cars:

Lanchester Motor Company was a car manufacturer based at Armourer Mills, Montgomery Street Birmingham, England. It operated from 1895–1955. The company having merged with Daimler and thence becoming part of Jaguar, the rights to the Lanchester marque now lie with Tata Motors of India, which purchased Jaguar from the Ford Motor Company in March 2008.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lanchester_Motor_Company

Here is a Lanchester advertisement  from back in the day:

One of our regular customers sent us a drawing (shown below) and asked for a quotation for making some exhaust gaskets for a Lanchester,  model unknown.

Working from the drawing, we created copper sandwich exhaust gaskets using metal-mesh composite  non-asbestos inner material from Interface Solutions (USA), as shown below. The gasket is sitting on top of an actual size print-out of the drawing supplied by the customer. If you need copper sandwich gaskets like this or any other kind of gasket please contact us today via our web site (URL below image).

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Saab 3 Cylinder Two Stroke Motor Mount Rubber

Posted September 26, 2010 by gasketstogo
Categories: Automobiles, Molded Rubber Parts

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In the  previous post to this one  I described some springs we made for a customer who supplies parts and repairs for the old Saab 3 cylinder two stroke automobiles. This same customer also ordered 50 each (left and right) custom molded rubber blocks for use in rebuilding the motor mounts used on those models. We worked from the old motor mounts that he sent us. Pictured below are one of the motor mounts and the new rubber blocks we created from NBR (BunaN) rubber to a density suitable for use in motor mounts. In this case the complex shape of the metal portion of the mounts prevented us from supplying the complete assemblies in the quantities requested, but we can manufacture complete motor mount assemblies. Everything depends on the nature of the mount and the amount ordered. If you need something like this please do not hesitate to ask!

Complete motor mount assemblies as supplied by customer

Rubber blocks for rebuilding motor mounts (Left and Right blocks)

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Saab 3 Cylinder Two Stroke Front Pulley Dampener Spring

Posted September 26, 2010 by gasketstogo
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We received an email with the image of a spring  attached (see below), and the following details:

ID 1 5/16″
OD 1 31/32″
h 1 1/16″
wire thickness 5/16″

Quantity: 10

These springs fits on the front pulley or harmonic balancer of old 3 cylinder two stroke Saabs (pictured below), and according to our customer are often left out when rebuilt. The customer did not want the springs plated as he planned on painting them.

The customer ordered 10 springs, which we supplied as shown in the image below.

The customer was delighted with the springs and sent a picture of one of the springs painted in the red engine color found on those models, and another one showing a spring installed on the engine.

If you need a spring of almost any kind we can help you. Often we can quote against a drawing or image with dimensions, but some times we may need to see an actual spring. It all depends on type and complexity. To learn more, please visit our Web site below and click the spring image, or write us at any time.

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Offenhauser 110

Posted August 8, 2010 by gasketstogo
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Offenhauser was an American racing engine manufacturer that was in business 50 years, from 1933 to 1983. The inspiration for the race winning ‘Offy’ engines was a 1913 Peugeot Grand Prix car. The engine came to feature twin overhead cams, four cylinders, and four valves per cylinder, and went on to power Indianapolis 500 winners an incredible 27 times.  Smaller versions, such as the 110, were used to power midget racers. You can learn more about it on the Offenhauser Wikipedia entry and elsewhere on the web, it is a fascinating story.

This customer, pictured with one of these engines below, ordered enough gaskets to make 40 engine sets. There was no head gasket because these cars had no head gasket! That’s is why they could run with very high compression ratios without fear of head gasket failure.

We were supplied with tracings along with dimensions called out, and the type of material desired. For most of the gaskets we used a non-asbestos composite from Inteface Solutions called NI-2085, and all the gaskets were die cut. It was gratifying to hear the customer’s comment on receiving the gaskets:

“Gaskets arrived Mon. and were all beautiful. Thanks for an expert job.”

If you need gaskets for an Offenhauser 110 let me know and I will direct you to the customer.

Lance and friend Ed share coffee with what looks like a beautifully restored Offy 110

Finished gaskets, wrapped and ready to ship

One of the excellent template sheets furnished by the customer

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Moto Guzzi Falcone Copper Crush Rings

Posted July 29, 2010 by gasketstogo
Categories: Motorcycles

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The Moto Guzzi Falcone was an unusual Italian single cylinder motorcycle that had a long life span and several different iterations.

A customer contacted Gaskets-to-Go about making some somewhat unusual copper crush washers. Unusual because the spec called for a thin copper ring to be inserted inside the gasket material sandwich, so in effect there are three copper layers and two filler layers. The arrow in the close-up image below shows one of the inner copper layers. If you are in need of these gaskets for a Falcone let me know and I will put you in touch with the customer.

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1943 BMW R-75

Posted April 25, 2010 by gasketstogo
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I imagine that this customer came to me because BMW understandably no longer carries spare parts for this model. He sent me ID and OD figures for a copper crush washer to be used on the exhaust and after seeing the quotation placed an order for four of them. I will insert an image of one of these magnificent machines, copied by the Russians and the Chinese, and I believe still manufactured in China.

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A.E.C. 4 85 H.P. Diesel Head Gasket 1934-42

Posted April 25, 2010 by gasketstogo
Categories: Buses, Trucks

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A.E.C.  (Associated Equipment Company) was a renowned U.K. manufacturer of buses and lorries (trucks) that is no longer with us, having thrown in the towel in 1979. This engine was used in a variety of different models during the 1930s and 40s, such as the one below.

For purposes of obtaining a quotation this customer sent some images of the old gasket with L x W and thickness dimensions. Because the old gasket was so mangled he also sent a page from an old Payen (UK) gasket catalog.

A peculiar feature of this gasket were restricter plates that were riveted into a dimond shaped cuotout and featured a bushed hole. I will paste a close up image of one of those below:

The customer was happy with the quotation, so we went ahead and produced two of these for him. Because the old gasket was in such poor condition he also sent a paper tracing of the block so that we could locate bolts holes, etc. accurately.

After receiving the gaskets the customer sent this message, which I was quite happy to receive!

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MLS Gasket for USDM 1994 Honda Accord LX

Posted March 4, 2010 by gasketstogo
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The larger multi-layer steel (MLS) head gasket manufacturers stock MLS gaskets for many cars, trucks, and motorcycles, but if you own a less popular model or need a custom MLS gasket you might be out of luck. One of the most well known MLS gasket manufacturers requires a minimum tooling charge of $3000 to start plus the cost of gaskets, which usually mean a minimum order of at least 100 gaskets. If you are in that situation, Gaskets-to-Go is the place to go as we can manufacture this kind of gasket with no tooling or set-up charges and in quantities as low as one gasket. They are not cheap, but if you require a state-of-the-art gaskets that are generally bullet-proof if installed correctly, an MLS is the way to go.

In this case the customer is working on a modified Honda Accord LX engine and needed a different bore and thickness than the OEM MLS gasket. Still experimenting he ordered this gasket in 1.9mm, and will be testing it. He sent us his old gasket to use as a template. The customer is not sure if his calculations are correct, so he will be testing this one and then ordering another once he determines what he needs.

Gasket image submitted by customer for quotation

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Exhaust Gaskets with Steel Fire Ring

Posted March 4, 2010 by gasketstogo
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Not too long ago we received a request for quotation containing a scan of an exhaust gasket. The customer said he was tired of burning out the stock exhaust gaskets and wanted something better. If you take a close look at the gasket you will see that it has burned right through on the left side. You can also see that the gasket has no fire or flame ring to protect the material from directed longitudinal contact with the hot exhaust gases. Given that the OEM gasket was of an obviously inferior design I suggested  using an Armstrong material from Interface Solutions with a steel fire ring since a multi-layer steel (MLS) exhaust gasket would be more expensive and most likely more than was required in this application. The Armstrong material is a dimpled metal sandwich containing an inner layer of mineral fiber that can withstand high temps. Armstrong is the former name of Interface Solutions.   Since the customer provided a 1:1 scan we were able to work from that to create new 1.8mm thick gaskets as pictured below.

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Natural Rubber (NR) Gaskets

Posted March 4, 2010 by gasketstogo
Categories: Die-cut rubber, Electrical/Electronics

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This customer needed a rubber gasket to seal an electronic box of some sort. Since the box was not exposed to chemicals, solvents, or sunlight he determined that natural rubber would be fine in this application. We were able to provide a quotation using a simple but sufficient drawing created by the customer. After receiving an order for 100 of each type we were able to use the drawing to create dies for die-cutting the gaskets. Images of the drawing and the finished product can be seen below. About a week after receiving these the customer wrote back to say, “The gaskets arrived today and they were perfect and I mean perfect. In a world where very few things are done properly these days they were certainly worth the wait…So thanks again for a job well done.”

The drawing furnished by the customer

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