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Question Exhaust manifold gaskets

Do the 430cid cars use an exhaust manifold gasket on them, or maybe a metal heat shield? If so are they still available? My car has what I would call metal heat shields that fit between the head and exhaust manifold, but my heads were reworked by the original owner before I took ownership of the T-bird, so I don't know what was O.E.

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That would be the same as I have on mine.

The illustrated parts catalog calls it an "Exhaust Manifold Heat Shield/Gasket" (B9S-9448-A).
It does not show anything else in between the head and manifold other than that one item.

T-Bird Sanctuary lists them at $28.67 a pair.
Mac's lists them at $15.95 a pair.

I've never had one in my hand, but it must be a combination heat shield and gasket.

Let me know if you find out different.
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Okay. Thanks Bart. BTW, how did ur drive to the shop go Friday?
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I got her to the shop with no problem -- a real trooper.

They are a machine shop and do everything from drag engines to dyno tests. They will pull the engine with tranny and rebuild the engine from the ground up.

By the way -- he said that they always use brass freeze plugs.

I'm keeping my fingers crossed untill they call to say that it's out of the car. I'm supossed to be able to take photos during the pull and rebuild. I don't expect it to be done for a month or so.
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Good to hear, since they ALWAS use brass freeze plugs that MUST be a good sign- eh? That and the mechanics name... LOL!!!
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