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Hi Hugh,

I too have used the gaskets from PP. No problems however.

Try checking out the following (when doing so give special attention to the points where you see oil leaking from):

1 - Are both the valve cover and the head surfaces absolutely
free of any old gasket material or junk build up? Cleaning
these surfaces up properly so that they are base metal (if its
been negleted by previous owners/mechanics in the past) is
a pain and may take time. But it's worth it as it is essential
that these surfaces be clean for proper sealing. In addition,
once done, it will be easier to clean (or keep it clean) in the
future.

2 - Were the cover nuts torqued down starting with the center
most nuts and working your way out?

3 - The generally accepted torque spec for the nuts, I believe is
based upon a factory gasket. Perhaps the graphite-type is
a sufficiently different enough material that the torque value
may also be different? While I used the factory spec and did
not have leaks, perhaps I may have gotten lucky?

4 - Are the valve covers truly flat? If they are warped, when
mated to the head, the seal will not be sufficient.

Regards,
Carlton
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