So I hauled my boat the 120+ miles just to get it wet for the first time this season, Launched and everything was awesome for about an hour, Then intake gasket went bad.
So I shut it down, paddled back to the docks, and commenced to drinking heavily. Long story short, when I brought it home today and took the intake off I found that whoever put it on used no gaskets, just rtv
So my first question to you guys is what is the best intake gaskets for the olds 455 (torker intake, cast iron G heads)?
Second, should I use a little RTV or somthing else on the face of the gaskets?
Third, should I use the valley pan again? I know that it keeps hot oil of the bottom of the intake, but im more worried about reliability of the gaskets than the little heat it will make on the intake.
I also noticed the spark plugs were a little white, so I tried to pull the jets in my edelbrock, the two on the right came right out, but the two on the left are siezed/corroded stuck, any tricks to getting them out?
Lastly, is there anything else I should be looking at while I have the valley pan and the intake off? I have already verified all the lifters are moving, drained the oil, replaced it with diesiel fuel, and checked compression on all cylinders.