Gasket tip...(especially for carbs)

Fri Jan 23, 2009 8:18 pm

Buying a whole carb kit just to get a bowl gasket is not a happy thing. I've been rebuilding Deere simplex and duplex carbs for about 10 yrs now, and fortunately, all of their gaskets are readily available individually. HOWEVER, I'm a bit of a cheapskate so I hate to replace a gasket that is less than a yr old or so, just because I had a bit of crud get in the carb and I had to take the bowl off, and many carbs are hard to find "just the bowl gasket" for.
I don't remember where I got this trick, but I can't take original credit for it. (When redoing someones carb though, I must admit I don't always give credit where credit is due, and allow myself to look like a "carb guru" to some of my buddies :wink: )
The trick is really not much of a trick. Simply coat your bowl gasket on both sides with CHAPSTICK. Yup, plain ol', everyday, run of the mill chapstick. Parafin wax, candle wax or sealing wax will also work, but chapstick is handy, soft, easy to use, and found in about every womans purse in America. (well, while it is probably "IN there", becoming "FOUND" may be a bit more challenging. Before my female readers get incensed, I am only referring to MY wife's suitcase, er, purse.)
It seems the wax in the chapstick is relatively petroleum resistant, and allows disassembly without the gasket adhering to the casting. I have had carbs that I took apart 5 years after rebuilding them, for a good cleaning, and all of the gaskets were still pliable and came right apart without tearing.
Its been my luck on untreated gaskets, that when they do adhere, they do so in a matter where one part is to the bowl, and the other part is to the top, resulting in a torn gasket despite my most gentle approach. I've used this on literally dozens of carbs over the years, and as long as you just make a thin film, not a gooey glob on the gasket, you have no problems. FYI.

Re: Gasket tip...(especially for carbs)

Sat Jan 24, 2009 7:50 am

This is a great tip, Sgtbull. Anyone who has done any work on Holley performance carburetors, knows all about sticking gaskets. Those things REALLY stick. You'll find Chap Stick in many hot rodder's tool box's. I first learned of this tip from a magazine article.

Re: Gasket tip...(especially for carbs)

Sat Jan 24, 2009 8:22 am

sgt,
make a thin film, not a gooey glob
that was my only question about the thicker softer IH carb gaskets. If someone put alittle too much on, would/could it squish the gasket out the sides?? I know Holley's have a lip to hold them in place.

Maybe you should enlarge your last sentence for those that didn't comprehend it the first time, like me
make a thin film, not a gooey glob
:D :D

Rick

Re: Gasket tip...(especially for carbs)

Sat Jan 24, 2009 9:06 am

Maybe you should enlarge your last sentence for those that didn't comprehend it the first time, like memake a thin film, not a gooey glob.

:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

Good one Rick.

Re: Gasket tip...(especially for carbs)

Sat Jan 24, 2009 9:14 am

Thanks for the tip Sgt., just tried to take apart a carb and save the gasket but it tore just like you mentioned. Now I'm looking to rebuild the carb while it's apart. Might as well. I'll definitely try the chapstick method because between my wife and my daughter, I'm always picking up a tube of chapstick where it rolled off the kitchen table or the living room sidetable. Next one (or two) I pick up is MINE! :D

Re: Gasket tip...(especially for carbs)

Sat Jan 24, 2009 11:16 am

Sgtbull,

Great Idea! Now have a tube of Chapstick out in the Tractor Shed.

Great tip, keep them coming.

Re: Gasket tip...(especially for carbs)

Sat Jan 24, 2009 11:23 am

Does it matter if you use the cherry flavor?

Re: Gasket tip...(especially for carbs)

Sat Jan 24, 2009 12:55 pm

Pony Master wrote:Does it matter if you use the cherry flavor?


:bellylaugh: :bellylaugh:

Re: Gasket tip...(especially for carbs)

Sat Jan 24, 2009 2:47 pm

Well, Chad, I think cherry flavor would go good on a red tractor, don't you?

Re: Gasket tip...(especially for carbs)

Sat Jan 24, 2009 3:37 pm

Joey wrote:Thanks for the tip Sgt., just tried to take apart a carb and save the gasket but it tore just like you mentioned. Now I'm looking to rebuild the carb while it's apart. Might as well.

Joey, you know what happens when you "take the hood off" a carburetor! :D

Re: Gasket tip...(especially for carbs)

Sat Jan 24, 2009 10:55 pm

Kelley:

I have been looking for a Cub Tip of the Week, and I guess this one qualifies. "A little dab'll do ya!" as they used to say. Hmm, well that will date many of us who know where that advertising slogan comes from... :big smile: It is now housed in the Cub Tip of the Week thread -- look up.. wayyyyy up.. :arrow: :-:-): :lol: :lol:

Thanks for the good idea :idea: :!:

Re: Gasket tip...(especially for carbs)

Sun Jan 25, 2009 12:02 am

Pony Master wrote:Does it matter if you use the cherry flavor?
I do not think I want to explain to Joann why I am buying cherry flavored lip treatment.

Re: Gasket tip...(especially for carbs)

Sun Jan 25, 2009 7:46 am

Do carburators become addicted to it like women do?????????????????????????? :lol: Chuck