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Straub technologies sell’s a nice coated shim head gasket also. I used them on a recent build with no issues.
 

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I used them on my old 396, but didn't re-used them. A FelPro rep I knew told me to put a little rtv around the coolant and oil holes, then install. I never had an issue, but it was a mild 9:1 motor.
 

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If they were a "Beaded Steel" shim and you collapsed the bead,no.:no::no::no:
 

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Cosmetic head gaskets can be re-used up to 3 times. They are pricey and a race oriented gasket that requires a specific finish on the heads and deck.
 

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Straub technologies sell’s a nice coated shim head gasket also. I used them on a recent build with no issues.
do you have a picture of them? or do you remember if the outer side is scalloped to work with light weight heads? and whats the exact thickness? thanks
 
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