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Make my own gaskets???

I need to aquire a gasket kit for a Volvo MD7A engine because I am in the process of tearing down this engine because it was submerged, and I want to inspect and clean up the engine inside and out and paint the outside and oil and replace bad parts. I was wondering if I could save some money by making my own gaskets, and has anyone ever attempted to do so? Thanks for the replies. John
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Make my own gaskets???

When I was a kid we rebuilt a Renault Dauphine and later when I raced motorcycles, we made many of our own gaskets. It is pretty hard to do well. Gasket material was not all that cheap so we would ''prototype'' a gasket out of shirt cardboards (do dry cleaners still put cardboard in folded shirts), dry assemble the part and often have to make two or three protypes before making a final good one. It greatly added to the time that we spent on the project in making patterns, cutting them out, test fitting them and remaking the ones that did not work out.

There are some gaskets like the head gaskets that are inadvisable to make (especially on a diesel)and others that you must buy because of a special material or shape. There are some pieces that rely on a proper gasket thickness to work properly. Diesel injector pump gaskets are one of those.

I would think that the savings would be too small to be worth the risk of completely lunching the engine and having to start over again.

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Make my own gaskets???

The volvo cylinder base gaskets are measured in the thousands of an inch. it would be very difficult to cut them from stock.

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Make my own gaskets???

I would spend the money for a factory gasket kit.
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