A friend bought a 96 Outback a couple months ago that only has 134k on it. Surprise surprise, a couple weeks ago on his way home from xmas, it overheated, blew coolant out the reservoir, and filled the rad hoses with air. He had it towed home and it has been parked since. Head gasket(s), right? Hopefully since it was only overheated once, it should still be in pretty good condition internally?
So, now I get to fix it, but I have a few questions first.
1stsubaru has a gasket set for $300. He emailed me a list of included part numbers, and it says it includes HGs #11044aa112. Punch that number into their site, and it comes up with 11044aa114. Then I read here about the 610/633 gaskets. Which ones are the latest & greatest for a Phase 1 DOHC? edit: did he send me the gasket list for an EJ22?
I'm planning to use GDs head resurfacing technique. Is there anything special needed to prep the deck surface on the block? Suction cup with the glass/sandpaper used to do the heads?
Head gaskets go on dry, right? No copper spray?
Was thinking about this timing belt/tensioner set: http://www.ebay.com/...=item4602178e3e
Thought for discussion:
I recently read on a different forum an old trick for hotrodding V8s. They would chamfer the edges of the headbolt holes, both in the head, and in the block. The idea being it would help spread the pressure farther out on the gasket. Kinda similar to how skis are built with a bow so that when you stand on them, your weight is distributed over the entire ski, and not just under your boots. Would that provide any benefit here? Thoughts?