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Old 06-18-2016, 11:44 AM   #1
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3.4 head on 3.6 block, which head gasket to use?

I put together a factory 3.6 engine block ( different pistons ) and want to use the 3.4 head gaskets and cylinder heads

I noticed that the part numbers for the 3.4 and 3.6 head gaskets are totally different.... has anyone done this before? I dont want to start mixing oil and antifreeze together....

Any help is very appreciated.
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Old 06-18-2016, 01:04 PM   #2
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Hello,

i've never done this in person.

The bore of the 3.4 and the 3.6 litre engine seems to be the same – 96mm. But from what i've read i think they have changed the water channel flow between this two engine versions and that is why there are different gaskets.

Maybe somebody else has a more precise answer.

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That's incorrect, they are nearly identical except for the placement of the uppermost bolt hole for the timing chain well. you will have to re-drill a hole closer to the chain well.
Buy a 3.6L head gasket & place it on the case & you will see.
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After I had my cylinders redone by LN they recommended the 3.6L head gasket And I originally had 3.2 heads fit perfectly nothing had to be done to make them fit.
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After I had my cylinders redone by LN they recommended the 3.6L head gasket And I originally had 3.2 heads fit perfectly nothing had to be done to make them fit.
Due to your 3 chain engine, 5 chain is different.
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That's incorrect, they are nearly identical except for the placement of the uppermost bolt hole for the timing chain well. you will have to re-drill a hole closer to the chain well.
Buy a 3.6L head gasket & place it on the case & you will see.
I did drill the 3.6 engine block to bolt the uppermost bolt of the early 3.4 head.

So I should use 3.6 head gaskets? I bought a 3.6 head gasket to overlay on the 4-6 3.4 head gasket... Aside from bolt closest to the chain, it looked very similar.
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You do realize the timing chains are different lengths for 3 and 5 chain?

You must use the head gasket that matches the heads, not the block.
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You do realize the timing chains are different lengths for 3 and 5 chain?

You must use the head gasket that matches the heads, not the block.
Yes, I split the block open and replaced the timing chains.
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