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Hi all,

I have just had the head skimmed on my Bedford MW after a head gasket failure, and reading the manual there are no torque settings for the head bolts. The book says just to tighten the bolts!

Anyone got a suitable ball park figure for the torque settings?

Cheers

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This has been discussed previously, there are several threads on the subject. Use the search option to look for Bedford MW torque settings.

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There are no torques in the wartime Bedford manuals but the data from a 1947 Bedford manual for civilian lorries is as follows:

Main Brg. Cap Bolts; 63 - 66 lbs/ft

Big Ends ; 38 - 43 lbs/ft

Cyl. Head bolts ; 78 - 83 lbs/ft

 

Same 28hp engine

 

regards, Richard

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There is a special Bedford tool for tightening the head bolts, a bit like a ring spanner but with one end bent right over to get at the bolts under the rocker arm

I suppose the theory was that if a man pulled it as tight as he could that would be OK

Its is more important to pull everything down evenly

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I have the spanner for the head but one problem is not all the bolts are fully accessible to pull on the spanner. Some you can only push the spanner which I feel would give a variation in tightness!

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