Tech Tip #135: Perkins and Deutz Gaskets: How to Make Them in a Pinch

Dr. Diesel
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Easy to follow guide on how to make your own gaskets

This Tech Tip, Perkins and Deutz Gaskets: How to make them in a Pinch follows an earlier.

Frequently people find themselves without the necessary gasket when working on their Perkins or Deutz engine. Maybe they bought a turbo for their Deutz over the internet and it came, surprise, surprise, without the necessary gasket for the oil line connection. Or they are working on a mixing elbow for their Perkins 4108 marine engine on a Saturday afternoon on Block Island. They need a gasket badly yet the Block Island Hardware Store closed an hour ago. This Tech Tip offers some handy advice on how to make a gasket for your Perkins or Deutz diesel in a pinch.

Gasket Material:  
You should always have a couple of pieces of real gasket paper and rubber fiber gasket material in your tool box. You never know when you are going to need them. If you are in a jam, as we mentioned  in Tech Tip #5 as a field expedient you could use paper from a pizza or cereal box.  Someone more recently suggested that the stiff cardboard that the laundry uses for dress shirts is also good material.

How to Make a Gasket:

Making a gasket is a back yard skill that is slowly going away.  Few of us these days are working on their equipment out back and at the same time the traditional automotive parts store with a couple of old guys at the front counter that could help you is going away.  But here are a couple of tricks from Dr. Diesel™.

  1. You should begin by tracing the gasket out around the outer perimeter.  While you could cut the material to shape with a pair of scissors, we recommend that you use an X-ACTO knife for better results.
    Once the basic gasket is cut to the shape you need, you still have to cut the required holes, accurately and without leaks.   This is especially important if you are working say on a Perkins 4108 raw water elbow or a Deutz 1011 turbo oil line gasket.  Rather than use a nail or a knife to make your holes we have a better idea.  You should use a rotary leather punch. The leather punch has a rotary wheel which offers you a selection of four or five tips in different sizes. The tips are hollow and act as a blade to cut the gasket material.  You can pick up one of these punches at any arts and crafts store and keep it in your tool box.   Our field service people buy theirs from the local A C Moore Arts and Crafts store.
  2. As a final note, don’t forget that if you use grease on some gaskets you can re-use them.  Take a look at Tech Tip #17; Saving Perkins and Deutz Gaskets: Using Grease for more info on this great lubricant.

So there you have it.  Pack spare gasket material, an X-ACTO knife, a leather rotary punch, and some grease and you are prepared to make your own gaskets if necessary.

Dr. Diesel
Written by Dr. Diesel
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