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I'm looking to replace the head gasket on my 2L 73 Spider. I found this kit for pretty cheap. Does anyone have and experience with this kit? Are they any good? If not what would you suggest? Also would you recommend putting in roller pins and where would I be able to buy them from? I'm very new to alfas so all your guy's help is greatly appreciated.

Head Gasket Kit from parts geek-73 1973 Alfa Romeo Spider Head Gasket - Engine Mechanical - Beck Arnley - PartsGeek
 

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That's a big discussion! Don't know anything about that kit in particular - Beck Arnley is a fine brand - but the head gasket is a place you really don't want to skimp. It's a bit of an achilles heel for the 2 liter. Not saying there's anything wrong with that kit, just that you want to make sure you get the RIGHT parts regardless of cost.

You'll want to do a lot of reading beforehand so you buy the right parts and incorporate all the little tips and tricks. I've only done it once (though I have another opportunity coming up soon!) so I'm not the one to give you tips, but here are a couple links to get you started.

First Vintre's (always!) excellent how-to write-up:


Then a forum search on the subject:

 

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Reinz are known to be very good. Why risk having to replace the gasket after a short time for the sake of a few dollars.
 

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I'm bored in quarantine so I went and looked and that Beck Arnley kit isn't even cheap. It's $120. A Reinz gasket and the associate kit add up to less that $100 from Centerline and they have an option that adds up to less that $75 as well.

The big Alfa parts specialists are Centerline and Vick here in the US, Classic Alfa and Alfaholics in the UK. There are others though. Note that shipping from the UK to the US is fast and reasonable. Centerline is local to me but I often order from Classic Alfa as well.
 

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I've done a bit more looking and as suggested centerline has kit for 75 then the actual headgasket for another 25 usd. Centerline also happens to be somewhat close ao shipping should be speedy.
 

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Sorry for the bombardment but since the head is off should I install some roll pins from vicks auto?
 

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I’m in northern Nevada. Shipping from Classic in the UK is usually two days, and four days from Centerline in Colorado. The US$ and UK pound exchange rate make the UK parts often significantly cheaper.
 

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Get the Reinz. I am not going to name names but one of the other mentioned gaskets failed in a short time on a friend's motor. He usually used Reinz but tried this other one and went straight back to Reinz.
You have been warned!
 

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Should I install roll pins. If I should then where do I buy them from.
 

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Yes. You need the roll pins. Spruell usually has them. Just ask for them when you order the gasket set.
 
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