Big Block Chevrolet Intake Torque Sequence

So we got that cool new dual quad tunnel ram and you are going to need to figure out how to get it on and torqued properly. Make sure you follow the manufactures instructions (Edelbrock, Holley, Weiand, etc) for the proper procedures. You will need a few things including the "Nuts, Bolts and Gaskets" as they say. Don't forget the gasket sealer(s) torque wrench and this page.  My preferences for gasket sealers on the race cars are Hylomar (Permatex Version) for intake ports and a light coat of High temp RTV sealer for the water jackets and end seals. It's also a good idea to coat bolts that enter the water jacket with some Permatex or similar bolt sealer.

Big Block Chevy Intake Bolt Torque Specifications

25 Ft/Lbs - Aluminum Heads
35 Ft/Lbs - Iron Heads

The torque spec can be anywhere from 25-35 on Iron heads, but for aluminum I tend to go towards the lower side. IF you do have a spec from the manufacturer follow that. Make sure threads in the head are clean and in good shape.

Make sure you follow the sequence in a couple of steps, worry about this more on old and aluminum manifolds. Cast Iron is much more forgiving if you are unfortunate to have to use a boat anchor of an intake. They are HEAVY on the BBC.

Some Common Intake Manifold Tips

If you have an old used manifold, before installing it, check for cracks, leaks and the threads in the thermostat housing (often a problem area) and the threads in the bolt for the distributor clamp. You don't want to find out you have to toss in a Helicoil or other insert while it's on the car. For the T-Stat housing and Distributor claps it's nice to use studs.

Test fit your manifold with gaskets (no sealer). Make sure it looks like it will align. Milling heads and decking blocks can make things not align properly and cause leaks.

Use good sealers, do not use silicon around intake ports, just the water ports. Some folks like to use the end seals, I typically toss them and use a bead of silicon on the front and rear seals of the manifold. Do it in the way you are most comfortable with. If tossing the end seals make sure things are totally clean an oil free.

Last thing is to be careful of the 5, 9, 10, 11, 16. These are often on weak parts of the manifold. Some manifold do not have bolts 5, 10, 11, 16 as the ports are way too big to have a bolt hole smack in the middle. I don't know what the 'Proper' technique is but I just skip to the next one in the sequence.
Chevy Big Block Head Bolt Torque Sequence
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