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Object ID # 1992.023.004
Object Name Gasket
Title General Motors Head Gasket
Lexicon category 7: Distribution & Transportation Artifact
Date 1930s?
Year Range from 1930
Year Range to 1945
Made General Motors
Place of Origin Canada?
Description GENERAL MOTORS head gasket, c. 1930s-1940s. This long, grey gasket has six large holes running through its center in addition to a number of small circular holes. Some of these circular holes are located in small, rounded tabs that stick out from the gasket's main rectangular body. "MS5828" impressed into it. A wire and a small tag are attached to a corner.
Makers mark MS5828 impressed into it
Provenance Belonged to J. Leonard Walsh who owned and operated an Imperial Oil service station and garage at Dornoch, Grey County, starting in the 1920s.

James Leonard Walsh died on June 5, 1986, in his 92nd year. He is buried at St. Paul's Cemetery in Grey County. Last owned by Patrick Sweeney, one of his nephews who used to help him in the Dornoch garage.

Collection Transportation, Automobiles & Equipment Collection
Material Wood Fibre?
Dimensions W-18.3 L-71.2 D-0.2 cm
Found Durham, Municipality of West Grey, Grey County
People Walsh, J. Leonard
Sweeney, Patrick
Function A gasket is used for packing pistons or making pipe or other joints fluid-tight (to prevent leakage of gas, water, oil, grease, etc.). When overhauling automotive engines, it was a good idea to put a new gasket on the cylinder head. Gasket cement was used for affixing them. Cylinder Head Gaskets were subjected to high temperatures and high pressures..."If the used cylinder head gasket is to be used again, as may be done in certain cases, provided that it is not broken and has been thoroughly cleaned, paint a thin layer of gasket cement on both sides of the gasket..." [GENERAL SHOP WORK]. You could use a putty knife for removing them.
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"Motor Mechanics" in GENERAL SHOP WORK, 1945, pp. 160 and 164. (1980.41.9)