It should just wiggle out Pete. If not, a few light taps should free it.
Gasket material from an auto parts place would have been better. Thin cardboard like that is not that moisture resistant and might fall apart and fail.I used a cereal box for the gasget and replaced the o rings
Not yet -- haven't had a chance to get back to the garage yet. I'll get it tomorrow morning.Did you get them off Pete?
Agreed, less is better. On the engine block side, I backed up the area with a folded paper towel and sprayed very carefully. There was a little over-spray which I immediately wiped off with a clean towel - no harm done. And I did use a razor blade on the engine block half of the old gasket.Those old gaskets can hold quite well. I ran into the same problem with those cross over tubes when I changed my head gaskets. Paint stripper would worry me for fear of its intended purpose: stripping paint from the engine block. That is probably a case where "less is more."
If anyone knows of a easy way to get the paint off of those things, let me know please. I need an easier way. Anyone accidentally remove the paint with a particular chemical?