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Head bolts I have replaced the head gaskit on my 1989 ford capri SA and need to know what the setting are for all the head bolts. Can you please help or do any of you know were i can get a manual for this car. Thank you, Shane, My email is

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It's a good question.. Torque at 45#s progressive, last pull 48Ft.lbs..

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