If you rebuild any small engine, or even take it apart for repair, chances are you'll need to replace the gasket. You could order a new one or you could make your own. Ordering gaskets can delay any project if it doesn't fit right or can't be found. This is a quick and easy alternative.

Step 1: Materials

You will need:
Engine gasket material
(found online or in auto stores)
Or brown paper bags (this will get the job done
But is inferior to the gasket material)

Liquid ink or industrial sharpie

Exacto knife

(Optional) hole punch

Engine (I'm rebuilding a lawnmower engine)
Do you know what this gasket part number is I have been searching for this all over the internet and can not figure out the part number to order it plz plz plz help ASAP thank you
<p>Being that he didn't specify what engine he's working on, and I'm assuming in all likelihood that this is not the same model engine that you are wanting a part number for, if you look on the shroud (metal cover that covers magneto/coil area) it should have a small tag pop riveted to the shroud, that tag should have the model number printed or etched into it, give me that number and I'll get you the accurate part number for the sump gasket</p>
oil will break down the gasket way too fast. just goto an auto parts store and get a role of gasket material and do this same method.
All of these comments are very useful! And would make this project much easier. O-Budd-1 mentioned that improper gasket size can cause the engine to wear much faster or not work at all. My engine runs great with the gasket I made but I understand how that could go wrong. It's an important thing to keep in mind while doing this build. Bill WW, I like the simplicity of the hole punch so much I tested it and am mentioning it in the instructable
I've used cereal box gaskets for many years. they work great. I like to use the small hammer to cut it out too, but have never tried to wet the gasket matl. it seems to cut fine dry.
Never thought of doing it this way using stamp pad ink but it's a good idea. Thanks!
If the part is small enough to fit on a flat-bed scanner, you could scan the part, and cut the gasket on a laser etcher/cutter.
Hey there, I'm currently building a Lotus 7 Replica and found an easier way to go about this. <br>Get some luke warm water and wet the gasket paper. (don't worry it will hold together). <br>Then place the paper over the area you wish to make the gasket for. <br>Take a medium to small size hammer (one you can easily use in one hand), and whilst holding the paper in place, tap the edges of the object you are making the gasket for. <br>The sharp corners cut the paper. <br>Wait for paper to dry again and then bolt it all up. <br> <br>Saves a lot of time with not having to ink and re ink. <br> <br>Hope it helps cheers.
Thank so much for all your comments! I really appreciate all your complements and constructive help. It will improve the way I make my gaskets
Nice work and project. <br> <br>When I have made gaskets with a lot of bolt holes like your example, I have used a simple paper hole punch for most of the holes. <br> <br>I understand and appreciate the comments of O-Budd-1 (be careful making your own crankcase gaskets). But if you select a gasket thickness close to the original, you should be OK, and I believe what you used was fine. (60+ years making things work, just like you, Werock).
As an experienced small engine mechanic (50+ years) I suggest you be careful making your own crankcase gaskets. <br> <br>Many small engines, including the Brigs / Stratton pictured, use the the gasket thickness to set crankshaft end play ... too much end play and your engine wears out faster because the piston doesn't stay in proper alignment with the bore. <br> <br>Too little and you wipe out the thrust faces of the man bearings and may not even be able to turn the crank at all. <br> <br>BTW, the engine in the old 1952 Cushman scooter in my avatar is a ported, polished, relieved and balanced 140702 series 7 Hp Briggs with a 0.125&quot; mill on the head to make up for lost compression from the relieving. It's too powerful for the 8Hp rated centrifugal clutch ... gotta go for a CVT drive instead in the future.
Nice! I sometimes use liquid gasket maker like this: <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0002UEN1U/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B0002UEN1U&linkCode=as2&tag=marccryan-20" rel="nofollow">gasket maker</a><img alt="" border="0" height="1" src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=marccryan-20&l=as2&o=1&a=B0002UEN1U" style="border: none;margin: 0.0px;" width="1">, but it is messy. &nbsp; I've tried tracing the old gasket, but it always goes wrong. &nbsp;I like your way better.
I have done this in the past when I can't find a gasket. You can also use the card board from a cerael box. Just make sure you use sealant.

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