**Left/black-Victor Reinz. **Center/blue-TN Ford dealer's gasket. **Right/blue-PA Ford dealer's gasket
We had a very bad experience when we purchased mismarked parts from a local Ford dealer.
We had a customer who ordered Ford OEM Head Gaskets on his 6.0 Powerstroke Re-manufactured engine. We ordered a set from Friendship Ford in Bristol, TN. The gaskets had blue adhesive on them (center gasket in pictures). We installed them and shipped them to a customer in PA who noticed that the Ford part number was stamped into it but X'd out on the gasket and "VR" was stamped into it. The customer was obviously pissed because he paid extra for Ford gaskets. We never noticed the X'd out number. Why should we? They were purchased from a Ford dealer and came in a Ford part box and they looked like a Ford gasket. (Center)
The Victor Reinz gaskets have black adhesive and are called "Black Diamond" head gaskets. They are made to OEM Specifications and they also have a different part number on them. (Left)
We authorized his mechanic to replace the head gaskets with Ford gaskets which we purchased from a local Ford dealer in PA. Upon removal of the first head, they found out that the adhesive was blue so they were NOT Victor Reinz Black Diamond head gaskets. They only replaced one, apologized for the mess that they created accussing us of doing something dishonest.
The core engine was shipped back along with the X'd out gasket and the extra Ford OEM gasket which was purchased in PA. (Right)
For a while, this whole mess really affected our business because it was posted on a Ford truck forum and there were over 600 people who were following it at one time! Neither Victor Reinz nor Ford have responded to my questions.