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Old 11-16-2012, 10:03 AM
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283 head gaskets

I have been reading up on head gaskets because I am almost to the point of putting on the heads on my 283 build. I know the pistons are shorter than stock. I have decked the block and the heads for a total 0f .017 (.010 block .007 heads). My kit came with a composite (cheap looking) head gasket and I don't know what the compressed thickness is. I am guessing .041. I have read that we want a quench of about .041. Doing the math, if I use the .041 gasket I will have a quench distance of .056. Is that too much? I am going out to try to measure the top of piston to deck height soon to confirm my numbers.

Also if I use the composite gaskets do I spray them with copper seal or put them on dry?

What is the best head gasket to use?
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