I would like to install a z head and all of the usual suspects are back ordered for the gasket. Does anyone have a spare copper gasket they could sell me?
Give Dave a call at Chaffin's (951) 805-0928
While on the topic of gaskets, we had a model A and once we found out the part number our local auto parts store could order it brand new. I believe the Model A was 9013C if memory serves.
Oops! I meant (951) 735-4791
Make sure to have spotlessly clean surfaces on the head and block. clean out the head bolt holes good and I always use a little anti seize compound on the threads. Put the head on first without the gasket and crank the engine by hand a couple times to check for clearance. Put a couple coats of Copper coat on the gasket, and re-torque cold about four to five times after running. I think i had to re-torque 5 times cold to get it right. No problems since then at all. You're gonna love the performance.
Just one other precaution to Kevin's list. Wind the crank handle until two of the pistons are at the top of the stroke. Then fit the gasket and head. That way you will have no problems with the gasket being mis-aligned and being hit by the pistons.
Hope this helps.
Allan from down under.
Call Casey at Miller's in Ohio.
I bought mine from Bob's n Rockford.
Who are the "usual suspects" that you have checked with?
I'm putting together a list for a run of "solid copper shim" head gaskets. These are exact copies of the ones that Kevin Pharis did a few years back. They will be CNC water jet cut from .040" soft copper sheet. I'll probably make a few OHV and perhaps some F head versions.
The flathead versions are especially designed for guys who want to run bigger valves. I'm not sure if this suits you
Les - please add me to receive one of your f head gaskets - thanks !
Do you have one that you could trace the combustion chamber shape from. If you could do that on squared paper (graph paper), then you could photograph and email it to me for comparison for chamber shape
Les- any idea what the costs might be?
Looks like about $60.00
Dave, try Antique Auto Ranch in Spokane,WA.They make the ones with the black core.
Les, please elaborate on your head gaskets - are they to raise compression (instead of the standard thick ones) or lower it for clearance?
No net effect on compression. What they allow is you is to effectively install bigger valves because you can grind head material away around the valves. I hope this is clear