There's a thread below where Chillymerc was asking about gaskets for a refresh he's doing.
Ross brought up that SCE has a new set out. The owner of SCE is my brother Ryan. He was doing me a favor and built a gasket for street use that tried to cut down on oil control problems and didn't give away volume between the head and block by being to large a bore size for us smaller bore guys. I gave a couple gaskets out to a couple guys one being Ross so they could take a look at them. Business crap like moving the plant out of California got in the way so it's taken a while to get back to it. So Chilly's thread was well timed.
The gasket is composite with a new coating that has strong anti capillary properties and is supposed to be pretty cool. The center is steel as well as a thick stainless fire ring. We/I wanted to make the bore size 4.250. The only problem with that, that Ross brought up to me is that heads are built so that the chamber is quite a bit wider than the cylinder of smaller bore engines. So the top of the fire ring on iron heads is partially unsupported on the head side.
I slapped together my truck engine with the first set of gaskets. It is a 4.125 bore by 4.125 stroke D4TE with D2 heads. D2 heads leave a bit of the fire ring unsupported. I haven't had a lick of trouble with it for years now. Not saying that's the right way to do it, I offer it up just for info.
So enough background. Chilly is looking to run BBMs on his freshen up so after some discussion I went over to BBM which is close to me and checked out the fit. Pics below.
So Chilly may not want to run these gaskets because he has some squish issues to deal with but I would love to get some comment from you builders about bore size and gasket fit. Is the volume given away by a larger bore gasket anywhere close to the problem that improper quench is? I don't have near the experience you guys do. My brother is planning to make the gaskets thinner in the future and indeed the newer gasket I have in my garage is a bit thinner but still a ways to go. A larger bore is coming one day also. He's also doing some fire ring experimentation.
Happy to hear any and all comments.