Re: Block Decking
I'm not a professional builder but I can't understand the practice of machining away irreplaceable cast iron (thus weakening the deck surface) and then building up the quench distance with thick gaskets. I always just have them decked to square and then pick the right head gasket to maintain .035-.040 quench. I've had good results with Fel-Pro 1094 shims (.016 thick) and the Mr. Gasket 1134 (.028). Ever notice how aftermarket blocks talk about extra thick deck surfaces? I'm sure a pro builder will offer a different view.