Right now I'm in the middle of lining up some performance mods to go on the 4.1L 250ci Automatic in my 1974 Mercury Comet. My eyes are on a re-manufactured early 80's cylinder head, as they have larger valves and more intake log cc's. Despite the fact that the engine in the Comet already runs well as it sits (it smokes the tires a bit too... stock ), the plan is to do the 2V conversion with an Autolite 2100 directly mounted, and possibly do a bit of porting. ----Here is my question---- Because a new head is going on, I want a new gasket to replace the old one that's been sitting there for God knows how long. However, these older cars used thin steel shim gaskets, ranging anywhere from about .015" to .025" thick. Today, companies use these composite materials, which are great and all for a good seal, but they are usually double the thickness. This difference leads to a noticeable change in compression, and thus power output. I believe another thread (can't remember if it was on fordsix.com or this forum) put the difference at about .5 compression points per .020". That would be enough to make the mods mentioned above not worth it for the cash going into the project. I don't want to machine the head to compensate for the added thickness for cost, reliability, and time reasons, but I want to maintain what stock compression the car came with, 8.0:1 for 1974. To do this, I would need to find one of these steel shim gaskets. Problem is that I can't seem to find these things anywhere, and I just run into another composite gasket. If anyone has any idea as to where I could find the gasket, could you post a link so I can buy one? Thanks in advance!