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Payen XK engine head gasket -- which side is the top?

Goodfellow

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I'm ready to install a new head gasket in my XK engine and ordered a Payen head set. Unfortunately the head gasket isn't marked as to "top" or "bottom". There is a difference in the two sides of the gasket

One side has a metal reinforcement on the rear water passages, while the other side does not.

This is the side without reinforced rear water passage

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This is the side with reinforced rear water passage

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Also, notice that the metal cylinder sealing rings in the gasket are wider and more pronounced on one side than the other

I called the seller and they said that it doesn't matter which side is top or bottom -- not sure I believe that story.
 

LarryK

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I have never used this gasket for an XK engine. Cannot say for sure. Just Googled and got copper down.
 
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Goodfellow

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E-mailed Payen in Australia and they were very helpful. Apparently there is a top and bottom side to these gaskets. The side with the wider fire ring and the metal reinforced water passages are the "bottom" of the gasket.
 
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