Re: blueprinting not hotrodding
I don't know which way the head originally comes installed but the spark plug was pointed forward when I got it and it fits fine with just the one gasket. Most cars have head gaskets that are laminated and have some type of printed silicone or similar sealant on them and they can't be reused. These are just aluminum and you can usually re-use them a few times. I hit both sides real quick with "chrome" aluminum spray paint and it seams to be sealed fine. On a liquid cooled 4 stroke engine a leaking head gasket is bad news as it lets the coolant and oil mix, but on an air cooled 2 stroke it isn't a big deal and I figured it would be worth a shot to reuse it and it works fine.