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It happens! Use Felpro gaskets, forget the cork.
ON the OHV I always use a thin film of ultra grey on both sides of the gasket, this makes up for any imperfections in the gasket/covers and keeps the leaks from coming back
FYI the intake gaskets are only a PITA the first time, gets easier each time after that. Now I actually look forward to doing plenum gaskets on the pushrod V6, much easier then some of the other things we get to fix around here!
I hate to admit, it took me like 8 hours total to do... But that was stopping for lunch, and dinner, and watching a bunch of youtube videos over and over. I'm sure this time I could get it done in no more than 7 1/2 hours if I had to do it again. the one thing that got me stuck for no good reason was the pipe that just press fits on, on the driver's side. I couldn't get it off, with what I felt like a reasonable yank, so I spent at least an hour trying to figure out how it was supposed to come off without breaking it, Got angry and yanked it HARD, and it popped off like nothing. I about cried.
1998 Mazda B4000