rear main seal interferes with oil pan gasket
I'm putting a new oil pan gasket (Fel-Pro cork/rubber, 4-piece set) on my 87 YJ's 258, this is after some other work like crank replacement, etc. has been done.
My concern is this: the lower tabs on the bottom half of the rear main seal protrude downward a bit... and the end tabs on the new side gasket pieces are supposed to fit into the groove on the rear main bearing cap, but the rear main seal tabs are in the way so the gasket tabs have to take a slight bend and be fit *over* the rear main seal (sandwiched between the rear main seal tabs and the oil pan).
I am worried that this will create a couple of tiny spaces between the gasket and the block, where water could get in if I get deep enough in it (and I will). Is this normal, and will the small gaps be closed when the gasket becomes oil-soaked? Or is there some way I should deal with this to prevent water going into my oil pan?
Here's a really bad ascii-graphic to illustrate the prob. This is how it would appear if you were to look at the motor directly from the rear.
S=rear main seal
G=oil pan gasket
Note that the oil pan fits pretty flush against the gasket, I just couldn't figure out a way to represent that in ascii. Sorry this message is sorta confusing, it's hard to explain without being able to look at the actual problem. If anyone knows what I'm talking about, please advise. :P