Nearly a century ago, Alfred had to use the available resources, but he showed himself to have an original and inventive mind that was unfettered by the conventional wisdom of the day.
I suspect that if Alfred had had Silicone sealant available, he would never have used gaskets.
So,– Off to Wilko for a cartridge of silicone sealant!
I put my engines together with it and it works fine.
I use High Temperature Silicone sealant for the exhaust flange.
I remember when I was a young man starting in engineering and mentioned using Loctite for some applications, instead of waiting hours for the gnomes in the jig boring dept to work their occult magic