The first thread was mostly me complaining and wondering if I missed the obvious. Anyways... I took it apart again today and I think I found the main problem. On cylinder 1 (front of the engine/vehicle) the exhaust gasket doesn't seem to come up high enough on the bottom edge, so the exhaust gas finds its way out of the manifold at the bottom corner. Has anyone ever seen this issue? I'm guessing for a solution I should find someone that is able to weld on cast iron, so they can make the flat surface of the manifold extend out and then I'll get it milled flat again. Or is brazing a good solution-I know nothing about it. I'm open to ideas! In the picture below you can see the leak at the bottom right of the port, and the light gray outline of where the manifold sits against the gasket.