Don't feel bad. The engine in my truck has 9.4-1 with vortec heads, .040 deck height, and .038 head gaskets. Yeah, thats right...078 deck height
But, I built the shortblock back before I knew much about quench. I use an XE268 (which would work great in your application BTW). I get 180psi cranking compression, run on 89 octane (87 in a pinch), and can burn the tires off of it from a 15mph roll with 3.08 gears and a 2000 stall convertor. It's not perfect, but it gets the job done.
'86 chevy 3/4 ton...9.4-1 355, vortec heads, vortec performer intake, 600 edelbrock, xe268, headers, duals w/turbo mufflers, BTO 700R4, 3.23 gears
'77 nova, 388, 200cc pro-toplines, holley 300-36, 750 edelbrock, comp 294s, 10" ATI, 3.73's
'83 ford F-150 XLT...351w, C-6 and 3.55's.