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WTB Sbc Valve Covers

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous Debris Classifieds' started by FinoCJ, May 18, 2020.

  1. May 18, 2020
    FinoCJ

    FinoCJ 1970 CJ5 Staff Member 2020 Sponsor

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    Looking for a set of early SBC valve covers with the 'staggered' or 'offset' hole pattern - these were mostly used from 1955-1958 or so. If you any of you have a set around, please let me know. There are some other details around an oil fill/breather hole (as in they didn't originally come with them), but we could discuss those if/when a staggered set pops up. thanks!
     
  2. May 18, 2020
    73 cj5

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    So the kind without a breather in them?
    Edit: Nevermind.
     
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  3. May 18, 2020
    FinoCJ

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    fwiw and afaic - the early staggered covers did not have breather or oil fill hole as the fill was through the intake....In my case, I have a later intake that does not have the oil fill tube, so one of the valve covers was modified for a breather/oil fill....Its the staggered hole pattern that is hard to find (i.e. expensive in aftermarket world), and some are easier to modify with a hole than others based on shape etc....
     
  4. May 19, 2020
    Lockman

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    Copiied this for you. Staggered holes only used for 3 years ? I reckon # 2 is your best bet.
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  5. May 19, 2020
    FinoCJ

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    yup...remind me to never buy a 50s sbc again....anyway, the second one you posted I found this morning as well, its sold through motorchrome or something:
    Chrome small block valve covers staggered for Chevy 265 283 1955-1959
    And think i found the same set cheaper from JEGS:
    RPC R9214: Tri-Five Steel Valve Covers 1955-57-Small Block Chevy 265-283 | JEGS

    Trick to finally find them was to only search for sbc265 (not 283) as the 265 only came with staggered holes in its limited production run whereas the 283 came with the standard inline holes for most of its production except 57-58 or so....From what it says, they are flimsy stamped steel but at least it has breather holes so I could fill oil via them....I bookmarked them...thinking about it....The higher quality ones are both expensive $140+ and I might have to cut breather holes - which might not work so well for anything finned with trying to get a grommet on it....
     
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    Lockman

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    I'm Sorry.... I thought I had read that you had a 283 ? I meant to ask you ; is your engine level , front to back , or close to it ? Reason being , mine has a pitch to the right rear , with the Oil fill right above that area . When I used the regular felpro corks, they started leaking when I started to add oil ?
    I was very frustrated until I went to the best mechanic's that were ever born , imho .
    This is from the Old School guys :
    " It's very important to clean the head right down to raw cast. Use high tack on the gasket to Cover ONLY . Place them on a flat surface , with a brick or Shop manual on them for 24 hrs. Do NOT use anything on the cork to head area. Snug your bolts down & let it sit again. Run the engine until warm and torque them to 12 ft pounds. The rough surface of the heads will bond & fill in with the cork. That's how they're designed to work. They will not leak ."
    After that, Mine didn't , & still does not . :)
    Jegs is good.... Try to get the Felpro Double thick Cork for it there too. That's what I used after I had the the same rear corner oil leak, with my new cover's . My 231 V6 needed Felpro # 1600.
     
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  7. May 19, 2020
    FinoCJ

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    I do, but most 283s came with 'inline' mounting holes - only the first 2 years of production (57-58) had the staggered holes. The 265 was only produced from 55-56 and always had the staggered holes. I could be wrong on the exact dates, but you get the idea....Whenever I search for 283 valve covers, I get hundreds of inline sets and had troubled 'filtering'...using 265 helped filter - that is all I meant
     
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  8. May 19, 2020
    Lockman

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    Gotcha...... I feel your frustration with this.......But when you fix it , you'll feel great. I know you don't want to do this , but I suggest ' Denting ' the firewall at that corner , with a BFB ! ( big F!@#$%^ bar ) Or letting the motor mount go & jacking the engine Up ? You need room to clean in there with a die grinder wire brush.
     
  9. May 19, 2020
    FinoCJ

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    oh don't worry - i don't mind beating on it...I already cut out a strip along the firewall to get the bigger distributor cap to fit - I would have cut higher but the wiper motor mount was the limit....To beat some room requires being able to swing a hammer - there is none.
     
  10. May 20, 2020
    duffer

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    I do have a set of staggered hole covers. The gasket surfaces on both look pretty decent but they have a few dents. And they would require a lot of cleaning. I'll get a photo.

    I did find my set of really pristine 58 covers, but they are for a 348-------- IMO, still one of the neatest looking valve covers ever on a production engine even if the W platform left a lot of things to be desired.
     
  11. May 21, 2020
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    getting a little off topic . sorry . I remember 348 - 409's growing up
    one at local car show . yep you can't miss the W valve covers . except this was aftermarket
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  12. May 21, 2020
    Lockman

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    Those were some Honk'n big engines........ I remember 396 's , 427's & 454 's :shock:
     
  13. May 22, 2020
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    I obviously used one of them for masking. I think that was for painting the heads on the 62 327 that has been sitting in the shop for 20+ years.
     
  14. May 22, 2020
    Lockman

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    John,
    I'll buy the 327 from you.............:)
     
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    My neighbor two doors down has about 5 Tri-five Chevies. I know he had a 265 or two in his parts shed. He always puts cheap finned alloy or chrome crap on his engines, so may still have some original tin. I'll try to check with him tomorrow.
    I thought the staggered holes went up through around '58/'59? I think my '57 283 up at Hatteras has staggered finned covers.
    -Donny
     
  16. May 22, 2020
    FinoCJ

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    Thanks John - I am holding tight for a bit....I hammered a bunch on the ones I have and its better....redid the valve covers yet again (#4 I think) with nothing but bead of RTV. Its better, but still leaking quite a bit.
     

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