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Old 02-13-2011, 06:49 PM
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1930u which valve covers to use

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I'm trying to do my project 30 Plymouth as period correct for lates 60's early 70's drag style. The heads are done and have new guides, retainers, keepers, seats, springs, stainless valves and a few heli coils here and there. These things are huge.

...Since my theme is late 60ís early 70ís drag styleÖ Iím leaning towards the Donovan style fins. Here's a few pics. Any thoughts about which covers to use?
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The finned ones all the way.
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Neither. I would run chromed stockers w/the embossed name.
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Old 02-14-2011, 04:39 AM
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Neither. I would run chromed stockers w/the embossed name.
The ones on the left are the chrome stockers. Bad shot on my part you can't the the logo to well.
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Old 02-14-2011, 04:52 AM
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An upper end build or show car in the '60's might well have used the finned cover theme, so the type of build should be considered, but the thing about finned covers is they look somewhat out of place unless the 'finned' theme is carried on throughout, IMHO.

However the chromed "Firepower" or "Red Ram", etc. covers have universal appeal. And the Firepower logo is one case where I'd be proud to "advertise", unlike Edelbrock, etc. logo'ed covers.
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An upper end build or show car in the '60's might well have used the finned cover theme, so the type of build should be considered, but the thing about finned covers is they look somewhat out of place unless the 'finned' theme is carried on throughout, IMHO.

However the chromed "Firepower" or "Red Ram", etc. covers have universal appeal. And the Firepower logo is one case where I'd be proud to "advertise", unlike Edelbrock, etc. logo'ed covers.
Good points...I guess I'm thinking that 55 about 62 or 63 you saw a lot of fins. I really like that look. Then for my type application let's say the gasser/altered look 68 through the early 70's you saw pretty much anything but there were a lot of MT finned covers and the Donvans too on the Hemi's. I can try it both ways but I'll have to have two sets of plug wires if I use the stockers with the wire covers. I also have to decide if I'm going to add the crankcase breathers. Thanks for the input!
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One last thing, though. You have a freaking Hemi- that just about says it all. Unless you were to slap on a rusted out, painted-w/a-brush set, it'll look good.
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Here's the engine all mocked up in my ragged out old body. I do think the big finned covers look better with the blower.

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Well, you need a photo of the engine w/the chrome cover to compare it to! Unless your mind's made up, that is.
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Finned all the way.
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If it was just naturally aspirated I'd agree with Cobalt and say the chromed stockers, but the blower changes everything for me. I'd go with the finned Donovan look, I think it goes better with the blower.
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Finned with Breathers

go for both....swap as your mood changes
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I'm a child of those times. Finned was the choice of the day... and now they will be more rare and unique than the factory pieces.
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The chromed OEM's are nice tho I do like them painted a contrasting color to the car better as I don't believe I have ever seen a chrome version that didn't have waves. Of course, the finned aluminum covers

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