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Old 06-29-2007, 02:16 PM
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'68 Firebird question:

Here's the deal, my uncle has a '68 Firebird Conv. that has power drum brakes. He doesn't want to "hotrod" it but, he does want to put a pair of finned aluminum valve covers on the stock Pontiac 350. The power brake booster is in the way. Can anyone enlighten me as to what a good fix for this would be? If a smaller booster is the answer, do you know the who, what, and where? Does anyone know of a salvage yard item that might work, say the master cyl/booster of an S-10. I'm sure someone has solved this problem before. Any ideas would be helpful.

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If I wanted to dress up the engine ... I would find a real good set of original valve covers and have them chrome plated ...

I use Advance Plating in Nashville TN ... not cheap
But their work is superb ...
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Old 06-29-2007, 08:42 PM
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That would be one way to go Deuce but, I'm thinking uncle may not have that kind of desposable income. I've heard that Advance does outstanding work. I believe my uncle already has the valve covers, he's just looking for a way to make them fit.

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As a after thought ...

Are you sure the valve covers are for a Pontiac ??
The SBC ones look a awful lot like Pontiac valve covers ...
But I do not recall seeing real tall valve covers for a Pontiac.
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Old 06-30-2007, 07:00 AM
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No. I'm not sure exactly what he has. The car has been under sixteen blankets in his garage and hasn't seen the light of day for over five years. I was after him to get it out and do something with it and the valve cover "problem" came up in conversation. I thought that maybe if he had a solution to that problem he might get started on some other things to get it running. I'll mention some of the ideas to him and see what happens.

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I have to go along with Duece, make sure he has the correct valve covers.
There should be enough clearance for stock height Pontiac valve covers to fit. It may be real tight but they should fit.

I do have to say that everything on those rigs is a very tight fit though. There isn't a lot of room to work around that engine and if it has AC it is worse.
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