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Old 03-31-2006, 03:05 AM
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Clear Valve covers?

I'm just curious, -- Does anyone make clear/transparent valve covers?

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There used to be some made for small block Chevys......havn't seen any in years. Being plastic, they probably warped bad. I have a clear plastic distributer cap on my Pontiac.
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I would think they would be real hard to keep clean. Wouldnt the oil break down the plastic? I would think a window in the top of a metal cover would be better, then if you have to replace it you just have to cut a new one.
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Hopefully Canadian Charlie will chime in, he has some sort of cut out thing on his blue valve covers.They are that way so he can adjust things fast if he wanted to. Wouldnt oil eventually dirty the window up,and it would contsantly have to be wiped off?
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Unless the motor had been sitting for several hours, i would say you couldn't see anything anyway.

I suppose it could be neat to see the oil splashing around a little?
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Mr. Gasket made Lexan covers back in the late 70's. Great for showing off the fancy valvetrain in static display engines but once you ran the engine a little, YUCK!. I knew a guy that had a set, he painted them over after a couple months then eventually cut the tops off and used them when he set his valves.
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for anyone interested

search for clear valve cover on ebay.
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I talked to a guy at a show once that had a set of clear valve covers. They where cast aluminum, he cut the tops out with a milling machine and mounted clear plastic in them from underneath. He used silicone and small bolts about every 2 inches. They looked REALLY COOL!

As long as you kept the oil clean and used the right plastic I think it would work pretty good. I was going to make a set for myself but ended up going with Vortec Heads (center bolt valve covers) and I figured the stress on the plastic wouldn't be a good idea.

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This bike was at a show on Labor Day weekend. It's got a SBC and you can just barely make out in the picture that the tops of the valve covers are clear plastic so you can see the roller rockers in action. It's pretty cool looking (not to mention being a beast of a bike). Sorry I didn't get a closer pic, but the plastic didn't look gooped up at...really quite clean and clear looking.

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I know this post is wicked old but I just wanted to mention I used to have a set of clear top valve covers made by Crossfire. Jegs used to sell them and they were great! They were polished aluminum with the center section clear. I take it no one makes these anymore unfortunately.
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clearvueconcepts.com makes a set for small block...and has for some time.
I have a big block with stud girdles and they are still working on making me a set tall enough to fit
( I ordered and pre production paid January of 2014.) Last check he said they ran into a manufacturing problem, and didn't want to send me anything till they got the quality up. Understandable.
I will add pictures as soon as I get them, and have them installed.
to my photostream on flickr.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/33680695@N03/show/
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