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Good Aluminum Valve Covers

Who makes a good set of decent aluminum valve covers for a SBC? I really like the looks of the Cal-Custom ones but don't know about their quality. I'm interested in good sealing, baffles to prevent sucking oil and a fair price.

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Lets see....look at Summit Racing, Jegs, Speedway Motors, Yogi's, Parr Automotive to name a few. You can also look at ebay, just type in "sbc valve cover" and see literally hundreds.
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Are you looking for finned cast aluminum, or fabricated, or ????? Most the cast aluminum valve covers are equally good in the name brands. Some import valve covers have fit or sealing issues, and used old American valve covers are better and cheaper.
I'd check your local Craigslist for used valve covers. Might have to clean them and polish them up, but they'd be good quality and cheap.
Here's a pair of Edelbrocks for $50 if you're anywhere near Harvey's Lake/Scranton:
http://scranton.craigslist.org/pts/2908772445.html

Or something "racey" in these Brodix for $60:
http://york.craigslist.org/pts/2949628691.html
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I'm looking for vintage-look cast aluminums. The Cal-Customs look great but I'm sure they're not the same Cal-Custom I remeber from the '70s (which I knew was good quality. I'm not crazy about Edelbrock Elites but they are made in the USA and should be fairly decent quality.
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Holley just recently re-released the finned M/T valve covers for small and big chevys. Black krinkle coat or plain semi-polished aluminum
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In the last few weeks I decided that I wanted a set of finned Valve Covers for my Project, and i purchased what appeared to be a nice set off of Ebay -

What attracted me was that they offered a chrome finned valve cover, and the price was very good (obviously)-I was excited that I had made that decision, as I have purchased four other sets with my indecisiveness.

Anyway, the Covers came, and I excitedly opened the Box-they were terrible, and looked like someone had taken a tiny ball peen hammer to the finned area, and were just not acceptable.

I was disappointed, and just said the heck with it and purchased a new set of Moon finned valve covers-they came last week, and I =am very happy with them-the profile is completely different from the Ebay junk ones, and it's not very often that I will just stand there and admire something, but I stood there for at least ten minutes marvelling at the quality and style of them-

Sorry to ramble on here, but my advise is to buy some good ones-as Ben Franklin said: "The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten"-caveat emptor-
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I'm not a fan of any of the valve covers that are black and chrome. I kinda like polished or at least bare aluminum valve covers. A little bling on an engine is a good thing!
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The M/Ts look good. Do they have baffles?
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The M/Ts look good. Do they have baffles?
They have provisions for you to mount baffles below the breathers if you knock out the plugs.
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