Originally Posted by MalibuMike
I'm building a 454 bbc & I've just started ordering parts for it & I was looking to dress the motor up alittle with some chrome pieces (intake, carb, valve covers, etc) but was informed that chrome engine parts draw more heat, is this true?
"Informed" by who? There's a lot of BS wives tales out there; this is another one of those. The reality is that the amount of engine heat radiated through the parts you're worried about is a tiny fraction of what gets carried away in the coolant. Yeah, chrome is a poor radiating surface, but you don't get a lot of cooling from the valve covers. Now, a chrome (or polished aluminum) radiator would be a bad idea, but chrome parts on the engine will have virtually zero effect.