Short valve covers too tall... - Hot Rod Forum : Hotrodders Bulletin Board
Hotrodders.com -- Hot Rod Forum



Register FAQ Search Today's Posts Unanswered Posts Auto Escrow Insurance Auto Loans
Hot Rod Forum : Hotrodders Bulletin Board > Tech Help> Engine
User Name
Password
lost password?   |   register now

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 12-05-2005, 08:22 PM
ChevApache59's Avatar
...these go to eleven
 
Last photo:
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Memphis, TN area
Age: 24
Posts: 35
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 1
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Short valve covers too tall...

The 283 in my truck originally came with some super-low rise valve covers with the "Chevrolet" script on it. After it was rebuilt, I of course wanted some chrome ones. I got some tall ones, not that there was any need to, but there's just more chrome to show off. They hit the firewall on the driver's side and wouldnt fit. I took them back and got some short Edelbrock covers, and they fit on alright, but now the column shift linkage won't clear them. Does anybody know of any extra-short stock height chrome valve covers? I don't need any taller than that, it has the stock valvetrain except for the Comp Cams 268 cam.

    Advertisement
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
  #2 (permalink)  
Old 12-05-2005, 10:49 PM
DHMag's Avatar
Registered User
 
Last photo:
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: InCahoots, Texas
Posts: 302
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
ive never heard of any valve cov ers shorter than stock. those factory covers would look niced chromed.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #3 (permalink)  
Old 12-05-2005, 11:13 PM
pepi's Avatar
How’s that hopey-changey thing
 
Last wiki edit: Determining top dead center
Last journal entry: Quicky frame dolly
Last photo:
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Georgia ... USA
Posts: 1,835
Wiki Edits: 8

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
look up Mr.Gasket part number 9800

or Summitt racing part ## MRG-9800 .......30 bucks or so .......stock hight, chrome, plain.

Edelbrocks are a little chunky
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #4 (permalink)  
Old 12-05-2005, 11:18 PM
MI2600's Avatar
Member# 3287
 

Last journal entry: Vortec Heads
Last photo:
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: N. Muskegon, MI
Posts: 2,632
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
The valve covers hit the shift linkage??? What kind of car is this?
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #5 (permalink)  
Old 12-06-2005, 12:33 AM
techinspector1's Avatar
Senior Curmudgeon
 
Last wiki edit: DynoSim combinations Last photo:
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Hemet, California, USA
Age: 72
Posts: 13,306
Wiki Edits: 326

Thanks: 836
Thanked 1,151 Times in 950 Posts
Scroll to the bottom of this page under "Plating". Contact one of the shops listed and ship your stock covers off to get the treatment.
http://www.stovebolt.com/links/services.htm#plating
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #6 (permalink)  
Old 12-06-2005, 03:47 PM
ChevApache59's Avatar
...these go to eleven
 
Last photo:
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Memphis, TN area
Age: 24
Posts: 35
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 1
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanks all. BTW, the this is a 1959 Chevrolet Apache truck with a 3 speed column shift trans. It has a 283, which is offset a little toward the driver's side, which makes things around that linkage a little tight. Also, i meant to mean that Edelbrock's short covers are taller than the stock ones.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #7 (permalink)  
Old 12-06-2005, 03:55 PM
ChevApache59's Avatar
...these go to eleven
 
Last photo:
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Memphis, TN area
Age: 24
Posts: 35
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 1
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
One more thing, i need a filler hole. There's no hole in the new intake for the stock filler neck. Unless I could put the oil in the drain holes on either end of the head, and then put the covers on, but I dont know how much sense that makes.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #8 (permalink)  
Old 12-06-2005, 05:48 PM
Member
 
Last photo:
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Jenison,Michigan
Age: 39
Posts: 183
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I always add oil through the valve cover where my push in breather goes.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #9 (permalink)  
Old 12-06-2005, 06:08 PM
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Posts: 37
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
oil

Not sure what to do other than tap hole in intake or add oil in draft tube. But you still need a breather and good cross flow air flow in crankcase.

Some of the older aftermarket intakes have the breather hole look on ebay.

I assume your valve covers are solid like original. You need a breather and an exhaust (PCV).

A good hint though. If you take a PCV grommit from a big block it will fit snug in the old draft tube hole in the back of block and you can hook up a pcv valve in back. I have this on my 283 plus a nice chrome oil fill tube for the classic look.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #10 (permalink)  
Old 12-06-2005, 06:10 PM
steve t's Avatar
ex biker, now hotrodder
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: NC
Age: 64
Posts: 863
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
with no oil breather tube, you will need holes in valve covers to let engine breath, so i would not chorme stock covers yet
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #11 (permalink)  
Old 12-06-2005, 06:42 PM
ChevApache59's Avatar
...these go to eleven
 
Last photo:
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Memphis, TN area
Age: 24
Posts: 35
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 1
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
First I'll probably try the Mr. Gasket covers mentioned earlier. If those don't work, i guess ill do something about the intake manifold. The engine guy plugged the hole in the back of the block with a smaller freeze plug type of thing before it was put in the truck, i guess since at the time we had the tall valve covers with the pvc/breather holes in them on it and it wasnt needed. At that time we didn't know they wouldn't fit against the firewall.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #12 (permalink)  
Old 12-06-2005, 08:05 PM
Member
 
Last photo:
Join Date: May 2003
Location: Shreveport LA
Age: 65
Posts: 5,103
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Some aftermarket intakes can be machined for a filler neck, if the manufacturer left a place for it. You can also use a GM PCV adapter in the draft tube hole if you can find one. Try a Corvette resto parts place. Here's a pic:

Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

Recent Engine posts with photos

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Hot Rod Forum : Hotrodders Bulletin Board forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name (usually not your first and last name), your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
GM fast burn heads batman09 Engine 1 10-26-2004 10:32 AM
Tall valve covers needed? KeithB123 Engine 15 02-03-2004 01:54 AM
302 valve covers? Super Chevy Engine 2 01-13-2004 06:37 PM
need chevy OEM baffled type valve covers TVR383 Engine 8 10-18-2003 06:22 PM
Cam Help black66 Engine 3 05-12-2003 07:15 PM


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 10:50 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0 PL2
Copyright Hotrodders.com 1999 - 2012. All Rights Reserved.