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Old 04-11-2012, 07:14 AM
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Ya, I'm thinking thats what I'm going to do. I have an old set of chrome Edelbrock valve covers I am going to cut open and try to keep it as neat as I can cuz I have titanium header wrap. Oil soaking into that will not be pretty. So far that is the only real problem I'm chasing. The video at the beginning of the thread is as the engine was idling 1200 rpm. After that it steadied out. When I dropped the idle down to 700-800 rpm (man trans) the needle would fluctuate/bounce 2"-3". So you all are probably right that it's all the cam because so far I've only been able to make it worse instead of better. The engine is brand new, the heads have been completely re-worked so everything should be **** as far as they are concerned. So I'm going to give that a whirl and see where the vacuum gauge is and if I can't get it any better I will go with the fact that it's the cam. I just wanted to make sure things were right because I didn't want to let something go assuming it was ok and end up with a big problem on my hands. I always knew that the cam would be choppy and low on vacuum but I didn't know that would also make the vacuum signal choppy as well.

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If your worried about oil splash on the headers, you might raid the kitchen for a roll of aluminum foil to cover them. pull out a long strip to wrap all at same time, left to right. Just fold it over the end pipes(1&7)(2&8). Squeeze it to conform to the shape of the pipes. Can't say I ever tried it, but it seems like it would work for a short time. The oil doesn't really shoot out of the pushrod/rocker interface too bad if revs are low. They make clips to attach to rockers to block oil splash, but the ones I used got in the way of the adjustment nut and didn't really help much. And don't rev the engine until valve covers are back on or you will have a mess.

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