Making Tall Aluminum Valve covers work....

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Making Tall Aluminum Valve covers work....

Post by Maui Built on Tue Mar 15, 2011 6:57 pm

Ok, here is the issue....I purchased a new set of Tall Aluminum Polished Valve covers from CJ Ponyparts to dress up the engine as I have Harland Sharp 1.6 rollers which I have modified the stockers to accomodate on my Edelbrock Heads. The problem lies in the clearance of the EFI. I can make the drivers side work by removing the breather "T" and plugging it, re-routing it to the front. From what I gather, with a 1" phenolic, you still have to bend the throttle lever at at 45 degree angle and modify the throttle cable bracket. I have a 6" Cervini's cowl hood, so with my current phenolic (.5") and a 1" added, I think it should work. The burning question is will my CAI nail my hood upon closing with it being raised 1.5"....any ideas on how to get a good measurement without tearing up my new paint? Sounds stupid, but I'm kinda scratchin' my head and butt on this one...LOL.
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Post by TT_05_Stang on Tue Mar 15, 2011 8:07 pm

I ran the trickflow tall valve covers with 1.5 spacer and had no issues with the throttle. You running an egr plate?

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Post by Maui Built on Wed Mar 16, 2011 10:12 am

Yes, it is still emissions compliant. I noticed on one post on the net they stated you might have to either make your own Throttle bracket or "slot" the holes in the stock one. I figured if the intake cleared, the EGR would as well. Thnx for the reply.
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Post by TT_05_Stang on Wed Mar 16, 2011 11:10 am

yeah the EGR moves the throttle out towards the highest point of the valve cover.


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Post by Maui Built on Wed Mar 16, 2011 7:46 pm

Well figured out the nice shiny new valve covers will not work as my CAI will hit the hood where it contours off the cowl with a 1.5" spacer (had to jimmy a tape measure so when I lowered the hood it measured the clearance....really shadetree..) so painted the stock covers and put them on...then when I went to fix my leaking header gasket, the bolt sheared off my header collector....so I tore it out and had to cut off the bolt and drill it out......oh, the adventure of it all....uggghhhh.....
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Post by TT_05_Stang on Wed Mar 16, 2011 7:48 pm

Vert motot mounts. Drop engine an inch

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Re: Making Tall Aluminum Valve covers work....

Post by Maui Built on Thu Mar 17, 2011 9:45 pm

Now that is a great idea....thnx!
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Re: Making Tall Aluminum Valve covers work....

Post by BCP on Sat Mar 19, 2011 2:32 pm

I use these on mine http://www.cgmmotorsports.com/sbffordfabricatedvalvecovers289302351wstroker.aspx with no problems. Clear roller rockers and the intake without needing a retarded intake spacer.
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Post by Maui Built on Sun Mar 20, 2011 9:56 pm

BCP, thanks for the link...they look great! And no issue clearing the EFI or throttle cable with it? I am running Harland Sharp rollers so they have a larger arc too. Work on my stockers with mods to the covers. At any rate, thanks.
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Post by BCP on Mon Mar 21, 2011 7:30 pm

They fit my car fine, and I too have Hardland Sharp rockers. The shop is in Md too.
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Post by Bethelism on Tue Mar 22, 2011 8:28 am

I love it when you boys talk shop...

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Post by Henny Penny on Tue Mar 22, 2011 2:35 pm

Bethelism wrote:I love it when you boys talk shop...
Yeah, What she said!
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Re: Making Tall Aluminum Valve covers work....

Post by Maui Built on Thu Mar 24, 2011 2:01 pm

Thnx BCP! I definitely like the looks of them and if they fit without hitting the throttle cable, rollers, sounds like a winner! Now to just sell my $150 worth of new FRRP covers/breather...LOL. Appreciate the help! Have a good one.
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Re: Making Tall Aluminum Valve covers work....

Post by BCP on Fri Mar 25, 2011 7:09 pm

No problem, good luck with your project.
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