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Technical 303 Olds Valve Cover Torque Specs

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by cmarcus, Apr 23, 2018.

  1. cmarcus
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    Does anyone have the torque specs on the valve cover bolts?

    I don't have a manual yet, and CANNOT for the life of me find them online anywhere.

    Thank you!
     
  2. Valve covers don’t really have a torque spec just tighten me down really and if you really need a number look at a small block chevy


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  3. engine138
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    Sbc is 3ft lbs so no more than as much as it takes to tightened with fist around a rachet wrench
     
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  4. revkev6
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    except a sbc is nothing like a olds really. sbc has 4 peripheral bolts where a 303 has 2 central bolts. I would think the olds would take just a little more pressure than a sbc. also matters if it's stock steel or aftermarket aluminum. some of the aluminum ones are not the flattest.
     
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  5. Just looked in my 52 Shop manual. There was no mention of a torque spec.
    My 58 manual says 5-6 foot pounds.
     
  6. TERPU
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    Snug, that's all no more and no less.
     
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  7. Tighten them up with your hand on a wrench. If they leak, snug them up a little more...
     
  8. jebbesen
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    Or use Dodge flathead tappet cover thumb screws...
     

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  9. porknbeaner
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    This is going to sound a little crass Ok a lot but I am going to say it anyway. If you are torqueing a rocker cover or looking for torque specs to torque a rocker cover you are way over thinking it.

    Just grab a wrench and tighten it down, if the gasket squirts out the sides you over tightened it and if it leaks you need to snug it a little more. Most ( not all) mechanic work is done by feel. I think that is why mechanics used to serve apprenticeships. Books are fine I keep a few around but the real education comes with time and a wrench in hand.
     
  10. Exactly what I was getting at. It's a part that doesn't require a torque reading.
     
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  11. nochop
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  12. porknbeaner
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    I know but I speak Canadian. :p :D :D :D
    We are nearly always on the same page I just read from the bottom to the top. Well that and you usually go faster than I do. ;)
     
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  13. revkev6
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    beaner, when someone asks a question like this, I can tell the wrenching hasn't happened much and there probably isn't a phone a friend option. if they don't have a "feel" for it, a torque spec that doesn't require feel may help him to prevent the next question which is, how do i straighten my bent valve covers....
     
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  14. My girlfriend says the same thing. :(
     
  15. BJR
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    My friends snobbish asshole of a half brother asked him how much to torque the valve cover bolts on his MGA. He told him 20 lbs. You guessed it, the ass broke off both of them! :p:p:p
     
  16. jimmy six
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    It's the same as a Y-Block Ford.....Google it...:rolleyes:
     
  17. cmarcus
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    Thanks guys...it was more that they are leaking a little, I went a little more on them, and just feels like there is "more there", but don't want to overdo it. Sorry if I am over thinking it, but also didn't want to break anything is all. I have no idea if they have ever been off before. Sorry if it sounded uneducated. Thanks.
     

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