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How rare is a mc gurk valve cover for a 216/235 ??????????????

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Cody Walls, May 17, 2010.

  1. Cody Walls
    Joined: Nov 14, 2008
    Posts: 1,512

    Cody Walls

    All right, i pick up this valve cover off of ebay a little while back for my 59 chevy station wagon project , i know mc gurk stuff is kinda of rare , but how rare is it for a 216/235 valve cover ????????????????? just wondering and thanks for aney info .:D

  2. Nice....I've never seen one!

  3. 1st I've ever heard of "McGurk" was "Stroker McGurk"... didn't know there were any performance/dress up parts named "McGurk"!
  4. jandk
    Joined: Jan 5, 2009
    Posts: 115


    WANNA SELL THEM??????? If it will make the price cheaper....they are not rare at all......LOL

  5. F&J
    Joined: Apr 5, 2007
    Posts: 13,221


    I am senile lately but I sorta recall the ad "get Gone with McGurk" ???:confused:

    I think I bought McGurk brand? solid lifters for an early Olds from Honest Charley around 65 or so.
  6. waldo53
    Joined: Jan 26, 2010
    Posts: 863

    from ID

    That's one nice valve cover, I'd say it's pretty rare. Stroker McGurk was a cartoon character that was always getting himself into a jam in one way or another. Frank McGurk was a legendary Chev inline tuner and speed buff, worked for GM for several years and manufactured his own line of Chev inline speed parts. He was the subject of the now famous Racer Brown "Soup that Chev" article that appeared in Hot Rod magazine in 1955. It's available on the net.
  7. Little Wing
    Joined: Nov 25, 2005
    Posts: 7,504

    Little Wing
    from Northeast

    Belive they were sold by Lee's Speed aka Tornado
    Joined: Jul 16, 2006
    Posts: 2,571


    First one I have ever seen.
  9. They also made intake manifolds, but they are pretty hard to come by.:D
  10. my dad has a McGurk 2x1 216-235 intake, but i never seen a valve cover. cool find!
  11. G V Gordon
    Joined: Oct 29, 2002
    Posts: 5,705

    G V Gordon
    from Enid OK

    here you go

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  12. 1931av8
    Joined: Jun 2, 2008
    Posts: 389


    Here is the cover to Frank McGurk's hop-up book circa 1954:


    No picture of the VC inside, but did find the listing and the original price...which I will be glad to pay you! Lower left of photo:


    Here are some accessories that will go really nice with that valve cover:

  13. dytryen
    Joined: Jul 27, 2008
    Posts: 391


    DANG!!!! I had a McGurk triple single intake for a inline 6. DANG!!! I regret selling it!!! Gotta talk OL'skoolJC....maybe....just maybe he will sell it to you.
  14. titus
    Joined: Dec 6, 2003
    Posts: 5,080


    mcgurk also made 6x2 for sbc

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  15. JeffreyJames
    Joined: Jun 13, 2007
    Posts: 16,612

    from SUGAR CITY

    That's pretty rad! Any info on how it worked? Never heard anything on a McGurk SBC intake.
  16. zmcmil2121
    Joined: Dec 13, 2009
    Posts: 625


    Yeah, odd... Sure some guy didn't go down to the local machinist and say "make me this, here is some money." and then sell it? Whatever it is, it is super cool!:D
  17. ..........and adjustable rockers; have a set on my early Olds..
  18. 49ratfink
    Joined: Feb 8, 2004
    Posts: 18,114

    from California

    McGurk anything is more rare than the rest of the speed parts from back then. I've never seen a valve cover
  19. they made all sorts of stuff .
  20. voodoochili
    Joined: Aug 21, 2006
    Posts: 130


    what a great find... I want to know about the triple carb set up... are those side drafts?
  21. Shaggy
    Joined: Mar 6, 2003
    Posts: 5,207

    from Sultan, WA

    Even made some for SBC's
  22. Kinky6
    Joined: May 11, 2003
    Posts: 1,765


    No, those are for downdraft carbs.

    That McGurk VC is a good looking part, and just about as rare as my 216-235 Sharp VC! :D

    Later, Kinky6 :cool:
  23. PFF
    Joined: Oct 28, 2002
    Posts: 186

    from UK

    I was looking for one of these my self, I got real lucky and picked this one up at a swap meet in England
  24. jcmarz
    Joined: Jan 10, 2010
    Posts: 4,633

    from Chino, Ca

    I have seen McGurk intakes and Sharp,Niccson valve covers (Niccson side covers for the 216 also) but first time I've seen a McGurk valve cover. I've also heard about Fenton valve covers but never seen one. I wish they would repop these items,for I would buy a Fenton.
  25. Well there ya have it, post #13 clears everything up.
    It cost $20 in 1954, which means it's old and outdated, so I'll give you $5 and be a nice guy and cover the shipping if you want to get rid of it. :D ;)

    Cool lookin peice and even more so when it's the only one you may ever see.
  26. Cody Walls
    Joined: Nov 14, 2008
    Posts: 1,512

    Cody Walls

    thanks everyone for the info ,voodoochili<SCRIPT type=text/javascript> vbmenu_register("postmenu_5246029", true); </SCRIPT> are u asking about my intake and carbs , my intake i built to adapt su ,side drafts to my chevy 292 here is from aht another angle
  27. Cody Walls
    Joined: Nov 14, 2008
    Posts: 1,512

    Cody Walls

    pff is it me or does your valve cover look a little different than mine , from the pic mine tapers at the ends and your lookes like it doesnt?
  28. PFF
    Joined: Oct 28, 2002
    Posts: 186

    from UK

    Yep, I noticed that mine is dead straight. yours looks cool with the taper... adds to the rare factor
    Joined: Nov 22, 2005
    Posts: 7,591

    from SIDNEY, NY

    I've got a McGurk valve cover for 216/235 (tapered style), plus another McGurk cover I traded a guy a dual intake for because the cover was a couple inches too long for his 235.......but it fits my GMC head fine.
  30. unkamort
    Joined: Sep 8, 2006
    Posts: 1,014


    That manifold looks like the one on a Mk10 Jag. Are those 2 1/2" SU's? I entertained the idea of trying that on a 235 in a little 62 chevy 2 many moons ago. How far off was the fit? The combo looks nice!


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