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Hot Rods POLL: Favorite SBC Valve Covers

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Jenkins Competition, Mar 12, 2021.


“Favorite SBC Valve Covers”

Poll closed Mar 19, 2021.
  1. Stamped Red w/Chevrolet Script

    20 vote(s)
  2. Stamped Red w/327 ID L 79 Style

    16 vote(s)
  3. Finned aluminum no name

    43 vote(s)
  4. Finned aluminum Corvette

    65 vote(s)
  5. Finned aluminum Chevrolet

    3 vote(s)
  6. Finned aluminum M/T

    10 vote(s)
  7. Finned LT/Z 28 style

    6 vote(s)
  8. Fabricated aluminum

    0 vote(s)
  9. Any SBC Valve Cover not leaking

    11 vote(s)
  10. What’s a SBC ?

    8 vote(s)
  11. Any SBC w/Moon Equipt Breathers

    3 vote(s)
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Deuces
    Joined: Nov 3, 2009
    Posts: 19,689

    from Michigan

    Here ya go.... I fixed it for ya!.....:rolleyes: Biscayne motor with Comp Cam.jpg
  2. jnaki
    Joined: Jan 1, 2015
    Posts: 5,494


    upload_2021-3-13_4-50-6.png SIMILAR MOTOR

    When we built the first 283 SBC with 6 Strombergs, the finned, smooth, no name valve covers were part of the package. After several months, we rebuilt the whole motor from strictly carbs to a whole new ball game that had to have blower spec speed parts. The good old finned valve covers came along for the ride.

    We started in late 1959 and concluded our drag racing with the 671, 292 ci blower spec motor in our 1940 Willys Coupe. I was responsible for adding the Moon Equipment breathers on both valve covers.

    [ upload_2021-3-13_4-50-23.png
    The second SBC was the stock orange 327 covers that came with the 1965 El Camino and lasted 125k miles still looking like new.
    upload_2021-3-13_4-46-2.png similar
    The final SBC motor was another 327 with the same orange red color and finned aluminum covers with added moon breathers in our 2nd 1940 Ford Sedan Delivery. Those were not the same finned, no name, valve covers, but I liked the look of the original 671 supercharged motor valve covers, so I put on the Moon Aluminum breathers. (I wished we had kept the 292 SBC 671 motor from our Willys Coupe. It would have fit nicely in either of our 1940 Ford Sedan Delivery cars, with much emphasis.)

    The finned look, just gave our 283-292-327 SBC motors some extra added zip. They just made each motor stand out a little better. The Moon Equipment Breathers were just part of the package. They could stay or go, but the look was the fins on the nice aluminum valve covers.
    What about the orange/red 327 in the El Camino? Those were low funds college days. It was a hard weekend driver, holiday vacation driver, surfboard transportation, desert racing motorcycle holder, and just a fabulous reliable workhorse, without having to spend any money on repairs or rebuilds.

    Plus, the El Camino was made just a few miles up the freeway from my apartment and college in San Jose. The Fremont GM factory said my car was built on a Wednesday… that could account for the longevity of the motor without any repairs until 120k.
    Last edited: Mar 14, 2021
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  3. I would like a set of finned aluminum Corvette covers.
    Then I would have irrefutable proof that my small block came out of a Vette!
  4. I Have the same One's as ( oilguy ) has & I think they are Great
    When I open my Hood on my Merc. They stand out.
    They came with the Engine & will die with it.!

    Just my 3.5 cents

    Live Learn & Die a Fool
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  5. To clear roller rockers and stud girdles?

    You can buy valve cover extensions I 1/2 and 1”
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  6. Von Brush
    Joined: Nov 20, 2016
    Posts: 95

    Von Brush
    from Corfu, NY

    I've had finned Vette covers that l purchased back in the day for $13 from a Chevy dealer. However, they did not have the right bolt pattern for the later model heads that l now have on my 57 Chevy. I also had a set of finned Cal Custom covers with the early bolt pattern. Wish l could find a set to fit my later model heads. Presently l am running later model finned covers found on Camaros. They have the round flag emblem. They are the only thing that is not period correct on my 60s custom.
    Sent from my 9024W using The H.A.M.B. mobile app
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  7. Jacksmith
    Joined: Sep 24, 2009
    Posts: 514


    This is a number true 327 outta a '63 Corvette... honest! IMG_0339.JPG
  8. blue 49
    Joined: Dec 24, 2006
    Posts: 1,344

    blue 49
    from Iowa

    I bought these M/Ts years ago just because they were cheap and hadn't had the holes knocked out. When I put my Henry J together, I thought They fit the look I was after on my 327. I had been using Cal Custom staggered holes on adapters, and still have them.

  9. blowby
    Joined: Dec 27, 2012
    Posts: 7,319

    from Nicasio Ca

    9 fins rule!
    Photo Sep 27, 11 17 56 AM.jpg
  10. AChopped1950ford
    Joined: Sep 5, 2018
    Posts: 156


  11. AChopped1950ford
    Joined: Sep 5, 2018
    Posts: 156


  12. AChopped1950ford
    Joined: Sep 5, 2018
    Posts: 156


  13. AChopped1950ford
    Joined: Sep 5, 2018
    Posts: 156


  14. AChopped1950ford
    Joined: Sep 5, 2018
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  15. JC Sparks
    Joined: Dec 8, 2008
    Posts: 723

    JC Sparks
    from Ohio

    We raced a couple of blown alcohol SBC's and those Mickey's really sealed up good. They got my vote.
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  16. Elcohaulic
    Joined: Dec 27, 2017
    Posts: 1,760


    I like the painted stock covers. I like the engine to be all function and no glitz.....The stock covers with three duces with three little filters looks the best..
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  17. I have old Edelbrocks. I need spacers to run my old corvette finned covers. I would like to get some M/T covers, those are my initials . WIN_20170423_12_34_39_Pro.jpg
  18. chevy57dude
    Joined: Dec 10, 2007
    Posts: 6,145


    Mikey - just noticed the gauges in your firewall. :cool:
  19. R&C RON
    Joined: Apr 14, 2011
    Posts: 371

    R&C RON

    283 in my 34 Ford


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  20. Dennis D
    Joined: May 2, 2009
    Posts: 689

    Dennis D

    How do you keep them from falling off?:D
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  21. canted valves and roller rockers. My intakes ride just barley inside the gasket rail on the uphill side.
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  22. streetrodder71
    Joined: Jan 15, 2015
    Posts: 981


    Offenhauser Polished with fins & Red paint between. F61860D5-B16B-4A8C-BD06-50DA7E3B12BF_1_201_a.jpeg 707BF423-3E94-4046-B417-91A9A6F30EDA.jpeg 707BF423-3E94-4046-B417-91A9A6F30EDA.jpeg 707BF423-3E94-4046-B417-91A9A6F30EDA.jpeg
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  23. weiand vc.jpg 3w3.jpg 284.jpg
    Never could make up my mind on valve covers on my 35 5W or 36 3W.. ha
  24. I'm torn ~HRP



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  25. Joe Troilo
    Joined: Oct 3, 2007
    Posts: 236

    Joe Troilo

    How about these?
    complete engine.jpg
    Last edited: Mar 15, 2021
  26. Splitbudaba
    Joined: Dec 30, 2014
    Posts: 467


    981D3F09-EE34-4178-A554-C826FAA8558B.jpeg Got lucky when I purchased these 62’ stamped Chevy covers. So I vote for these!!
  27. DDDenny
    Joined: Feb 6, 2015
    Posts: 14,604

    from oregon

    You had me at 327!
  28. Packrat
    Joined: Aug 25, 2005
    Posts: 465


    I had some of those in the 70's on my 57, wish I'd kept them.
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  29. MCjim
    Joined: Jun 4, 2006
    Posts: 171

    from soCal

    These...want to use them, but they don't clear the roller rockers on the ends, IMG_5048 (2).JPG and they weigh a lot.
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