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Technical Valve covers

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Choppedcoupe, Apr 1, 2017.

  1. Choppedcoupe
    Joined: Oct 17, 2016
    Posts: 195


    My Edelbrock SBC polished valve covers just arrived. I've always planned to fill the gaps between fins with black paint or powder coat. Whadda say fellas: fill the fins or leave 'em raw? If the answer is to fill the gaps, please give painting tips? Or take to powder coater?

    BTW- these go on the car in my avatar.

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  2. jeffs64cat
    Joined: Feb 15, 2017
    Posts: 25


  3. I did mine in white, matches engine block. I used OneShot paint, it has been on there for 14 years, and still looks great. WIN_20150308_151841.JPG
  4. Well paint is easier removed than powder coat incase you want to change your mind. If you paint them you can just sand off the top of the fins or another trick is to wipe vasoline on the parts you don't want paint to stick to before you paint.
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  5. what da hell are valve covers????
  6. lippy
    Joined: Sep 27, 2006
    Posts: 4,319

    from Ks

    Carl, I think they are cover thingie's that sit on top of an engine? Dunno for sure. :D
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  7. sloppy jalopies
    Joined: Jun 29, 2015
    Posts: 3,525

    sloppy jalopies

    30 years ago i tried to order a intake gasket for my '48 flattie from napa, it was refered to as a valve cover gasket.
  8. Mike VV
    Joined: Sep 28, 2010
    Posts: 1,743

    Mike VV
    from SoCal

    I've never understood questions like this.

    Chopped, it's YOUR car, your engine, your...rocker covers..!
    Why ask others what color underwear you should wear today ?

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  9. DDDenny
    Joined: Feb 6, 2015
    Posts: 13,102

    from oregon

    Is unpolishing an option?
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  10. coolbreeze1340
    Joined: Aug 18, 2009
    Posts: 1,342

    from Indiana

  11. big duece
    Joined: Jul 28, 2008
    Posts: 5,748

    big duece
    from kansas

    Where are the holes for spark plugs??
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  12. Ive stripped every pair i've had ...I like'm bare myself ...
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  13. I've always believed in this..... 936626_559532127555710_2420917440334476778_n.jpg
  14. Choppedcoupe
    Joined: Oct 17, 2016
    Posts: 195


    Coolbreeze340-where'd ya get those exhaust manifolds? Love 'em!
  15. I have a similar problem.
    I like em painted, and raw or polished.
    Since my new engine won't be built for some time, I have lots of time to decide.
    Do whatever you want, you can always change em.
  16. One Shot enamel work fine for the fin grooves. Red or black are my favorite colors to use in between fins.
  17. Choppedcoupe
    Joined: Oct 17, 2016
    Posts: 195


    I like 'em a variety of ways too. Didn't know which was more "traditional", or whatever. I'm gonna paint em.
  18. Choppedcoupe
    Joined: Oct 17, 2016
    Posts: 195


    Used gloss black Rustoleum Primer+Paint from Walmart. The valve covers came in plastic bags which I used as masking with some masking tape at the edges. Two heavy coats about 1/2-hour apart. Wiped down logo and fins between coats then again after second coat with a T-shirt stretched over my finger with some acetone. Turned out great. We'll see how it holds up.

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  19. Engine man
    Joined: Jan 30, 2011
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    Engine man
    from Wisconsin

    Isn't wrinkle paint traditional?
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  20. 5window
    Joined: Jan 29, 2005
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    Painted the grooves on mine black.Do yours the way you want.
  21. 49ratfink
    Joined: Feb 8, 2004
    Posts: 17,549

    from California

    I have 3 pairs of valve covers here set aside for a car I may never build. how am I supposed to help you with yours?:)
  22. choptop40
    Joined: Dec 23, 2009
    Posts: 3,549


    Looks the wise cracks....
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  23. Choppedcoupe
    Joined: Oct 17, 2016
    Posts: 195


    Lol! Lots of crack-heads and wise-crackers on the internets. Y'all have a good Memorial Day.
  24. InstantT
    Joined: Aug 15, 2012
    Posts: 670

    from SoCal

    That Fenton tripower is the same one I'm running on my 39. I've never seen another one until today. Bitchin setup.

    Sent from my LGLS990 using The H.A.M.B. mobile app
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  25. 97
    Joined: May 18, 2005
    Posts: 1,549


    You and I call them intake manifolds Carl.:eek:
  26. Choppedcoupe
    Joined: Oct 17, 2016
    Posts: 195


    Gonna add some Tru-rams to make motor favor a Y-block and look a little more 40s than 60s. Gonna have them ceramic-ed in satin black to not steal attention from the valve covers. Only other polish will be scoops on 97s.

    What is great about the Fenton manifold over other 3x2 manifolds? The oil fill tube conflicted with the high-rise water pump and was never gonna work. That's why I switched valve covers in the first place-I needed valve covers with breathers that I can add oil thru. This motor looks fresh-shame it's a 112hp 307! Still more power than most stock flatheads or a 4cyl, so it should still have a little pep over "stock."

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  27. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
    Posts: 26,435


    Please explain how you can powder coat aluminum valve covers, I'd really like to know that works inside the fins only. Bob
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