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gt350mike
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From: Huntsville, AL
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posted 03-17-2002 02:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for gt350mike   Click Here to Email gt350mike     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I need advice on getting a set of R Model valve covers. I can go to the retailers and pay mega $$. I might be running a valve train girdle so I need to consider tall verses short covers. Any suggestions on how to buy/modify/build a set that looks like the R Models without missing a car payment????

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kcode
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posted 03-17-2002 09:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for kcode   Click Here to Email kcode     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
When you say "R" model, do you mean the stamped steel with extended breather tubes welded to each side, which the 350 R had, or are you meaning the open letter Cobra aluminum covers?

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gt350mike
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posted 03-18-2002 07:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for gt350mike   Click Here to Email gt350mike     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm looking at the old style, stamped steel with the filler tubes extended.

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Moneymaker
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posted 03-18-2002 04:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker   Click Here to Email Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
GO to the Moroso website and look at the kits. They offer tall steel no name covers and breather tube kits. They will look just like the R models when done for a fair price.

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gt350mike
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posted 03-18-2002 05:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for gt350mike   Click Here to Email gt350mike     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks!

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mellowyellow
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posted 03-19-2002 12:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The kind that you need are on Vintage-mustang.com right now. They are 64.5's. 65/6 can be used but pvc and filler would have to be filled by butt welding a patch in. After 66, the shape changed and didn't have the rounded corners. A picture should give you the size of tubes, etc. Good that there's a kit available.

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DidgeyTrucker
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posted 03-19-2002 01:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for DidgeyTrucker   Click Here to Email DidgeyTrucker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
These were for sale in Georgia last year at the MCA anniversary show.

They weren't that expensive

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TomP
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posted 03-19-2002 01:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for TomP   Click Here to Email TomP     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
those will certainly not clear a stud girdle, they won't even clear most roller rockers.

You can weld a set of early 260-289 valve covers to the top of another set of 302 covers to make a tall early looking valve cover, then weld the tall tubes on, these need to be tall to keep oil from flinging out.

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mellowyellow
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posted 03-19-2002 06:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have an 89 roller motor in my 65. Went to an aviation surplus and they cut 3/8 billet alum to size of cover. Using a strong sabre saw, cut spacers out to the shape of cover inside, traced a gasket on the alum and cut out the center. It took 4 blades and about 3 hours, trimming, grinding, etc. Another 1/8" was added by using a gasket top and bottom. The bottom one, I glued to the heads with contact cement. The block is black like a 65 and I started with chrome 65 covers. Had to 'rig' the baffling and made a baffle inside of filler tube using a can screw lid with small holes and a washer brazed underneath that. Sounds hokey, but it worked. No oil came out and it breathed. Have since added updated open letter Cobra polished covers and the spacers are still on. I don't know how much space you need but larger can be made. Branda sells some but they are ridiculously tall and look terrible-defeating the purpose of trying to look orig.

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