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post #1 of (permalink) Old 08-28-2000, 04:05 PM
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D*mn chevy valve covers...

Trying (again) to fix my leaky covers. I have a set of stock (pre-centerbolt) covers that seem to be strait as I can get them with a hammer and a strait edge. I have a set of cork (free)gaskets and the aftermarket wide hold down strips. What kind of sealer do you guys recomend and how much should I put on? On both sides?

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post #2 of (permalink) Old 08-28-2000, 04:17 PM
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Re: D*mn chevy valve covers...

A little bit of Blue RTV might help on the top side. I had trouble with some valve covers for a while. I finally got sick of loosing oil, and bought some rubber gaskets, and elelbrock bars and hold downs. This fixed the problem with NO RTV!! ALso, the rubber gaskets won't dry up and stick to the valve cover and can be re-used.

post #3 of (permalink) Old 08-28-2000, 04:27 PM
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Re: D*mn chevy valve covers...

When I got my new Edelbrock valve covers I used orange RTV on the valve cover flange and a light coat of oil or grease on the cylinder head. They have been leak free for nearly 7 months. I also used the wide hold downs that were used on the 84-86 305s and 350s.

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Re: D*mn chevy valve covers...

I'm running edelbrock alloy valve covers on my 327 and a soft rubber seal, no RTV. I've had them off and on a couple dozen times on the one side and still no leaks

Not sure where I got the gaskets but they are a really soft rubber, about twice as thick as most other ones and you can use them over and over...where did I find them?


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Re: D*mn chevy valve covers...

I finally found the solution without sealer: X-tra thick Chevy performance valve covers from Summit. Steel reinforced rubber gaskets from Speedway. 1/4" thich spring tempered hold-downs from A&A Mfg.

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post #6 of (permalink) Old 08-29-2000, 06:17 PM
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Re: D*mn chevy valve covers...

Either get a set of rubber gaskets from Fel Pro, or use RTV. I have used grey RTV and it rocks! However, currently on my 94, I just have the rubber gaskets. These are centerbolt covers, which in my opinion suck, I would rather have the old style. Easier to equal the pressure by using the holddown bars.


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