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Brendan: Clifford valve cover

hi

here's a pict of my the top of the engine.



i do have 3 bolts on the passenger side

on bolt at the front of the engine offset to the passengers side (can't see it in the picts)

one bolt at the rear of the engine offset to the drivers side (can't see it in the picts)

and 5 on the drivers side

let me know what you think

thanks
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for other people wondering what this post is about...i'm checking to see if an aluminum valve cover will fit on my 258 without drill and tapping new holes.
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Re: Brendan: Clifford valve cover

another of the pict...this one of the passenger side

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Re: Brendan: Clifford valve cover

That looks similar to my head. I put a 4wd hardware aluminum valve cover on my 84. I had to tap several holes using a 1/4" bottom tap on the ends and 5/16" bottom tap on the sides-- I think, it has been a while. The holes were already drilled. When I bought my rebuild, I had to remove some Helli-coils and retap. I don't think you'll have any trouble.

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Re: Brendan: Clifford valve cover

I beleive you have to enlarge and retap some holes, But take your time cause a cliford installed correctly will not leak! I know from personal experiance, my 79 258 took the side off #2 piston and my sealed so tight 258 that you had to pull the dipstick out to add oil!(to vent air) blew my o-ringed dipstick and tube out of the block , but my clifford didn't leak!!!! anyways she's
getiing a 5.0HO ford right now, so if anybody wants a early style(80 and prior) valve cover I've got one I'll let go of cheap,
or mount it on my shop wall!!!

use a blind tap when doing yours, for thread depth!!!!!

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Re: Brendan: Clifford valve cover

The cover I have mounts using the holes with the bolts in them on the right of the engine, the single 1/4-20 bolts at front and rear, and with bolts in the circled holes. It's cut out to go around the large headed bolts in the head on the intake side.
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Re: Brendan: Clifford valve cover

hi there

can you tell me if all the bolts are 1/4-20?

thanks
patrick

and i mean really thanks for all the extra info in trying to make this happen...i'm sure it's been a big pain for you.
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Re: Brendan: Clifford valve cover

I can't say for sure, because I no longerhave that head, but I think that the end bolts were 1/4-20, and the others were 5/16-18(coarse thread, unsure of count).

Are the circled holes tapped on your head?
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Re: Brendan: Clifford valve cover

hi there

those two holes that you pointed out are not tapped on my head. they are not very deep either.

so i don't think it'll work.

thanks for all you help and information!!

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Re: Brendan: Clifford valve cover

You could always drill and tap 'em. Easy to do, and no real risk from the shavings if you're careful.

How did your stock cover mount? Did it use the two studs up thru the center of the valve cover? I'd like to establish, at least, what it is that I have.
post #10 of (permalink) Old 10-28-2003, 10:14 PM
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So, is there an aftermarket valve cover that can be installed without drilling or tapping the head??????
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