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post #1 of (permalink) Old 01-22-2001, 12:11 PM
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Valve cover oil leak - another solution

I have read all the posts on replacement valve covers and would gladly buy an alumninum cover but for the Cdn $ exchange bringing the price of a cover over $250 Cdn.

I have the plastic valve cover which is bolted down with three bolts on the distributor side, one bolt on each end and "nut washers" on top. The leakage of course is on the top side which isn't secured at all. I've already tried to reseal twice with no success.

I note that there were three studs running parallel to the top of the valve cover. I made three templates of a "pressure plate" which will cover portions of the valve cover edge. I drilled holes through the plates to fit the stud. Once I find the right sized nut/washer, I plan to bolt down to the studs.

Am I wasting my time? Any thoughts appreciated. In any event, will post again as to whether this cheap fix works.



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Re: Valve cover oil leak - another solution

If you mean the studs that run along the intake and exhaust side, yes, it will help. I have a couple of pieces that look like washers that fit on those bolts. They were on a CJ-5 engine was donated to me during the rebuild of CJ-7 engine.

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Re: Valve cover oil leak - another solution

I wouldn't pay that much for a cover either but have you tried any auto wreckers yet? If you sweet talk or whine to alot of them you can get some good deals. I think they like the entertainment.

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Re: Valve cover oil leak - another solution

I've said it before, but I got my alum. valvecover off an 88 eagle w/ a 258.
It cam from a junkyard, was cheap (like me[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/blush.gif[/img]) and doesn't leak a drop.[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img]


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Re: Valve cover oil leak - another solution

I have already tried a number of junkyards in the area with no success. Thanks for the suggestion.

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Re: Valve cover oil leak - another solution

Bolted down the plate washers to the three studs. Works great! No leaks from those areas of the valve cover.

However, there is still a large span between the middle stud and the one at the back of the block. Oil still leaks in that area. I'm thinking a special washer plate that extends from one stud to the other will work.

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