I have a crate engine in my 81. Let me say that I HATE chrome. OK, I love the look most of the time except when it's dirty which seems to be 5 seconds after I clean it. The valve covers on my car are center bolt generic chrome and cheap. I was looking to replace them with a set of finned valve covers from a mid year. Drill holes, have spacers welded...I used to work in a metal fab shop with some great welders(of which I am not one). I then decided it would be a most unholy act to desecrate those covers and ended up selling them to a local for his restoration project.
So now I was wondering if anyone has seen finned center bolt valve covers in crinkle black or grey? I would love for them to also have the script "Corvette" on them and be about $40...Alright, forget about the $40. How many of us can remember getting good vavle covers for $40? Man, am I getting old. I really don't want to spend crazy money on them that's why I was thinking of retrofitting the old set.
Oh...and how many of us remember going into a junk yard and pulling a 4 barrel carb or posi rear end for less than $50?
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You can buy adapters so you can use standard perimeter bolt small block valve covers on a center bolt cylinder head. I use them on a crate engine in one of my cars. They work fine. There's a huge number of small block valve covers out there to pick from.
The adapters are available from GM Performance, Trick Flow and I believe Jeg's sells their own brand adapter.
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They make adapters to bolt on to your center bolt heads that will allow you to use the early, perimeter style valve covers....then you could use any older style covers you wanted, including the finned "Corvette" script ones. HERE'Sone example just to show that they exist, and how they work. There are cheaper ones out there, tho.
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