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1/15/11 11:32am - Original Message: 'Valve Cover Gaskets'
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I just purchased a set of "Corvette" script, 7-fins valve covers for my L48, 350.
 
PML Valve Covers, Corvette Small Block, Finned, As-Cast Finish
What would be the best gaskets to use.  I've read that FEL-PRO gaskets are pretty good but they make so many different types.  I have also read that you should replace the spark plug tube seals and grommets at the same time you replace the valve cover gaskets.
 
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1/15/11 12:32pm - Reply: 'Valve Cover Gaskets'
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Unless you've done some extensive work on the heads of your small block, like....moving the spark plugs up to the top of the heads, you won't be needing to worry about tube seals or grommets! Tube seals/grommets are only used on overhead cam type engines, where the spark plug goes down thru the valve cover.

Any Fel Pro gasket will be fine. I prefer the thicker ones, tho, since they don't seem as susceptible to leaking. Just be sure the the surface of the head where the cover goes on is clean of all old gasket, and dry. The gaskets, whatever kind you use, will always work better when both the valve cover AND the head are dry...no oil, or any sealer.
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1/15/11 1:57pm - Reply: 'Valve Cover Gaskets'
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Hey Chuck, nice choice!  

Assuming the set you ordered have holes for PCV and breather? Also, they should have an oil baffle underneath the holes so so oil shoots up into the PCV and breather.

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1/15/11 2:32pm - Reply: 'Valve Cover Gaskets'
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Yes they drilled the holes for the PCV valve and the breather.
 
They also installed the grommets.
 
PML Corvette Valve Cover, baffle shown
 
They do have baffles.
 
I'll probably use the Fel-Pro gaskets.
 
Thanks for the input.
 
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1/15/11 2:47pm - Reply: 'Valve Cover Gaskets'
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Just checked out the site. Very nice stuff. Ilike the side mount for the breather and pcv. Way cool!!Cool

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1/15/11 2:53pm - Reply: 'Valve Cover Gaskets'
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And their service is great, too.  I talked to the owner of the company.  He has his own C2 Vette.  He called to make sure I got the correct sizes for the PCV valve and breather hole.  They also have their own machine shop to drill the holes.  The "Corvette" script is officially GM licensed.
 
I got my covers in one week.  I was very pleased.


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1/15/11 3:56pm - Reply: 'Valve Cover Gaskets'
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Hey Chuck those look really nice..are they the cast aluminum? I may look into those..
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1/15/11 4:56pm - Reply: 'Valve Cover Gaskets'
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Yes, they are.
  • Strong sand-cast aluminum construction
  • Thick side walls and gasket flanges that will not bend when bolts are tightened
  • Cast-in internal baffles
  • Mounting hardware included

They seem to be very high quality to me.  The covers, drilling the 2 holes, the 2 grommets, and shipping cost me a total of $333.  I didn't think that was too bad - especially when I saw some for as much as $500, elsewhere.



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1/21/11 12:02pm - Reply: 'Valve Cover Gaskets'
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What is the web site to get these?

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1/21/11 12:28pm - Reply: 'Valve Cover Gaskets'
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PML Your Covers.com is the website.  I have pasted the following link to the covers I ordered.
 
 
Like I said, I was impressed with their service.


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1/21/11 4:37pm - Reply: 'Valve Cover Gaskets'
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Those are nice, i looked at the pdf file and the PCV on the side looks good I am not sure I could but maybe a group buy for C3VR if many are interested

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1/21/11 5:33pm - Reply: 'Valve Cover Gaskets'
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My only question is are the pvc valve and filler holes in the stock location? Can't tell from the pictures.     
 
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1/22/11 7:54am - Reply: 'Valve Cover Gaskets'
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this file shows the side location http://www.yourcovers.com/valve_cover_images/11026_holes.pdf
this is the other info for pcv

PCV, Breather, and Oil Fill:

These small block Corvette valve covers have baffles cast-in as shown in image at left. These covers do not include holes for PCV, oil fill or breathers. For engines that require PCV, oil fill or breather on the valve cover, PML designed the casting to be thicker on the intake manifold side below the C where baffle is located. This area can machined with a hole. PML has a machined shop and can machine holes for $40 per hole, and holes and be either 1" or 1.22" in diameter. Please call to order if you would like PML to machine a hole for you.



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1/22/11 8:24am - Reply: 'Valve Cover Gaskets'
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Yes, the pcv valve and the breather holes are in the correct locations.  For my '80 that means the pcv vale hole is in the front on the left side and the breather hole is near the fire wall on the right side.  You can use either hole for the tradional oil filler hole.

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1/22/11 10:13am - Reply: 'Valve Cover Gaskets'
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I am kinda a ol school guy so I still like and use FelPro cork gaskets with Indian Head Copper Metallic gasket sealer.

Like the fellas mentioned dry is the key. I like to take a rag and spray brake cleaner on it. Then rub the head surface and cover bottom in the area the cover is gonna seat on.

It werks for me.... No runs... No Drips... No Errors....

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