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Old 03-16-2009, 06:24 AM
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What have any of you guys found for nice looking aftermarket valve covers ?? I am getting tired of the stock, sheet metal ones.

One of the ways Ford appears to have saved money in going from the 55-57 2 seater to the Squarebird was on the valve covers...

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Old 03-16-2009, 02:03 PM
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That oil fill cap was on Rose when I bought her. I never checked into why it was like that. I suspected that in the past there might have been a hose hooked up to it, but there wasn't when I got her.
Ray,

Here- http://www.sacramento-mustang.com/sm/catalog/engoil.pdf

...You will find oil fill caps listed. To be period correct (IMO), you need C2SZ 6766-A (N2). It has the enclosed filter for the road draft system and needs to be cleaned/serviced with every oil change.

Also, if the HI-PO Air Cleaner is 14", a FORD filter will make the engine look more period correct (62/64 BIRD Brite Finish in this case).

http://www.mustangdepot.com/OnLineCa...r_cleaners.htm

Scroll down until you come to B7SZ 9601-A. It is concourse and is the correct color for the application.
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Old 03-16-2009, 02:56 PM
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Hi Gary,

Thank you very much for the information. I will look into getting the appropriate oil cap today, along with the Edelbrock fuel inlet tube. My gas line is not actually sitting on the valve covers, or the engine. It is running across the spark plug lines though, and is elevated as it circles around behind the carb to keep it off the block. However, I like the idea of shortening that run, and cutting back on any possible fire hazard. I will probably still have to run a short piece of tubing around the front of the carb to hook to that metal tube though. The Edelbrock tech said that I should be able to find some other metal tubing that I can run between the fuel pump and their inlet tube and cut out most of the hose all together. To do that, I probably would have to take out my gauge and the see through filter. I like having them both in the line so I can see what is happening with gas flow. Or I could find a piece of metal tubing and run it up to the gauge, and shorten the hose between the filter and the gauge some.

Thanks for the information on air filter replacements. Speaking of that, I have had the original air filter assembly sitting in the trunk all this time, painted Casino Cream like the rest of the car. It needs to be repainted because it has seen some wear. I have been thinking of having it chromed, and replace that chromed after market air filter holder. I think I will do that and at least get the original one back on the car.

Thank for the suggestions. By the way, I am still upset with myself that I forgot to ask you for your phone number last year when I went to visit my oldest brother for his 80th birthday party! I had meant to do that, as I wanted to at least get to talk with you, and if possible, meet you. I dont know when I will be making that trip again.
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Looks great Ray, but as usual I have found something to pick apart...

I am assuming you are running the origional road draft tube and if so, the oil fill cap is not correct. I see a plastic nipple sticking out and this is an inlet fitting for an inlet tube coming from the air cleaner on a closed PCV System. The open system (and road draft) uses a cap with a filter media in the cap. If the air cleaner base has a knockout and plastic adaptor fro a hose attachment, you could use it that way. The way it is setup now is the crankcase ingesting unfiltered fresh air.

Also, EDLEBROCK make a fuel inlet tube that does not require you to run that rubber fuel hose all over the engine (fire hazard).



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Yep I am running that edelbrock piece on my 58 along with a hard line up so my rubber fuel line is very short. FWIW, that line isn't cheap, I think the one I just bought for the 64 cost me $30.

I also have chrome covers that say edelbrock on them along with an air cleaner that has edelbrock on it also. It all came with the 390 I bought off craigslist
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Old 03-16-2009, 06:01 PM
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Thank you very much for the information. I will look into getting the appropriate oil cap today, along with the Edelbrock fuel inlet tube.
This is a 1964 circa dress-up kit-



So what you have done is tasteful (to me).

This is a detailed 59 BIRD 352. I believe it was Alexanders. Beautiful detail work. You will see he has an inlet hose from the oil filler cap to the cleaner asm. I am pretty sure he did the PCV upgrade as shown on the TECH PAGE.

Do you see as how something as simple as the wrong radiator fill cap distracts from the final appearance? It nmeeds the brite finish AUTOLITE cap to set it off fully (IMO)



Here is a detailed EDSEL 361CI-




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My gas line is not actually sitting on the valve covers, or the engine. It is running across the spark plug lines though, and is elevated as it circles around behind the carb to keep it off the block. However, I like the idea of shortening that run, and cutting back on any possible fire hazard. I will probably still have to run a short piece of tubing around the front of the carb to hook to that metal tube though. The Edelbrock tech said that I should be able to find some other metal tubing that I can run between the fuel pump and their inlet tube and cut out most of the hose all together. To do that, I probably would have to take out my gauge and the see through filter. I like having them both in the line so I can see what is happening with gas flow. Or I could find a piece of metal tubing and run it up to the gauge, and shorten the hose between the filter and the gauge some.
I would suggest as did the TECH GUY that you run steel tubing from the mechanical pump to the new inlet tube. The photo shows a barbed fitting, but you can also buy a fitting to accept a line fitting or an inline fuel filter actually. I never liked the see throughs as they are plastic and subject to heat damage.





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I quite like those no name finned valve covers. Looks like I will have to swing by El Cajon whilst in San Diego...love speed shops, and Penelope might get some dress up bits!
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Hi Gary,

Thanks for the postings! That is a really nice looking engine bay! I think you are right about it being Alexander's. I really like the looks of the original air filter housing chromed. I am going to get it out of the trunk, chrome it, and put it to use. Chroming costs here, compared to other parts of the country, such as California, is not bad at all, as far as I am concerned. I think Bart feels the same way. I dont think chromers in this state have to contend with the very strict CA laws that CA chromers have to. Although, talking with my chromer, it is getting tougher and tougher to run a chroming business in this state also.

I did buy the Edelbrock fuel line this afternoon. It was a lot more than the $15 the Edelbrock tech thought it was! More like $41! But I bought it as a safety measure. A metal gas line will be fitted to the end of it and run over to the gauge and filter. I tried to buy the appropriate oil cap also, but they did not have any in stock. I know where one is, but I am going to check a couple of other parts places close by that I did not hit today.

Once again, thanks for the pix! I really like the looks of that. Shoot me your phone number in a PM. I had a great talk with SandyBoy the other day on the phone!
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