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Old 12-20-2007, 05:06 PM
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Question Valve Cover Bolts -- Which Ones ?

I have two different style valve cover bolts and need to change to the correct ones.

Some of them are plain bolts with a lock washer.

Some of them are Flange Bolts, without a lock washer.

Which ones are correct?

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Old 12-20-2007, 05:59 PM
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The original valve cover bolts are hex head with a round recess on the head marked "B" in the center. They have an integral split washer.
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I have only a few of the original ones (with the split washer).

Is there anywhere to get more of those? They don't have to have the B in the center. I've tried the vendors, and done a few Google searches with no results.
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They should have a letter in the center recess. Dirt often obscure the letter.
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Here is a picture of the correct bolt:

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Alexander:

Is there anyone who sells those new?

Or are they only available used?

Thanks for the photo.
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These were special Ford specification bolts. They are not reproduced as far as I know. Bob's Bird House and Pat Wilson can set you up with used examples. Are any of yours correct?
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Most of mine are like the photo.

I'll see if Bob's Bird House has a few used ones.

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Does anyone make a reinforcement kit like we have for Chevy small blocks? It consists of studs instead of bolts, locknuts AND a bar with a flanged hole in the center to spread the force of the bolt. They won't work on the Ford, because Chevy V/C bolts are 1/4-20.
My rocker covers leak. I've changed the gaskets (cork junk just like early GM). They still leak.
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They make rubber gaskets for FE's. They are less prone to leakage. Straighten out your valve cove flanges before installing. You can use some silicone glue on the bottom half of the flange . Valve covers never leak from the top.
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