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Old 03-15-2009, 10:08 AM
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Default Aftermarket Valve Covers (FE) ?

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 03-15-2009, 11:11 AM
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John as you know my 58HT has the original valve covers for originality but I wanted to do something different with the 60HT. While I had it in doing some mechanical and looking at the valve lifters and channels, I decided to dress it up and have the covers & air breather chromed. When they came back they actually looked great while at the same time keeping the original look and not really all that expensive.I agree that there is a big difference on the valve covers from the babybirds to the squarebirds
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Old 03-15-2009, 11:29 AM
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Hi John,

I found a pair of FE 352 valve covers on feeBay that had Thunderbird on them instead of Ford. So I bought them, and had them chromed. They look great, along with my non-original chromed air filter, chromed VR and chromed oil cap. I kept the original ones in case I ever want to put them back on. Yup, I know those valve covers would not get me any points in judging, but I doubt that Rose will ever be a "Trailer Queen" and be judged for originality. They look great to me!
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I'm with you Ray, may not be original but it is easier to keep clean and looks good. A number of attachments on my engine are chromed, some you can see in the attached pictures and others you can't see including the oil pan. I assume that is a fuel pressure gauge sticking out.
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I found a pair of FE 352 valve covers on feeBay that had Thunderbird on them instead of Ford. So I bought them, and had them chromed. They look great, along with my non-original chromed air filter, chromed VR and chromed oil cap.
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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Great info Gary!

I don't think anyone should hate you for useful and additional information.
Very instructive, if you want to do something with it or not. (but that's personal for each owner)
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I don't think anyone should hate you for useful and additional information.
Very instructive, if you want to do something with it or not. (but that's personal for each owner)
I agree 100% - if I posted photos of my car and one of the forum members could see a way of improving it, I would welcome the suggestion.
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Default Aftermarket Valve Covers (FE) ?

Hi Gary,

Thank you for the comments! 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. As far as I know, that is an original road draft tube, but I do not know that for sure. I dont think the air filter base has a knockout for a hose attachment. I will have to check into this when I get her back from the shop. Which might be tomorrow.

Thanks for the information about Edelbrock having a fuel inlet tube to replace that rubber tubing I have running across the engine. That is how she came, and I have not changed that, but now that you have mentioned it, it makes good sense to put the Edelbrock tube on. I have already had one fire, but that was wiring and not from gas.

Yes, Howard, that gauge is measuring the amount of pressure from the fuel pump. I decided to leave it in the line so I could always check it if I wanted or needed to. I was having problems getting enough fuel pressure from my original fuel pump. I was being told that one should have about 10 or so lbs of pressure. I forget the exact figure now. I was getting 2-4. I added the electric fuel pump and now I get a really good reading.
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anyone know of any cast ones?? I see some
chrome plated sheet metal ones on Ebay for $22.

Ray, the Shop Manual should have specs for fuel pressure. I dont have one nearby but 5 psi comes to mind.

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Hi John,

Yes, 5psi sounds correct. I overstated the number because I could not remember it. But I think you are right, without looking at the book. I was getting less than 2, but not anymore! I am surprised that someone is not selling any of the good ones on eBay. But check again. Things change so quickly.
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