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    Question Anyone ever see valve covers like this?

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    No and hopefully I never will again. Why would you have circumference AND center bolted valve covers????? I guess so the "thick wall rocker covers, studs and cylinder head assembly become an integrated unit" as the ad says. That's exactly what I need. I am somewhat surprised that was a product offered by Ford Racing.
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    Interesting, but IMO, not a good idea. Needless additional spots for oil leakage, with no great benifit over a traditional design. Cool for the odd factor, but I'd shelf them on anything BUT a show car.
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    If I understand it correctly, it looks like the point is for the valve cover to act as a rocker stud girdle. Instead of having them as separate pieces. If the valve cover was thick enough in the right areas, it sounds like it could work.




    Then again, I'm just into weird things that others turn up their noses at. If it had ever gotten C.A.R.B EO #s, I would've snatched up a BXR intake in a second.

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    ^^^It doesn't sound like it, that is exactly what the ad says which I quoted. What a terrible idea. So to remove the valve covers, you have to go back and adjust and torque the "girdle". What a joke. i can't imagine why that hasn't caught on......

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    It's not like you have to pull valve covers every two days or anything. On a fuel injected intake you have to take almost the whole motor apart to get at the valve covers.
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    Yup, the sold down here as SVO Motorsport Stud Girdled Valve covers for Canted Valve 335 heads.

    Most saw duty in DeTomasos by the Toy Shop, the SVO A3 headed Hedley Offroad Bronco which took out the Aussie Outback racing in the late 80's and early 90's.

    but the most impressive (for me) were in Mark Dall'Acqua's rides

    Epic integrated rocker toppers...


    Been seen in four landmark GMC blown Cleveland 351 block Fords...
    a Red XT 1969 Falcon GT in 1986
    a Gold XT GT 1967 Falcon in 1988,

    and the Red
    and the Green versions of these awesome Mark II RS 5800 Escorts (a Pinto engined RS2000 Escort with a "Proper Engine Transplant")


    ICV351 (red c.2010)) and DMT351 (Green, 1996-date)


    Summernats Burnout Hall of Fame-er Mark Dall'Acqua (M.D. Conversions, 4/12 Forge St, Blacktown New South Wales 2148, Australia Phone: +61 2 9671 7508 ) Hampton Blowered 351c with those rocker covers

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KwcmY1MD6oE
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ls_yKUeinxU
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1iapdW-iC0
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xuXvZJ9a814

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    Ford Motorsport had a 84-85 thunderbird with a 351C and those valve covers when they were in production. It was black with 8 hole centerlines on it. I saw it at Englishtown Back in the day.

    The BXR did not get CARB approved? I know it was EPA tested for it.

    Mike
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