Saturday, January 9, 2016

New Edelbrock Valve Covers and Pro-Flo Air Cleaner

Cheap parts end up costing a whole bunch of money at the end, when you finally come to your senses and purchase the products you should've bought in the first place.

The valve covers were no exception as I learned (again) that off-brand stuff is not worth the money, time or effort.

Even though they looked nice and appeared to be built properly, the aftermarket valve covers I got from an eBay seller were not sealing properly. This meant going through three sets of valve cover gaskets, with the last one being thick cork-material gaskets. Nothing prevented a small amount of oil from finding its way out of the engine, down the rear part of the block (which led me to believe the main seal was to blame), and onto my garage floor.

Aside of that, the nice polished finish started to corrode and there was no way to stop that, short of taking the covers off the motor, polishing them, then spraying clear in order to protect them. That was way more time and money I was willing to devote to such a project.






The solution? Order a new set of Edelbrock Elite II valve covers from Summit Racing. And while I was at it, I went ahead and ordered a new set of nice and thick valve cover gaskets also made by Edelbrock.





As the photos above show, the quality of these valve covers is top shelf, and fortunately, the cover breathers I had, fit nice and snugly so I was able to reuse them.

To make sure the valve cover gaskets were properly installed, I sprayed 3M 80 adhesive to the side of the gasket that would be in contact with the valve cover. I also made sure the gasket was fully seated since it is a tight fit. And I also cleaned the lip on the heads to ensure there would be a proper seal.

And here's another pic of the motor with all the new Edelbrock components installed, including the Pro-Flo Series air cleaner. I decided to go with this one because of looks and also due to air-cleaner-to-hood clearance concerns.

At some point in the future I plan to go with an L-88-style hood which will give far more room in case I want to install a larger air cleaner, but for now this one will do. I also happen to think that it looks great.