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Old Feb 12th, 06, 9:31 PM
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Default Original 1969 396 Valve covers

Hey guys, I've been trying to find those original 1969 valve covers that have the notch in the back of the driver side valve cover. There is an auction on ebay where a guy is advertising them as 1969, and it has the notch. The problem is that the notched valve cover doesn't look like it has any wire loom stands and there is an extra hole where one of the stands should be. I'm new to this and can't figure out what the second hole would be for, not for the life of me. I'm guessing these are not the correct ones, unless it has something to do with smog?
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Old Feb 12th, 06, 9:41 PM
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Picture or auction link?
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Old Feb 12th, 06, 9:50 PM
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Those "notched" corners are not correct for 69 BB Chevelles.

Mr. Rose (above) and myself have just spent a couple of months doing research on these valve covers, his being a 68 BB and mine a 69 BB. There are many reproduction valve covers on the market that are advertised as "correct" for about $100 - $125. Yes, they are mostly accurate with a few exceptions. Yes, they will work and look good. However, if you want to be totally correct, there is only one manufacturer of the correct 69 BB Chevelle valve covers. That company is Cranes Corvette. For 69, they are the only ones that produce the cover with the "clip" on the driver's side for the temperature sending wire. Their website is a little confusing, but you will get the picture of how precise they make them. If you want a set be prepared to pay big, BIG bucks.

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Old Feb 12th, 06, 10:36 PM
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Here is the "so called" correct original 1969 valve covers. The notch I am talking about is on the rear of the driver valve cover http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...MEDW%3AIT&rd=1

This is the other, still on going auction. It looks like there is still the notch in these, but they have an extra "hole" in the driver's side. http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1969-...QQcmdZViewItem
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Old Feb 12th, 06, 11:20 PM
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Obviously the notches I was referring to are different than the ones you were referring to. I was talking about the indented angle at the rear of the driver's side for brake booster.

From those two links the passenger's side appear fairly correct, but not so the driver's side. Unless I'm missing something.
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Old Feb 12th, 06, 11:35 PM
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you mean the driver's in both are incorrect or just the second one? As well, I took a look at the site you posted, and it mentions that up to 67 had the "smashed in corner" while 68 and 69 had only a small indentation. I have a pair a orange covers with the small indentation at the rear, they have drippers and baffles, as well as all the stands. These would not be correct for a chevelle would it? Seems all the chevelles have chrome covers. Perhaps for a camaro? Thanks
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Old Feb 12th, 06, 11:47 PM
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Here is a shot of the Crane vc's I just got for my 68. The temp wire clip is not used in 68. Other than that, they are the same as 69's...
The vc's in the first Ebay ad look right. The other ones don't, although it's hard to tell with the bad pictures.
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Old Feb 13th, 06, 1:13 AM
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Bill,

Those valve covers look like fine jewelry!!!

For Daytona SS, the pictures of the auctions don't give enough detail to tell if they are exactly correct. Myself, Bill and Don have bought the Crane covers and as far as I know, these are the best things going if you want correctness and quality. Buying used ones will most certainly have to be replated for show and that will be expensive and results will vary.

You can get the 69 Crane BB valve covers from Modern Chevrolet/Classic Muscle for less than buying them from the manufacturer (Crane). In Bill's case he had to get Crane to delete a clip to make driver's side valve cover correct for 68.

If you want the best and can stomach the price, buy a set of Crane's valve covers. You won't regret the purchase.

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Old Feb 13th, 06, 1:24 AM
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Very satisfied with the Crane's Covers I put on my Chevelle last summer. Fit is great (unlike other cheap repro's), correct draw lines are there, etc and compared identically to an original set of '69's I have (chrome is worn out on those). Main compliant others have expressed is that the chrome is a little nicer than GM flash chrome of 35 years ago - but it looks great!
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Old Feb 13th, 06, 4:04 PM
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The Crane's are pretty nice. The price isn't that bad compared to having worn originals properly redone. On my 68 it ran over $500 to have them restored by Pauls Chrome plating in PA. I chose to have either all NOS or restored original parts on my car, refused any repro.
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Old Feb 13th, 06, 4:19 PM
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My original 1970 BB chrome valve covers were show quality (although not flash rechromed as per the "correct" way) rechromed for a mere $90 + tax about 8 years ago. As you have stated, you like nothing but NOS or restored originals (and I agree with you 100% given the cr@p being manufactured today), but $500 seems like a lot of cash for rechroming valve covers.
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Old Feb 13th, 06, 4:25 PM
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I should have specified that the originals were covered in rust from the car being neglected for years. It was a pretty amazing transformation. Also Pauls chrome plating is a bit pricy to begin with, but the results were worth it.
Nice to see that someone agrees with my opinion of reproduction parts....LOL
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Old Feb 13th, 06, 7:04 PM
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Yeah, I agree as well that the reproductions stuff is garbage. I bought one thing reproduction, it was a tach for my 69 ss, and I paid a small fortune for it since I guess they were the only one who made them. It looks nothing like the original, where the chrome trim is around the speedometer and so forth is gray paint! Ever since that I've tried to get NOS or original parts, however this being my first restoration I wasn't prepared for the prices of some stuff. For example, there is a set of SS center caps on ebay for 380 bucks, would put the auction up but I think it ended earlier on today. I'm trying to do the best job of it since its numbers matching, but being in canada doesn't help for the shipping costs either! If the chrome and painted covers are the same, couldn't I chrome the painted ones to make them correct? I guess the painted ones are for an early 68.
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Old Feb 13th, 06, 9:29 PM
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I stand to be corrected, but I believe the painted ones were more for Corvettes and full size cars. I can't say if they were the same exact formats as the chrome ones.

Those "SS center caps" you are referring to, are they the ones with the "deeper" offset into where the SS emblem is (if you know what I mean)? Most repos do not have that deep offset. However, I have a source for the correct ones if you are indeed interested. Don't know his price, but you can email me if you like and I can give you his name. He runs a Parts business in Illinois. I recently put a large order in with him, including the above Crane covers.

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Old Feb 13th, 06, 9:45 PM
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I stand to be corrected, but I believe the painted ones were more for Corvettes and full size cars. I can't say if they were the same exact formats as the chrome ones.
You are correct Don, no big block 68 Chevelles got painted valve covers.
Painted valve covers started in 71 on big block Chevelles..
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