: 69 small block valve covers
Mar 23rd, 04, 12:57 AM
I have gutted the engine compartment on my 69 pace car for a good detailing. The valve covers I have on my 350 are not original but are finned aluminum covers from a Z28. I plan to replace them with a set of stock steel covers. Does anyone have a pic of what the correct steel covers are for a 69 pace car? Can these still be purchased new anywhere? Did all stock steel covers use hold downs under each bolt?
Mar 23rd, 04, 02:44 AM
I thought the pace car came with the aluminum valve covers? I'd like to buy some if you want to sell your old ones.
Mar 23rd, 04, 03:51 AM
I think Roger is correct. The 350/300 in the Pace car used the same covers as the Z28. I'm restoring a Pace car now with the original engine and it has them. They are not the polished ones but are more "natural" looking.
Mar 23rd, 04, 04:29 AM
I have been told by several people that 69 pace cars never came with aluminum valve covers. If they did then I will definitely keep them. I'm just trying to make everything correct. Can someone verify this? (Click my link below to see the covers I am referring to.) And yes, I know they are on the wrong sides. Hey, I didn't do it, honest!!
Mar 23rd, 04, 04:54 AM
It's my understanding the small block '69 pace car got steel painted valve covers like any other SS.
Mar 23rd, 04, 05:25 AM
They did get the steel valve covers. Many sets of the finned z28 covers were sold over the counter as an engine dress up.
Mar 23rd, 04, 06:56 AM
Larry, here is a pic of my SS 350 engine. Fuel filter is not correct though, cause this motor is temporarily transplanted in my 327 car. But you can see the valve covers.
Mar 23rd, 04, 07:22 AM
Ahh yes...I remember way back in 1969, looking around at Camaros at a local Chevy dealer....
I remember that all the small-block - non-Z cars had nothing but stamped steel covers.
No matter if it was a Chevelle, Impala, Nova...whatever it had the stamped steel covers...
Only the Z28's (and most-likely the Vette's...I never looked at them---something I could never afford in the first place), had the dull aluminum finned covers.
A lot of folks back them were scampering-up the finned covers over-the-counter or at junk yards.
Also, MacNeish's book eludes to this fact also...
I must admit though that my ss350 has the finned covers...
I have the original stamped steel ones but the darn motor looks so good with the finned ones, I just can't get myself to replace them......
Plus....the judges like'em too......
Mar 23rd, 04, 10:50 AM
L-46 350/350 Corvette and Z/28 only for 1969. smile.gif
Mar 23rd, 04, 03:40 PM
According to MacNiesh's book, '69 SS350 Camaros could be ordered with finned aluminum valve covers if the customer ordered the special engine decor package.
For reference, see page 81, The Definitive 1969 Camaro Z/28-SS396 Fact book.
Mar 23rd, 04, 04:52 PM
My new revised 2nd edition version of that book says on page 81 "1969 SS350 Camaros were never available with the finned aluminum Z/28 style valve covers. The SS350 engine was equipped with standard steel covers painted Chevrolet orange."
Jerry must have changed the book at some time along the way.
Mar 23rd, 04, 05:04 PM
Looks like I just got a great excuse to go buy the newer edition!
Mar 24th, 04, 02:21 AM
Looks to be very definitive that my aluminum valve covers are not original. So can anyone suggest a good place to buy a new set of steel ones? Does anyone have a good set of used ones they want to sell? If so, send me an email.
Mar 24th, 04, 09:42 AM
Originally posted by Indy Z11:
Did all stock steel covers use hold downs under each bolt? Yup - there was a little trapezoid-shaped steel separate reinforcement used under each bolt head to spread the load. graemlins/thumbsup.gif
Mar 25th, 04, 02:00 AM
Whats the name of the book you guys are referring to?
Mar 25th, 04, 05:13 AM
The book they are referring to is;
The "Definitive 1969 Camaro Z/28-SS396 Fact Book"
by: Jerry MacNeish
NorVaJak Research and Publications
It is available from most large book retails (Borders - etc.) and almost all of the Camaro Parts suppliers.
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Mar 26th, 04, 11:13 AM
So the pair of them I have with remains of the 300 horspower stickers on them were probably off of a corvette?
Mar 26th, 04, 11:20 AM
No way to tell what they were on originaly. Z/28 or Vette or service replacement.
If they have a sticker that says 300 HP, I doubt it is original.
Mar 26th, 04, 11:38 AM
Mark, the stickers (or what's left of them) sure look original and I know that the 350/300hp was the base engine for the vettes. I'll do a little research and see what I can find out. Thanks, Ted
Mar 26th, 04, 11:40 AM
Ted are these alum or steel?
Mar 26th, 04, 11:42 AM
They're aluminum like the Z and small block vettes had.
Mar 26th, 04, 02:24 PM
the link for it is here.
Mar 26th, 04, 02:56 PM
Here's a pic of Ted's valve covers...
Ted do they have drippers?
Mar 26th, 04, 03:18 PM
Sure looks like steel valve cover stickers on finned valve covers. Did GM ever put stickers on finned valve covers? :confused:
Mar 27th, 04, 01:58 AM
Dennis, yes they do have drippers. I took them off of a 69 pace car a number of years back.
Mar 27th, 04, 05:30 AM
Those stickers look like the type that went on steel valve covers. I have never seen them on that style valve cover before. I would say they are not original to those covers.