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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old Mar 27th, 10, 09:35 PM Thread Starter
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Valve cover spreader question??

i just bought new aluminum GM performance valve covers. Would you recommend just using the washer and nut to hold them down?

Spreaders? Ive heard the tern "no load spreaders" , what are these???

my valve covers one one side are a bit raised so a flat spreader will not lay flat along the valve cover. Any advise will be appreciated. thanks
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Re: valve cover spreader question??

For a cast aluminum or billet cover, they are not necessary.

They do work well for stamped steel or aluminum covers.
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Re: valve cover spreader question??

Go to your local hardware and buy Allen Head Bolts for Valve cover Bolts. Just make sure the Threads are correct and cut them to length - Nothing Beats them for FAST access.

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except these... no tools required.

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Re: Valve cover spreader question??

Lonnie: What Water Pump are you running on that Engine? Looks like a Short Pump but the Heater Hoses on mine and others I've seen are clocked at 12 O'Clock.

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Go to your local hardware and buy Allen Head Bolts for Valve cover Bolts. Just make sure the Threads are correct and cut them to length - Nothing Beats them for FAST access.
except studs.. studs are the way to go, they make it so easy to line up the valve cover when putting it on.

you don't plan sincerity.
you have to make it up on the spot.

wanna hear about 20 years ago when i was too smart to know any better?
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Lonnie: What Water Pump are you running on that Engine? Looks like a Short Pump but the Heater Hoses on mine and others I've seen are clocked at 12 O'Clock.
It is a short pump. I bought a new one when I did the motor in '91. It matched the one I removed, so I never thought about it.
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Go to your local hardware and buy Allen Head Bolts for Valve cover Bolts. Just make sure the Threads are correct and cut them to length - Nothing Beats them for FAST access.
Curious - how fast is that? Not trying to be a smart ***, but why is a socket head capscrew faster than a hex head bolt? I've never been in a huge hurry to remove my valve covers. That statement just struck me as curious - no offense intended.


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Re: Valve cover spreader question??

My right cover comes off real fast, probably in less than a minute (if I didn't take the time to lay all the parts on a towel so they didn't get scratched), but the left takes a while because the wiper motor needs loosened first.

Actually I like mine because there are no little parts to drop on the motor, those little 1/4" bolts are not fun to get out of the nooks & crannies of the intake, when they slip out of your fingers.
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why is a socket head capscrew faster than a hex head bolt?
Allen Head is neither and does not use Sockets which tend to slow the operation. Actually it's the same size of Allen Head I use for Tapped Adjustment.



Allen Bolts are handy access for installing Intake Manifolds and Transmissions.


Note them for Mounting the Donovan Cam Gear Drive or Timing Chain Cover.


I use them where ever access is tight - In the long run, it can save you from Stripping Bolt Heads and they look neater.

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