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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old Apr 6th, 04, 02:36 PM Thread Starter
 
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I want to run some Cal Custom finned aluminum, low style, valve covers for that retro look, but don't know if they will clear my power brake booster. I have seen the chromed sheet metal ones with the angled off rear corner but I don't like the look as well. I am sure others have had the same challenge, what are my options?

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old Apr 6th, 04, 05:46 PM
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The angled corner are often used on b/b camaro, but they are incorrect. The originals did not have the angle, and the issue is not the booster, but ratherm the wiper motor. The back end next to the firewall is slanted more on the driver side valve cover. There's a little bump-out on the inside back at the top. The bubm-out is about the size of the first joint of your pinky finger.
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Do I have any choice in the matter? What I mean is, if one has a BB do you need to use the angled covers or is there another option?

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Are you talking about this kind of valve covers?



I have them on my 69 and they fit barely. Note that my engine have the smallblock engine mounts so it sits even narrower to the brake booster than it should.

To remove them I have to push the booster some, one of the bolt holes on the cover is grinded some for clearance.

It is tight but possible.


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Yes they are similar to the ones on the picture. Do you have a shot of the other side showing the clearances? What is the deal with smallblock mounts on a big block?

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Sorry, this is the best picture I have.

But there is clearance with these covers, it is just hard to remove them.

Big blocks in a first gen Camaro has different motor mounts that moves the engine 1 inch towards the passenger side. One of the reasons Chevrolet did this was just the clearance between the valve covers and the brake booster.

I am at the moment redoing this so my car will have the proper mounts. Since it is a Z/28 I have the wrong mounts for a Big Block.

There are a few other items to consider when moving the engine 1 inch to the right.

You need the Big block heater element and cover.
You need the Big block clutch Z-bar
There is another crossmember for the trans.
If you have a manual trans you need to move the stick back one inch. A spacer can fix it.
And of course the mounts for the engine to the frame.


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I agree with everything except the part about moving the shifter back 1". The shifter comes through the tunnel at the same spot whether b/b or s/b.
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http://f1.pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/phe...Sep13%2312.jpg Here is a link to my covers, very similar. I have an 8" booster on there so you have to figure the difference to a stock booster.

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