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guys,

im looking for some nice chrome reproduction valve covers for my big block.

as you know, the left side must be slanted in the back so i can remove the cover without removing the wiper motor. i have a solid cam, so ill need easy access.

also, i DONT have power brakes so ill need them with the "corner" still there.

anyone find any like this??

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You have been mis-informed.

Camaros did not use the LH cover with the flattened end. I believe that was mid-year Corvette with power brakes.

The reason for the interference with the wiper motor ('67) I suspect, is the engine is installed on small-block frame brackets. Mounted on the correct brackets & crossmember there is enough clearance with the factory covers.
 

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hmmm well, i have my number matching 396/325 engine in the car right now and the original valve covers have the slant in the back for wiper motor clearance.

they are also not cut on the corner because i dont have power brakes.

im 99% sure this is exactly how the car left the factory.

on my 468, id like to have the same look. ill use the big block mounts, but want that slanted back just like the originals.

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I have my numbers matching 396/325 hp sitting in the corner of my garage on a dolly, no slant on the valve cover. I know it's original because we've owned the car since new.

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must be a 67 manual disk brake thing then... cause i have non power disc brakes (no booster) which wouldnt require the corner chop... but its still a big block and would need the slant to clear the wiper.

maybe the corner chop for the power brakes would be enough to clear

but mine are the original covers and the left side has a slant to it.

ive heard of other cars like this, so im not the only one.

im not trying to debate originality, im just trying to find another set that look like mine for my new motor.

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hey i have a 68 with power disk, bb with correct frame mounts and i have enough clearence to get the valve covers off and i have the chrome gm performance parts chevrolet embosed tall covers and they come off with ease, i do however have a 8 inch mini booster!! how do i put a pic in my reply??? i have a few pics of it
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I have a 454 with tall covers (the chrome with embossed "chevrolet") and no clearance problems, correct big block mounts, manual brakes.
 

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JKS,

My car is a 69 ss/rs 396/325, 400th with the original engine, intake, exhaust, carb, ac, pb,ps, air cleaner and valve covers, etc... Leading authority says that the engine has never been out of the car. My drivers side valve cover is slanted in the back by the firewall. I'd have to look to see if there is a corner cut off as im not sure what to look for.

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those ebay valve coversare for power brakes. the corner is chopped off to clear the power brake booster.

pony. you have power brakes huh? hmmmm i wonder what would determine whether or not one got the slanted covers...

anyone else with the slanted covers, id love to hear from you!!

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I have 68 Camaro BB 396/325 with power brakes. The back of the left side valve cover is slanted. I do not know what you mean by corner chopped. Is the corner chopped completely or is it an indentation at the rear upper left corner?

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The covers pictured in the ebay ad are as advertised, Corvette covers. 1st gen bb Camaros did not use the LH cover with the flattened corner.

We (CRG) did a tech analysis on bb Camaro covers some time ago. There are subtle differences between years particularly with the LH cover.
 

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I think we are discussing two different things with one description. My original BB valve covers on my 69 ss 396/325 DO have about a 60 degree slant on the driver's side cover in the rear. It is uniform across the whole valve cover.
The covers I thought we were questioning are the incorrect type with the the corner cut off as in the ebay item mentioned above. I hope this clears up something or maybe I'm just all hosed up.


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the 60 degree slant is the best way to describe what im looking for.

the "chopped corner" for the power brake booster clearance could be seen if you are hovering over your car looking down on top of the engine.

with power brakes, you would see a chopped corner off of the back outside corner of the left valve cover.

if you dont have power brakes, you wouldnt see a chopped corner.

the slant im talking about is visible from the side of the car. you wouldnt be able to see the slant if you hovered over the car.

the slant runs the full width of the rear of the left valve cover and is there to help clear the wiper motor.

sorry for the confusion.

if anyone knows where i can get a repop set of these covers, that would be great

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Boy, I'm really confused now! I thought there were only 2 types of valve covers. One set is just the plain low profile with uniform rounded top and the other set is just like the ones shown in the ebay picture. Does anyone have pictures of the different styles. I need to figure this out for my 68 BB with power disc brakes, correct frame mounts.

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In the span of the factory-installed BB 1965-1974 there are a bunch of them.

There are a few broad categories: twist-on oil fill cap '65-70; push-in rubber '71-'74.
Mechanical lifter engines used covers with rocker-ball oilers, refered to as "dripper covers", the spot welds are visible.

67-69 Camaro bb covers have subtle differences. The RH covers are mostly the same (dripper & non-dripper) with the rare exception of '67 CA cars with A.I.R. These have a welded-on bracket to mount part of the system. LH covers vary in where the clips for the temp sending unit wire is positioned. '67 is inside top; '68s may not have one; '69s have the clip outside middle. I believe '69 LH covers have a "bump" top rear, purpose unknown. Some or all LH covers have a far more sharply angled right end, the left end is almost vertical. As far as I know all Camaro covers are chrome. Chrome covers used silver gaskets.

The LH cover with the sharply angled off lower rear corner is exclusively Corvette; Camaros do not need it. I believe all '65-'67 Corvette covers were painted.

I'm sure other car lines had other differences, one being the positioning of the plug wire separator brackets.
 

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im not sure what you mean by the sharply angled off lower rear corner. is that the "60 degree slant" or the "chopped corner"?

can you clarify? thanks
 

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I'm researching my valve covers and came across this thread in a search. My '67 RS/SS 396/325hp has the "slant back" cover on the drivers side. The car came with manual disc brakes up front. Although I am not the original owner, I knew the second owner that had the car amost since new. Do the valve covers have a date stamp somewhere?

Has there been a concensus reached by the Senior Techs and what does CRG have to say? Do the valve covers have a date stamp somewhere? My one cover was damaged by the careless mechanic that pulled the motor. I'm not sure if it could be pounded out and replated to be nice again. I was contemplating repops, and now I'm unsure what to do.

What's the latest on the "slant back" issue? Mine has it and I say it's stock.

Thanks all,
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Brian,
In 67 the booster was not the main problem it was the wiper motor. Thus the redesign and new placement in 68 of the wiper motor.
No date codes.
Go to CRG and do a search for BB valve covers. You should find what you are looking for.
The exception being the 67 325 w/wo slanted LH rear cover. I can understand the slanted cover on the 375 but why design a rounded cover for the 325 and then put a slanted cover on some of them. Unless it was a vendor supply thing.
 
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