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Center Bolt Valve Cover Gasket Problem

 
Lone-Shark Lone-Shark
New User | Posts: 46 | Joined: 10/09
Posted: 10/15/12
07:35 PM

Hey guys, I just bought some new aftermarket valve covers for my aftermarket aluminum heads, they're the tall, finned, aluminum valve covers, but I've ran into a big problem, I can't find any valve cover gaskets for them, all of the valve cover gaskets that I've found are too small/short, does anyone no any Fel-Pro or Mr. Gasket part numbers that will work? Surely someone would make valve covers that aren't going to have the proper gaskets available for them, right? Below is a link of the valve covers I purchased.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/SBC-CHEVY-TALL-ALUMINUM-VALVE-COVERS-CENTER-BOLT-FINNED-WPM-VC-501-6-/200765495507?hash=item2ebe8e58d3&item=200765495507&pt=Motors_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories&vxp=mtr  

pepsi1 pepsi1
Guru | Posts: 1718 | Joined: 09/11
Posted: 10/15/12
10:17 PM

Lone Shark

you need valve cover gaskets for 1987-1996 Vortec Heads

Jegs P/N 375-1648

Bob  

Lone-Shark Lone-Shark
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Posted: 10/16/12
07:15 AM

So those don't have to be stretched or anything?  

68scott385 68scott385
Guru | Posts: 1990 | Joined: 10/09
Posted: 10/16/12
07:44 AM

buy the gaskets for the model/year of heads you have...end of problem  
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pepsi1 pepsi1
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Posted: 10/16/12
02:12 PM

Lone Shark
  You should not have to stretch them.  You need to know that they are for a Vortec style head and valve cover

Bob  

Lone-Shark Lone-Shark
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Posted: 10/17/12
10:37 AM

@ Scott - I've looked at every gasket offered for Vortec and non-Vortec style heads, and all of them are still too small.

@ Pepsi - It looks like they're all still the same.  

68scott385 68scott385
Guru | Posts: 1990 | Joined: 10/09
Posted: 10/17/12
10:51 AM

how small? 1/8" 1/2" picture would explain a lot  
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Lone-Shark Lone-Shark
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Posted: 10/17/12
11:36 AM

Probably closer to 1/2", I'd post a picture, but I've already taken back the other gaskets.  

68scott385 68scott385
Guru | Posts: 1990 | Joined: 10/09
Posted: 10/17/12
01:03 PM

do the gasket fit the heads but not the valve covers?  
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76Skylark 76Skylark
Guru | Posts: 853 | Joined: 12/11
Posted: 10/17/12
01:27 PM

So how do they(VC) look sitting on the head? without Gaskets, does the top of the head fit in the gasket area? I have had to stretch lots of them but not a 1/2 inch and that is mostly cork if they are the rubber type maybe soak them in hot water?  

76Skylark 76Skylark
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Posted: 10/17/12
01:32 PM

did they offer gaskets when you bought them?  

68scott385 68scott385
Guru | Posts: 1990 | Joined: 10/09
Posted: 10/17/12
04:56 PM

Good idea 'Lark. Ask the place you bought them what gasket they suggest using.  
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redneckjoe69 redneckjoe69
Addict | Posts: 2337 | Joined: 03/10
Posted: 10/18/12
12:52 AM

i bought some aftermarket, aluminum valvecovers, for centerbolt heads a few years ago.  i used some orange rubber gaskets that had to be slightly stretched.   it was no big deal.   i put some rtv silicone on the valvecovers, stretched the gasket into place, and used a few clothes pins to hold them in place.
   do your valvecovers have the inner rib, on both ends, that you can stretch the gasket around?  

pepsi1 pepsi1
Guru | Posts: 1718 | Joined: 09/11
Posted: 10/18/12
05:29 PM

Geez Lone Shark. I don't know what to say.I order kits and never have a problem. I'mConfused

Bob  

74t56nova 74t56nova
New User | Posts: 5 | Joined: 10/12
Posted: 10/22/12
05:12 PM

just had this problem this summer....try Fel Pro VS 50088 R...   these need to be stretched!!!...i thought they were way too small when i got them but i stretched them by hand (like a rubber band),dont over do it!! put a little rtv black on the valve cover surface to keep them in place,  let it dry 15 min, then put them on...no problems or leaks...  

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