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bfinley 12-03-2010 06:33 PM

valve covers?
 
I would like to make my engine bay alittle nicer to look at. I want a set of chrome or polished valve covers and im just goin to put a filter on the valve cover for the crank case. Where can i get some besides mopar? Does this 318 have the same valve cover bolt patern as the old ones. I dont mind taping the valve cover with a uni bit for the egr valve. Do i have to have year specific valve covers or just ones for a 318?

WORCSracing553 12-04-2010 01:13 AM

All the valve covers for the 318s are the same, as long as its new enough to be a magnum (1992 and up)....and if you want to find some nice chrome ones, id check edelbrock

bfinley 12-04-2010 07:07 AM

why would magnum make a difference? Different valve cover bolt pattern? Older ones not tall enough for the rockers?

RamTech 12-04-2010 08:59 AM

I'm pretty sure they're all the same. BTW, that's the PCV system, not the EGR that goes into the valve cover.

WORCSracing553 12-04-2010 11:47 AM

Im not 100% sure if the magnum has different valve covers, but the motor underwent some pretty big changes when they turned it into a magnum....i just know for a fact that 1992 and up are all the same

Okiespaniels 12-09-2010 12:02 PM

Early "LA" engines have a few less valve cover bolts than the magnum motors do, and if you install a set of early covers on a magnum, you'll soon find out why they were changed, because they'll leak. It's not a matter of if, but when.
While no one makes a set of chrome covers for a magnum, a GOOD chromer could do them for. A decent chrome job will still cost you around 100 bucks but that's still a bit less than the cheapest polished aluminum covers

bfinley 12-10-2010 10:14 PM

so basically i could buy the early 318 valve covers and drill for the magnum bolts

Okiespaniels 12-11-2010 12:28 AM

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Originally Posted by bfinley (Post 378762)
so basically i could buy the early 318 valve covers and drill for the magnum bolts

I'm trying to visualise that and without the stamped in indents to clear the bolt heads I don't believe that would work. IMO it would look pretty hokey. Or very obvious.

Wth, try it anyway and if you ruin the valve covers, you'll learn a valuble lesson. If it works, we'll learn something.

panhead 12-18-2010 12:47 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bfinley (Post 378762)
so basically i could buy the early 318 valve covers and drill for the magnum bolts


Nope. Still won't work. The LA's used 3 bolts on both side of the valve covers (6) while the Magnum uses 5 bolts on each side (10).


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