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Old 07-12-2006, 03:30 PM   #1
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So I'm looking for some aftermarket valve covers for my 01, so I was looking online and didn't find any for our 00+ bonnevilles, however I did find them for a 01-02 buick regal Ls with the 3800. What do you think. Will these work?
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Someone around here is making aluminum covers... do a search.
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Someone around here is making aluminum covers... do a search.
You know I saw those and I didn't like the weld. But the ones I saw were from Edelbrock and they are chrome. Just wanted to see if they might fit. If not I may see about either getting mine powder coated or chromed.

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Someone around here is making aluminum covers... do a search.
You know I saw those and I didn't like the weld. But the ones I saw were from Edelbrock and they are chrome. Just wanted to see if they might fit. If not I may see about either getting mine powder coated or chromed.

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Did the ones from edelbrock look like this? If so, they will not work as this is a 3.8 with the 3 bolts through the top of the cover.

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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder...

That welded style of valve cover is all the rage in the super-custom engines you see lately. You know, the ones putting out 700-1500 HP and costing as much as your car did new.
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That welded style of valve cover is all the rage in the super-custom engines you see lately. You know, the ones putting out 700-1500 HP and costing as much as your car did new.
That'* true. It'* just not to my liking. That is why I didn't put them down. I just don't like them.
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Also, IIRC, the valve covers for the N/A engines won't work with the SCed engines as the N/A engine valve covers do not allow for the placement of the fuel injectors that are found on the SCed motors.

Maybe one of the w-body suppliers has some for the SCed 3800?
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Someone around here is making aluminum covers... do a search.
You know I saw those and I didn't like the weld. But the ones I saw were from Edelbrock and they are chrome. Just wanted to see if they might fit. If not I may see about either getting mine powder coated or chromed.

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Did the ones from edelbrock look like this? If so, they will not work as this is a 3.8 with the 3 bolts through the top of the cover.
No, the picture is a stock picture not the actual item. So I wouldn't know.
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Brian Teel over at l67swap.com was taking orders for some pretty trick looking ones last time I was there.
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I know that this won't help for the L67 96-up crowd, but L27, L32, and pre-96 L67'* CAN use the aluminum covers that came with the F-Body 3.8 Series 2 motors. I have them on mine, and fit like a glove. And looks awesome IMO bead blasted then cleared.
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