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Old 12-05-2005, 11:35 PM   #1
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Hi everyone,
A few months ago, I posted a few messages regarding the design of some hand fabricated 3800 valve covers we were working on. Well, although it took us a little longer than expected, we've come up with two design options (offered in both natural & polished aluminum finish) and we're pretty happy with how they turned out. I've had a set of the #1001'* (first pictures below) installed on my 95 Bonneville SE for just short of 10,000 miles and have experienced no leaks or problems of any sort. We're also working on some other ideas and continue to welcome your thoughts for improving our current designs, as well as ideas for future products.

A little bit of info about our valve covers:
• Hand Fabricated 6061T6 & Billet Aluminum Construction
• 3/8" Billet Rails with CNC machined gasket surface designed to fit stock-style gaskets
• Stainless Steel hardware kit & Fel-Pro #VS50080R Permadry molded rubber gaskets included
• 2 1/4" Inside height (1/4" taller than stock)
• 2” diameter oil fill tube with heavy duty CNC machined anodized aluminum cap
• Greatly improved mounting bolt access over stock covers
• Available fully polished with mirror-like finish
• 100% Hand Crafted in the U.*.A.
• 1 Year warranty against manufacturer defects


Natural Finish - Custom Appearance (#1001):











Polished Finish - Custom Appearnce (#1101):





Natural Finish - Stock-like Appearance (#1002):





Polished Finish - Stock-like Appearance (#1102):







Retail Pricing for the valve covers is as follows by part #:

#1001 - $339.99
#1101 - $419.99 (polished aluminum finish)

#1002 - $379.99 **higher cost due to added build cost for this design**
#1102 - $449.99 (polished aluminum finish) **higher cost due to added build cost for this design**


Obviously, we realize that these are not the cheapest fabricated valve covers on the market for the 3800. These however, do not require custom gaskets (stock style Felpro gaskets included), and utilize a billet rail instead of the weaker rolled edge design like the competition. Bottom line is that these valve covers were built to last. There is no reason why they shouldn’t be the last set of valve covers you ever have to buy for your engine. Please feel free to contact me with questions and/or order inquiries.
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can we see a pic of them installed on your car?
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Absolutely. I'll go out tomorrow and take a few pictures for you.
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Excellant looking work. Any idea how these compare to Series I covers?
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There the same.
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According to a few people we've spoken with, there is no major difference between the two as far as valve covers go. I'm sure that someone here could confirm or deny that however. If there is a major difference, as long as we have a set of original covers to pattern, we could produce them.
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the 1001 appears to have a smoother finish than the 1002... should we be expecting the quiality/smoothness in the 1001 or the 1002

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is the longer hardware for the 1001 included?
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You should expect the quality of the 1001'*. The 1002'* are the same however the pictures did not turn out quite as well. In all honesty, none of the pictures really do the valve covers much justice. They are very nice looking on & off the engine.
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PIMP!!!! keeping this in mind
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I really like them... esp. the 'custom' look ones. it gives a clean look to them. You should post on ClupGP I know a lot of people will want these. You might want to look into making Series 2 L67 valve covers too. I know a lot of people were looking for some. If you do Series 2 L67 keep the 'original' look just because it would be more universial since some companies mount their fuel rails to the valve covers.

Anyways are you still looking at doing a series 1 fuel rail? to make space for an IC? And would it be possible to have a valve cover spacer made up? it would basically just be your base with another groove on the top for another gasket and - the valve cover itself.
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