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Old 08-18-2005, 11:05 AM   #1
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Default Thoughts about Fabricated Aluminum Valve Covers for my 3800

Looking for some opinions...I've been in search of some nice aftermarket valve covers for my 95 Bonneville for some time and have yet to find anything. So, as a result, I'm currently working with metal shop to design a set of fabricated aluminum valve covers for my 3800 Series II motor. If they turn out well, I'm considering having a number of sets produced to sell. Theyt should be a far superior to the stock valve covers...plus they'll look pretty cool. They're being designed with a billet rail so they are less prown to leak (I've got that problem right now with my current covers), they'll have baffles, and will be tall enough to clear roller rockers. It should give the engine a bit of a rugged, race look when they're finished.

Do you guys think there is much of a market for this kind of piece? I know there are a lot of these motors out there but am not really sure how many of us are trying to dress them up / improve sealing, etc.

I welcome your opinions (both positive and negative).
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id be interested if the price is reasonable
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If you come up with some Series 1 valve covers and rails, I'll be the first to buy.
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How do the Series I valve covers, etc. differ from the Series II'*? I think I could probably have them made up. I'd just need to get a set for patterning.
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Exactly like the L36 valve covers. . . . I'd really be intrested in rail also. . . .They would be able to work for all the Series 1 (L67 and L27).
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I already have the Valve covers in 3D. But these would be machined billet, not fabricated from sheet.

There are also some already for sale, I've seen them but don't recall where.
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While the 3800 V6 valve covers aren't finished yet, you can kinda get a feel for the fabrication/craftsmanship with the pictures below. These are also brand new and were designed for a Small Block Mopar project we're working on. Thoughts?









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Very similar to the ones I saw for sale for the 3800. Judging by your example, CNC billet may be cheaper.

They look good.
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Very nice! now figure out some rails and I'll be sending some $$.
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how cool would clear panels be if you could keep the oil of them...
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