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PostPosted: Sun May 18, 2014 8:54 pm 
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There was another change around '70. '77 up has the lip going upwards. MUCH better design.

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PostPosted: Sat May 09, 2015 11:11 pm 
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1985amceagle wrote:
yes, they do make an aftermarket valve cover to replace the OEM plastic valve cover. I will try to get a decent picture of the 87-90 OEM valve cover. here is what the aftermarket valve cover looks like:
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Thats pretty much the one I just got. I have to drill all 3 passenger side holes and tap them, went easy enough, driver side holes were already drilled, BUT they are only half as deep and it doesn't look like the bolts will hold down the cover. I don't think they can be drilled any deeper either because I think the coolant passage is right underneath correct? The kit didn't supply and washers to make up for it either.

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PostPosted: Sun May 10, 2015 9:00 am 
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right now just trying to sell the thing $1,500 OBO or trade for full size Ford or Dodge Econoline type van. I got over $2,500 in new parts on it just need something bigger to haul more an tow with. Not going to do any more work to it just trying to get it gone ASAP.

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PostPosted: Sun May 10, 2015 9:56 am 
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VacuumLeak wrote:
1985amceagle wrote:
yes, they do make an aftermarket valve cover to replace the OEM plastic valve cover. I will try to get a decent picture of the 87-90 OEM valve cover. here is what the aftermarket valve cover looks like:
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Thats pretty much the one I just got. I have to drill all 3 passenger side holes and tap them, went easy enough, driver side holes were already drilled, BUT they are only half as deep and it doesn't look like the bolts will hold down the cover. I don't think they can be drilled any deeper either because I think the coolant passage is right underneath correct? The kit didn't supply and washers to make up for it either.



.....and the front hole wasnt drilled in the right spot in the valve cover, just a little bit off, maybe just a couple of mm. Maybe it will still seal without it? I think I might try an air dremel.

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Alpine sound system

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PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2015 6:07 am 
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VacuumLeak wrote:
VacuumLeak wrote:
1985amceagle wrote:
yes, they do make an aftermarket valve cover to replace the OEM plastic valve cover. I will try to get a decent picture of the 87-90 OEM valve cover. here is what the aftermarket valve cover looks like:
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Thats pretty much the one I just got. I have to drill all 3 passenger side holes and tap them, went easy enough, driver side holes were already drilled, BUT they are only half as deep and it doesn't look like the bolts will hold down the cover. I don't think they can be drilled any deeper either because I think the coolant passage is right underneath correct? The kit didn't supply and washers to make up for it either.



.....and the front hole wasnt drilled in the right spot in the valve cover, just a little bit off, maybe just a couple of mm. Maybe it will still seal without it? I think I might try an air dremel.


I have a used Clifford cover (I think. Been awhile since I opened the hood) on mine. I noticed the tab renewal slip says my wagon is '81, but I always call it an '82. The stock plastic cover was busted and leaking when I got it. I have the parts/pieces to put a 4.0L/AW4 in but no energy or helpers to do it and no $ to hire anyone plus the 4.2L runs okay still so I guess it has to wait. I drilled the driver's side holes a little deeper with helicoil inserts and had to grind down the cover to get it to seal. I bought those T handle valvecover bolts in the hotrod section of the store since I had no hardware. I also used small flatwashers ground to fit the cover around the holes to spread the pressure out a bit.
If you hit coolant you can still thread the hole and just put sealer on it. Renix heads are cheap to find (everyone seems to think HO is so much better. Ha!) and are rarely cracked. I would go back with mine and swap the whole 4.0L head rather than mess with the cover again.

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PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2015 12:40 am 
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Yeah I gotta redo mine, front drivers side is dumping oil all over the exhuast manifold and actually caught fire. luckily it was small and i got it out quickly. I wish I would have just went for a head swap too now :x

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