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    Valve covers for 5.0 EFI?

     



    Still a ways to completing it, but I am using a 5.0 EFI engine for my Cobra roadster. It has the stock Mass flow and throttle body. I have the stock valve covers on it now, and wondered what aftermarket covers may fit it, considering the clearance issues.

    I wonder if the fancy "Cobra" valve covers are even worth the price, considering how they are so hidden on these engines. Maybe I should just paint the original covers an add an emblem. Perhaps a Ford Racing, or snake emblem. Any opinions?

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    If they are hidden and you have more money then you know what to do with change them. If you are on a budget go for the emblem idea. I bought some nice emblems on ebay for 15 bucks.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Chev malibu View Post
    Still a ways to completing it, but I am using a 5.0 EFI engine for my Cobra roadster. It has the stock Mass flow and throttle body. I have the stock valve covers on it now, and wondered what aftermarket covers may fit it, considering the clearance issues.

    I wonder if the fancy "Cobra" valve covers are even worth the price, considering how they are so hidden on these engines. Maybe I should just paint the original covers an add an emblem. Perhaps a Ford Racing, or snake emblem. Any opinions?
    Ford SVT (and others) sell a spacer to raise the intake plenum ~.75 so you can use many of the other aftermarket VC's. My recollection is that you will have hood clearance on most of the Cobra repros
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    Some of the older 5.0's had smooth top cast aluminum valve covers. They came from the factory painted grey, but with a bit of work they polish up great!!!!
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    Dave, unfortunately mine are stamped steel. My concern is I have heard the stamped ones can get distorted, at the mounting holes, and leak. I suppose this could happen with the stamped aftermarket covers just as well. Cast would be nice, if the price was right.

    I will have to check into the spacer idea for the plenum. Seems anything from my local ford dealer is priced to the max. Price a simple filler pipe seal for the fuel tank the other day, and they wanted $46.00..

    Perhaps a new coat of paint, and the emblem route, is the way to go. I thought about that heat proof wrinkle paint, but it might be a pain to clean. Apparently POR15 is a good engine paint, although I see nothing on the can, about being heat proof. One fellow painted his SBF with it and has been very happy with it for the last few years of driving.

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    The best valve covers to run on a EFI engine in my opinion are the stock aluminum covers from an 86-93 mustang...the same ones that Dave referred to. http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/MUSTA...Q5fAccessories they pop up on ebay cheap all the time. I've seen them painted, powder coated, chromed and I've polished a set myself before. If you have a 86-93 Mustang style upper plenum, you won't need a spacer. If you have the curved upper plenum, you will need a spacer like this one http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/5-0-F...1%7C240%3A1318 Also when using the curved plenum you have to modify the oil filler neck on the aluminum covers a little to clear the throttle body....I've done it, it's no that involved. On that cobra, you really should be using the "cobra" intake. http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/5-0-F...1%7C240%3A1318 With that intake the covers will fit with no spacers or modifications. Hope it helps.

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    What the world really needs is a GT40 upper plenum that looks like it belongs on an old car. That's why I'm building one. Just look me up on photobucket.com
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