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Old 04-15-2010, 01:02 PM
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I have a L46 with the stock aluminum valve covers. Does anyone know who makes the "T" style screws that hold down these valve covers (to dress up the engine a bit). The ones at my local parts store dont have enough threads to get through the cover, gasket and into the head. I need longer ones because of the raised tit on these valve covers. Anyone know where I can get some? Thanks in advance.
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Old 04-15-2010, 01:29 PM
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Usually the threaded part is just a small stud, (attach it to the head first to locate the valve cover then screw the T-Bolts down onto that). You can go to Home Depot and buy a length of 1/4" threaded rod and make longer studs or look at Mcmaster Car I am sure you can buy pre-made studs from them.

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Old 04-15-2010, 03:07 PM
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I just redid the covers on my Chevelle, they had those long shafts with the removable T-handles (so 80's), I junked them for button head allen bolts in stainless, polished the heads and they don't stick up or look obnoxious at all. Oh yeah, the covers are the polished ones from GM with "Chevrolet" in black and the bowtie in red. So long story short, there is a place here in PA in Gettysburg that will supply you with anything stainless, called http://www.totallystainless.com/ buy one or one hundred!!!!
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a lot of those tend to be very, very cheaply made. I had a set that was supposed to be grade 8 studs not long ago, and one of them snapped off even with my head while I was tightening it. It had never really tightened down, still felt like it was turning fine then SNAP. Never broken a grade 8 bolt by hand before..
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I just went through this same thing with some Mr. Gasket valve cover bolts.

The little studs were to short to work, so I went to this place:

http://www.automotivefasteners.com/

Bought some longer "studs" for all of $1.64 and am now done with that task.


As for me, I didn't get those "wing" style, as I hate that look. Mine are a similar to these: http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/CHROM...item3a46cf29bc
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I find most of my bolts/studs at ACE Hardware. The stores in my area carry several aisles of nuts/bolts/screws etc in just about every size and grade for most all applications (even autos).
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You can get long stainless steel machine screws of the appropriate size for beans at Lowes or Home Depot, cut/grind them yourself and Lock-Tite 'em in for a good installation.
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Originally Posted by Drizzle View Post
I have a L46 with the stock aluminum valve covers. Does anyone know who makes the "T" style screws that hold down these valve covers (to dress up the engine a bit). The ones at my local parts store dont have enough threads to get through the cover, gasket and into the head. I need longer ones because of the raised tit on these valve covers. Anyone know where I can get some? Thanks in advance.
Those kind of valve cover hold down bolts were popular in the 60's. Is that where you want to go? If it is, that's , but take it from an old guy who remembers them, they are SO yesterday!
Cheers,
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Old 04-15-2010, 10:54 PM
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i have them on my engine, i dont know where you can buy them though. I made mine on the lathe when i was very very board one day. got to try out my new knurling tool. The "T" part of them is a interference fit. I used grade 8 bolts i cut the heads off of and shaped as studs. The T handles screw into them. Then i took them down to the shop and anodized them. I am sure you can find some commercially made on summit or jegs

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I may have a set up in the rafters. My '70 had chrome Milodon covers held by them when I first got it. I have no idea of the stud length.

If they can be of use, PM me a reasonable offer and I'll try to hunt them down and we can check the stud length.
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Had'em on mine.....they were junk, couldn't tighten them properly
and the threads stripped. I went with studs.
Just my 2 cents.
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I had blue anodized aluminum ones that I had bought from a vendor at Corvettes at Carlisle on my last 68. They were a lot better than the ones I ordered from Summit Racing. I was amazed at the difference in quality that was available.....so if you want the look of the T-Handle fastners, I would recommend that you attend a large swap meet similar to Corvettes at Carlisle and inspect them in person.

For me, used these T-Handle fasteners to help the blue theme that I was working on in my engine compartment. My 68 was painted Quasar Blue and I wanted blue accents in the engine compartment.
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