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Old 02-21-2011, 11:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default correct valve covers for a 66 gt350

does someone have a pics of the correct valve cover for a 1966 gt350 , the tony branda site has these two listed in the shelby 1966 parts section. im not sure which one to buy for a 66 gt-350 clone
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Old 02-22-2011, 11:39 AM   #2 (permalink)
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i believe its these, i went with them and my catalog said contours correct or whatever

Open Letter Cobra Valve Covers for 289-302-351W
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i believe its these, i went with them and my catalog said contours correct or whatever

Open Letter Cobra Valve Covers for 289-302-351W
That's the ones I under stand are correct. Copys of Buddy Bar castings.
(BTW: Concours correct. Must be French for "This $&!t is expensive!!)
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yeah its not cheap. i also had to buy a set of valve cover spacers (80$ i think) so now i have to buy 2x sets of performance rubber valve cover gaskets. oh and extended bolts as well. it adds up lol

i guess i could have got the taller version but it wouldnt look as col
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I know those are correct for the 65 Shelby but I thought the black crinckle finish was correct for the 66. You can run the valve covers without the spacers if the poly lock adjusters are whats hitting the baffle on the inside. I've been doing it for years running the comp cam full roller rockers. You just need to know the modification to get the clearance.


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That's the ones I under stand are correct. Copys of Buddy Bar castings.
(BTW: Concours correct. Must be French for "This $&!t is expensive!!)
In fact, concours d'elegance IS French. And at a real "concours" event, the cars are typically worth more than my house.
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I know those are correct for the 65 Shelby but I thought the black crinckle finish was correct for the 66.
Nope. The change came in 67. There are actual originals:

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OK I knew the black wrinkle finish had replaced the others just wasn't sure when.
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The change from the '65-style open-letter to later black-painted covers occurred mid-way through '66 production; that's why Branda has both listed.
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The change from the '65-style open-letter to later black-painted covers occurred mid-way through '66 production; that's why Branda has both listed.
correct. So do you want an early, or late, '66 ?

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Check my signature. Mine came off the showroom floor with black crinkle finish. The bare-metal open letters were standard on 65's.

Since mine was built in 2nd half of '66, I would agree with ZRAY. Frankly, when building a clone, you could go with either. It's a clone after all.
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