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studemaker
02-25-2007, 03:44 PM
Howdy all, thought I might post this for others that may have run into the same problem that I did. I am finishing a engine compartment detailing job on my '59 truck, painting engine, transmission, undercoating firewall, and dressing up my 289. I bought finned aluminum valve covers, and finned valley cover for my truck. the valley cover I bought had no provision for a PCV valve, and as I wanted to go back to one, did some modification. Having an extra valley cover from a '63 Cruiser with the PCV tower that inserts into the cover, I decided to scavenge from it. (I believe others would work as well) The aluminum valley cover I bought as casted, has a flat spot around the rear bolt hole with no fins for the road draft tube, but no opening for it. I placed the valley cover in my drill press vice and opened up the rear bolt hole to 1 3/8" with a hole cutter using the bolt hole to center it. http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l11/studemaker/Mergatroid%20Projects/InchandthreeeighthsRearHole.jpg I then O-ringed the base for a positive seal. http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l11/studemaker/Mergatroid%20Projects/FinishedFinnedAluminumValleyCoverWi.jpg I then took the Cruisers cover and drilled out the spot welds on the baffle plate on the underside just large enough to cut the welds. Then transferred the plate to the rib on the underside of the aluminum cover. The spot weld holes gave me reference points for marking and drilling for #6 sheet metal screws and flat washers. I also used red threadlocker on the screws as an extra precaution. http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l11/studemaker/Mergatroid%20Projects/63ValleyBafflePlate.jpg Earlier, or later covers may be able to be used as well for the baffle plate. and the aluminum cover can be coverted by drilling, and threading a spot next to the rear bolt hole for a small bushing, and insert nipple to connect the hose to. But the PCV tower from the '63 makes this an easy job, as it took about an hour. Hope this may help someone else, and save them some time. Thanks Tim

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Swifster
02-25-2007, 03:52 PM
Note to self - Bookmark this tip!

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Tom - Valrico, FL

1964 Studebaker Daytona

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StudeRich
02-25-2007, 04:02 PM
Very good job Tim; that's the Studebaker way, to do things...the RIGHT way. Those poorly made valley covers cause a lot of grief don't they?

Everyone has there own preferences, and I understand that. As for me I don't like the look of those things, (prefer the clean look) so the choice would be simple since they are poorly made anyway. The valve covers look cool I like their look, but also have their problems IE: they have no gasket retainers inside like the late 1960-1964 Stock ones do.

studemaker
02-25-2007, 04:17 PM
Howdy, yes they do have drawbacks for the cost. Being a fan of Stude Power and that vintage hotrod look, I guess I had to make compromises.:D The end result of a dressed up Stude 289 though, really gets my Stude motor running! [:p] http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l11/studemaker/Mergatroid%20Projects/11.jpg

<div align="left">Tim Stevens Big Sky Country, Montana "Mergatroid" '59 4E7-122 "Sliver" '59 Silver Hawk "Surfin Stude Safari" '57 Parkview Wagon "Blind Date" '41 Double Dater Coupe</div id="left"> http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l11/studemaker/Mergatroid3.jpg

Swifster
02-25-2007, 05:12 PM
quote:Originally posted by studemaker

http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l11/studemaker/Mergatroid%20Projects/11.jpg

Tim, saying the engine looks great would be an understatement. WOW!

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Tom - Valrico, FL

1964 Studebaker Daytona

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Stude4x4
02-25-2007, 05:20 PM
Great job Tim! I had planned on making one out of 3/8" aluminum plate and machining it. Great job and I like yer truck. Looks nice.

Jake

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N8N
02-25-2007, 05:25 PM
I like it! I was going to do something similar on my car before I switched to an R-1 engine (no need for the baffle as there is no PCV connection) wish I had known what you were doing, I would have offered to trade covers (mine has a big fender washer covering what used to be the PCV hole)

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Karl
02-25-2007, 08:26 PM
Nice job on the motor.[8D]

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studemaker
02-25-2007, 09:56 PM
Thanks Guys, This project was supposed to be a small one, only two or three weeks long. Well.... here it is four months later and I am finally getting it all to come together. The truck was looking so bad under the hood that I was embarrased to open it at events. As things slowly progress, and are starting to look a little better, maybe I can open the hood for others to look now! :) Tim

<div align="left">[b]Tim Stevens Big Sky Country, Montana "Mergatroid" '59 4E7-122 "Sliver" '59 Silver Hawk "Surfin Stude Safari" '57 Parkview Wagon "Blind Date" '41 Double Dater Coupe</div id="left"> http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l11/studemaker/Mergatroid3.jpg

S2DSteve
02-25-2007, 10:26 PM
Nice job Tim. I've already got pictures of your truck in my "ideas I plan to steal" file. I've now added a couple more.
http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u57/S2DSteve/Dually002.jpg

Steve Hudson
The Dalles, Oregon
1937 Dictator Streetrod
1949 "GMOBaker" 1-T Dually
1953 Commander Convertible
1954 Champion Coupe

studemaker
02-26-2007, 07:03 PM
Howdy Steve, Say, I was thinking the same about yours! :D Make sure you folks dont leave the keys in that sharp convertible at the next show were both at, temptation might just get the better of me![}:)]http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l11/studemaker/100_0109.jpg By the way, nice truck! Are those '40 headlights? Tim

<div align="left">Tim Stevens Big Sky Country, Montana "Mergatroid" '59 4E7-122 "Sliver" '59 Silver Hawk "Surfin Stude Safari" '57 Parkview Wagon "Blind Date" '41 Double Dater Coupe</div id="left"> http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l11/studemaker/Mergatroid3.jpg

S2DSteve
02-26-2007, 09:43 PM
Sharp eye! Somewhere along the line somebody decided '37 Ford "teardrop" headlights were just what the truck needed, and spent a lot of time and effort making the conversion. Besides looking a little strange, they were aimed about 5' in front of the truck-not too useful on the highway at night. I've since reverted to real Studebaker headlights-MUCH better.
http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u57/S2DSteve/Dually033.jpg

Steve Hudson
The Dalles, Oregon
1937 Dictator Streetrod
1949 "GMOBaker" 1-T Dually
1953 Commander Convertible
1954 Champion Coupe