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John Ratliff
06-20-2006, 07:24 PM
Can some one give me a safe way to remove stuck valve covers from a 56' V8. I am afraid I will bend or warp them if I pry too hard. Want to adjust valves and replace the gromets. Help![xx(]

rockne10
06-20-2006, 08:21 PM
After removing the nuts (I've seen someone trying without doing that[V]), use a rubber mallet or deadblow on the corners. PB Blaster may help but I don't know if you could get it to penetrate under the lip of the ROCKER ARM COVER.

mbstude
06-20-2006, 08:22 PM
NOT a valve cover... ;)

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Roscomacaw
06-20-2006, 08:24 PM
Quite likely, it's those grommets that are stuck. I think if you pry at the front end you won't do any damage.

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mbstude
06-20-2006, 08:29 PM
Some things do tend to stick on a Stude after 50 years or so...
(we had to replace the most-likely-original tires on my 51 dump truck, with split rims! There are worse things...)

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South Georgia Chapter Newsletter Editor
63 Daytona HT (project)
51 2R16 dump truck (yes, I won the raffle)
52 Commander Starliner (basket case)(will trade for another Stude <g>)
MANY more Studes in the family and a few parts cars.
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JDP
06-20-2006, 08:33 PM
Wedge a screwdriver under the cover and pry against the waterpump flange to free the front, then work the screwdriver down the sides. (did it just today):)

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John Ratliff
06-20-2006, 08:44 PM
MBSTUDE-- Rocker arm cover, and it is still stuck:D

mbstude
06-20-2006, 09:01 PM
Screw drivers seem to work great for us. Just put a leetle more effort on it. Make sure you start on the front though and work your way back. (as JDP said)

Matthew Burnette, the 16 year old Stude nut.
South Georgia Chapter Newsletter Editor
63 Daytona HT (project)
51 2R16 dump truck (yes, I won the raffle)
52 Commander Starliner (basket case)(will trade for another Stude <g>)
MANY more Studes in the family and a few parts cars.
Click my name and check out "Links".

55pres
06-20-2006, 10:51 PM
Whats wrong with "valve cover"? It cover the valves...and the rocker arms, and the springs, and the keepers, and the valve seals, and some head bolts, you might say valve guides too! [8D]

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rockne10
06-20-2006, 11:28 PM
Hey, Randy, where ya been? Still haven't gotten up early enough for breakfast?[:o)]

Sonny
06-20-2006, 11:57 PM
quote:Originally posted by 55pres

Whats wrong with "valve cover"? It cover the valves...and the rocker arms, and the springs, and the keepers, and the valve seals, and some head bolts, you might say valve guides too! [8D]

1955 President

Location: Central PA
Job: Student @ Penn State
Love of Studebakers?: High


I'm with you! Let's call 'em "S1A1/oblong/molded/stud & nut retained/keep the oil in/keep the dirt & weather out/breather mountable/removable/valve train/metallic/cover"?! [:p]

It CAN get worse! There's some [8]s who would correct ya for referring to that thing under the hood as a "motor"! Yeah! No Lie!!!! The Marines had "perfect" nomenclatures for everything too. In fact I still remember, "THIS is my rifle, THIS is my gun, THIS is for fighting, THIS is for fun!" Ahh.... No wonder I miss the Marines.......<LMAO>

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John Ratliff
06-21-2006, 01:05 AM
Thanks alot to all. I did as you said and covers came off. Now to find a way to clean them so I dont have a big mess.[xx(]

bams50
06-21-2006, 05:33 AM
Rockne and Matthew,I always say valve covers too...

Since you've corrected us, I'm sure you never say bolt or screw- always "threaded fastener", right? :D



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rockne10
06-21-2006, 08:29 AM
Actually, I still usually call them valve covers, though I've been told that's whats on the side of the Lhead. I just get a kick out of the hornets.:D

mbstude
06-21-2006, 04:33 PM
I was just being a little sarcastic. I call them valve covers too. :D

Matthew Burnette, the 16 year old Stude nut.
South Georgia Chapter Newsletter Editor
63 Daytona HT (project)
51 2R16 dump truck (yes, I won the raffle)
52 Commander Starliner (basket case)(will trade for another Stude <g>)
MANY more Studes in the family and a few parts cars.
Click my name and check out "Links".

55pres
06-21-2006, 10:05 PM
quote:Originally posted by rockne10

Hey, Randy, where ya been? Still haven't gotten up early enough for breakfast?[:o)]


Yeah, I never did make it did I [B)] I'm currently at home now (Mechanicsburg) but I will promise you breakfast in the fall. Its not that I was still in bed, I was praying that I would pass my finals (which I passed with flying colors :D) BUT next fall for sure!

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Location: Central PA
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John Ratliff
06-22-2006, 07:17 PM
Well, yesterday I got the valve covers cleand and painted. Sure was a lot of sludge in them. A 134,000 worth. So this morning early I went out in the garage and checked the valve clearance. All was in specks. Put things back together and put new engine logos on. Plugs look clean. Car cranked right up. Man! That Stude V8 sure sounds good. No Ford or Cheby sounds like that. Took the car out and ran it up to operating temp. ( Its almost that hot out side, so had to stop until it cools down this evening. Then check for any leaks.[8D][8D]

Laemmle
06-22-2006, 09:11 PM
Lets not even get into the name of the item underneith the intake manifold....I can think of three names to describe it.

showbizkid
06-22-2006, 11:27 PM
You mean the valley cover? :D

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Laemmle
06-24-2006, 06:42 PM
Yes, Clark![8D]