Finding out about my engine

bigmike636

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Thanks for the compliments and encouragement. My son and I wound up pulling the valve covers off to see if we could determine what kind of heads we have. I was happy to see the head bolts are ARP. [emoji16] The heads are definitely Ford factory heads.
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Please don’t rip on me about the cleanliness of the engine. We haven’t had a chance to clean up the engine bay. But I can hear gears turning in my 16 yr old son’s head, so I’m sure that I’ll be supporting his latest vehicle project. He’s been crabbing about “how could they paint a 302 cid Ford engine black and NOT Ford blue ?” If I had to guess painting the block and valve covers should be worth an extra 25-30 horsepower, right ? [emoji1787]


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Seeing that we will be replacing the valve cover gaskets, what type/brand would you guys use ? Cork or rubber ? Should I use a shellac on both sides ?
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Go with a good rubber set. I've never been a fan of cork

It's been a while since messing with a pushrod 5.0 but I know some of the cheap gaskets for the mods fit terribly or not at all.

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Thanks BigBore96, I’m the same way. I prefer the rubber to cork. My son just replaced the valve cover gaskets on my old Chevy pickup and I picked up a set of Fel Pro rubber gaskets. They went on easily and no leaks so far.


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Yes, Boostr1, I have thought about installing roller rockers. But I would definitely want to perform a tear down to make sure that there’s still plenty of life in my internals (valves, rings, bearings, etc) before actually performing that upgrade.


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I’ll give it another try...

It wasn’t initially a YouTube video, but I figured that may be the easiest way to post it based on your response, white95. Thanks for the heads up.


Wow that sounds really damn good! I like the fact that from the outside you can't really tell that it's got a 302 under the hood :cool: Also would have to agree, do the rubber gaskets over the cork ones
 

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