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Old 12-11-2021, 11:23 AM   #21
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Default Re: Valve cover

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They do require washers.

I have 12 aluminum valve covers, and every single bolt for them has the included washer. They are a washer with a slight ridge to contain the rubber grommet.

You can get by with regular flat washers until you can source the proper ones from another member or a junkyard. I have done that before with success.

The most important part is the bolts, and you have those. You are heading in the right direction.

In the attached image you will see the bolt and the washer. The bolt head is the black part, and the washer is silver.
I understood fetchitfido's comment as using the composite valve cover bolts and stacking washers to make up the extra length. Perhaps I didn't elaborate correctly in my comment; thanks for catching that.

I hadn't checked until now and I thought the washer and grommet came with the bolts. They do not. Here are the 2 part numbers required to accompany the bolts. I'm not sure if the composite cover washers and bolts are compatible or not. Maybe someone could confirm either way. The information below seems to indicate that they are unique to the aluminum valve cover (91-95).




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File Type: jpg Aluminum Cover Bolts.JPG (46.6 KB, 18 views)
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My washer idea (from Waiex191) was meant to be a cheaper solution to using the plastic cover bolts on the aluminum cover. The thread depth is the same to the shoulder where it goes into the head, it's the shaft size from the shoulder to the head that changes and washers are a cheap way to take up extra space on a bolt (larger ID nuts work great when it's even more out of spec). Still requires the factory style grommet and fancy washer/cover to hold the grommet in place.

I didn't think to specify that the grommets don't come with the bolts. All the sellers show only the bolt and say it only includes '#' of bolts in the package. Also, you're replacing the VC which requires a new VC gasket and looking up the gasket would show the grommets with the gasket.
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I think if one got some 5/16" or 3/8" (I.D.) washers, one could use a hammer
to distort them into a conical-or-cup format, by addressing the 'ball' end of a ball-pein hammer, or a (3/8") drive extension between the washers and a
normal framing hammer (or small sledge) on a block of wood. Softwood
probably makes a cone, hardwood a cup, roughly fabricated.
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