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    HEMI RR Well-Known Member

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    The engine in my car had used chrome 426 valve covers installed by the prior owner when they rebuilt the engine. I would like to replace them with the black wrinkle finish ones. I can get the chrome ones powder coated in black wrinkle finish for $40. They need minimal prep to the surface no pitting or rust. I do not know if they are Mopar performance covers or just aftermarket ones; since they do not leak they are a good candidate to reuse. All the original ones, I can find are either pricey and/or still need to be repainted. Any advice on this?
     
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    call Mancini mopar parts i think they sell them
     
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      Incredible what they ask for those valve covers. I think you answered your own question...$40 or $750.hmmm
       
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      Not a bad price for repops.
       
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      I would stick with what you have and get 'um done.
       
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        There are no cheap wrinkle OEM style covers
        I can attest to that.
         
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          Bought a pair of chrome repo Hemi valve covers 5/6 years ago. They were avaiible from many vendors, $120. Haven't used them the quality of covers looks ok, thickness of metal is good. Chrome durability well that is to be determined if I use them. Sorry I sold a pair NOS aluminum Mopar valve covers.
           
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          HEMI RR Well-Known Member

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          I seen them one on EBAY. Those are 66-69 mine is a 70. I am concerned that the repops may leak too. Also, does anyone know if the area where the O-ring sits is also a wrinkle finish? I am wondering if the original ones are flat there and not wrinkled to form a good seal with the O-ring. I spoke to the powder coater about masking that area off to keep it smooth.
           
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          A painter friend of mine is an expert at wrinkle finish. :thumbsup:

          I have watched him doing jobs...an absolute expert.
           
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            I did wrinkle finish on several pairs........Piece of cake.
             
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                Mine were polished at one time. I used Duplicolors engine enamel wrinkle paint and placed them under heat lamps and used a heat gun.

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                  Runs cooler with black covers.
                   
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                  Indy cast covers here with wrinkle powdercoat by a local guy.
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                    Guys that care can spot original covers vs repo covers from 50 feet... The oil fill cap is clocked wrong... Other than that they seem to work fine...
                     
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                    Hyjack! Anybody got a pic of original 66 covers? I wanna compare what I have. Reason, the spark plug wire looms on the driver side look backward, the other has the alternator-coil wire clamps so thinking that’s the pass side.
                     
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                    Do not. I repeat do not buy the cheap knock offs from ebay. Tried twice. Both sets were garbage. Recoat your original pair.
                     
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                    I sandblasted them today and will drop them off at the powder coater tomorrow.
                     
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                    Cheap reproduction are junk. Measure them they are wider and don’t seal
                     
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