<VV> After market oil pans & valve covers
Sethracer at aol.com
Sethracer at aol.com
Sat Jun 1 14:17:13 EDT 2013
I certainly think you are entitled to my opinion! <grin>.
The Otto parts pan - which you already have, and the Otto Parts baffle
spacer - available from Clarks, along with the special low hanging oil pickup
for use with this combination, also from Clarks,will provide the oil control
you need for pressure maintenance. Be sure to check during assembly to
verify the position of the pick-up, (Maybe 3/8" from the bottom?) Otto parts
made several different pick-up with different height positions. With the
baffle spacer installed, the pan will then hang down a bit, but not as far as
some. You could mill-off some of the fins at the very bottom to get more
clearance. But the fins may just gradually disappear in regular use! Usually
headers are the first to make contact. For valve covers, the only thing I
really like about the cast aftermarket valve covers - all of them, is their
rigidity. Ignore almost all cooling claims. If you run extra valve train
stabilizers, you will have to go to the deep covers, but otherwise a
standard cover will work. Installation of your covers, whether steel or aluminum,
is the real test of oil "control". Take the time to do it right. Oil on the
headers has given the Corvair a bad rap in racing circles at times. It has
happened to me when I got lazy.
PS - About the Offenhauser valve covers. I ran them on my open-wheel Lola,
they worked fine. When people would walk up and ask what kind of motor I
had in it, I pointed to the lettering on the Valve Covers and said: "An Offy!"
In a message dated 6/1/2013 8:48:17 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time,
corvairgrymm at gmail.com writes:
I should have mentioned that autocross, occasional time trials, and lots of
street driving are my intended use.
Ok so the cooling effect is negligible apparently. Does this mean that the
finned valve covers are basically just for looks (and under the car!) or
are they still worthwhile somehow? This makes me start thinking I should
consider selling my aluminum valve covers to buy more useful stuff like a
big oil cooler, suspension bushings, sway bars, or maybe an MSD ignition.
I recall at least some of my aluminum oil pans having some baffling, if
nobody knows which have the best baffling (or if there is a better cheaper
solution for baffles, I'll have to check my books, and Seth's new book!)
I'll have to take a look at the ones I have. I have an Otto oil pan and a
Clarks oil pan, no Offy.
I've got a set of Offy valve covers on my red car, I think they are in
excellent condition but I'd have to remove, inspect, and photograph them
before I could sell them. I might test the waters on ebay to see if I can
get a good price for them since they are not readily available.
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