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Chevrolet® 396, 427, 454, & 502 Big Block With Raised CHEVROLET Script, Tall
Valve Covers

P/N 9739

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PML Big Block Chevy Valve Tall Covers, Orange Powder CoatedPML GM Licensing Stamp
PML Big Block Chevy Valve Tall Covers, PolishedPML GM Licensing Stamp
As-cast finish
$300.00 (set of 2)
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Black powder coating
$420.00 (set of 2)
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Chevrolet Orange powder coating
$420.00 (set of 2)
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Polished finish
$475.00 (set of 2)
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Dimensions: Click here for dimensions. A separate window will open. Please check for clearance issues with firewalls, brake bosters, alternator, air conditioning brackets, and the like.

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These tall heavy duty valve covers from PML for big block Chevy engines feature raised CHEVROLET script and fins and top quality construction. The classic CHEVROLET script is licensed from General Motors.

These valve covers have PCV and oil fill/breather holes and baffles cast into the covers. The internal baffles prevent oil blow-by out the PCV or breather holes. PML valve covers have walls and gasket flanges that are thick for strength and a secure seal to the cylinder head. The sand cast finish process provides an old-school look and feel.

PML designed these valve covers using original GM cast iron heads. Chevrolet Big block engines include: 396, 427, 454, and the 502. These covers use stock gaskets (not included).

These valve covers are a bit taller than stock to fit over many roller rockers, such as Jesel. Using double gaskets to add height frequently causes leaks. Customers have reported to us that PML tall valve covers eliminated the need for double gaskets and the leaks.

For our standard height Chevy big block valve covers, see PML Part Number 9737.

Checking Clearance

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Engine configurations vary so please check for clearance for larger valve covers. The walls and gasket flange are thicker than stock and the fins and script add height to the top.

Look for clearance on the inside also, especially if you have roller rockers. A simple check can be made if you have the stock valve cover. Set the stock cover on the head and measure the distance, if any, between the gasket flange surface and the head. Our cover is approximately 3/8 to 1/2 inch taller than the stock cover. PML tall covers are approximately 3/8 inch taller than our standard height covers.

Some customers have reported that their roller rockers contact the inside of these PML valve covers at corners. PML has heard that grinding a bit off the roller rockers on #1 intake and #6 intake, one intake rocker on each side of engine, can add enough clearance (but this is not something we have tried or endorse).


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PML Valve Covers on 1955 Belair

Tim Ruddick of Texas installed PML tall big block Chevy valve covers on his 1955 Belair with a 454 engine. He emailed us to let us know that the covers fit perfectly and he had at least an inch of firewall clearance. He also said "I think they look awesome and went well with the old school theme in my engine compartment. The quality, fit and finish were first rate." Thank you Tim for sharing your pictures and letting us know.
1955 Belair with PML Chevy Valve Covers   1955 Belair, PML valve covers, driver's side   1955 Belair, PML valve covers, passengers's side
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On 283 Grind Thumpr Comp Cams

Mike purchased PML valve covers for his big block engine on his 1930 Ford Coupe street rod. He also upgraded his Cam and roller rockers. His cam is a 283 grind Thumpr from Comp Cams and the roller rockers are a generic kind, gold in color and very squared off. He used a standard gaskets, not extra thick.

To get the PML covers to fit, he rounded off the left side corners on two of the roller rockers. The valve covers fit great after grinding a bit off the roller rockers on #1 intake and #6 intake (one intake rocker on each side of engine). He did not remove any material from the valve covers. He was told later by an engine machinist that this procedure is virtually always necessary when you try to put roller rockers on a big block chevy.

502 Engine with PML Valve Covers, Polished

Polished covers installed on a 502 engine. Click on the small image to view a larger picture in a separate window. Thank you to our customer Jeff for providing the picture.

Chevy Valve Covers On Customer Engine

1955 Chevrolet with 540 Engine

John installed PML's tall big block valve covers on his 1955 Chevrolet with a 540 cu in engine. The covers have the polish finish. John also installed a PML transmission pan on his Chevy.

PML Chevy Valve Covers On 540 Engine   1955 Chevy with PML valve covers under the hood  

PML Valve Cover Features

  • Strong sand-cast aluminum construction
  • Thick side walls and gasket flanges that will not bend when bolts are tightened
  • Cast-in internal baffles
  • Mounting hardware included

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