Dimensions: Click here for dimensions.
Number of Bolts: 4 per cover, on the perimeter, straight across
Finishes: Read about finishes and construction of PML parts.
PML designed these valve covers with classic CORVETTE script and fins for a traditional look. This is a GM licensed product.
- Classic design
- Heavy duty sand cast aluminum construction
- Thick flange will not flex when bolts are tightened
- Mid height design to work with many roller rocker systems
- Standard perimeter 4 bolt mounting to cylinder head found on 1959 to 1986 Chevy small block engines
- Mounting bolts provided
- Made in USA
The script is cast into the cover and raised. On powder coated parts, the powder coat is shaved off the top of the script. On polished finish parts, the band is not polished to provide contrast to the script.
Engine configurations vary! Before ordering go to our CHECKLIST.
We have one set of these valve covers in polish finish on SPECIAL.
General Motors Trademarks are used under license to PML, Inc.
These PML valve covers are standard flange mount covers for V8 small block Chevy engines (265, 283, 327, 350, 400). The valve covers mount on to the cylinder heads with four bolts on the perimeter, directly across from each other. These valve covers can fit the small block engines originally produced in 1959 to 1986 and many new crate motors.
We fit each cover on a stock GM cylinder head with stock rocker arms.
See SPECIFICATIONS for information to determine if these valve covers will for your engine configuration. Always check before ordering as PML has a restocking fee.
Many makes and models have installed these PML valve covers, not just Corvettes. Our thanks to those who have sent us pictures of their restorations.
- 1930 Chevy Delivery Truck
- 1933 Ford Coupe
- 1952 Chevy
- 1958 Corvette
- 1959 Corvette
- 1962 Corvette 327
- 1962 Corvette 350
- 1962 Corvette 383
- 1962 Corvette Convertible
- 1963 Corvette Fuellie
- 1964 Corvette
- 1965 Chevy C10 Pickup
- 1965 Chevy C10 Pickup at SEMA 2022
- 1966 Corvette
- 1967 Chevy Nova
- 1967 Corvette Coupe
- 1968 Iso Grifo
- 1974 Corvette
- 383 Stroker Hot Rod Carbs Clear Coat
1930 Chevy Delivery Truck
Corvette Alley in Anacortes, Washington (phone 360-299-9303) restored this 1930 Chevrolet Commercial Delivery truck with a 400 HP 355 Chevy small block engine, 2 Edelbrock 500 carburetors, and 270 Comp Cams roller rockers. The truck is about 4 feet tall. Engine dressed up with PML valve covers, polish finish.
1933 Ford Coupe
PML Corvette® valve covers installed on a 1933 Ford 3-Window Coupe. We spotted this at the Grand National Roadster Show in January of 2011. Built by Roy Brizio Street Rods, San Francisco, CA.
The 509HP and 436 Torque motor is topped off by PML valve covers in the natural cast finish.
Jerry needed to order with the clearance for the baffles and PCV and breather holes. We asked him to let us know how the isntallation of the valve covers went. He emailed us these images and said "great job".
Peter dressed up his 1959 Corvette engine with these PML valve covers.
1962 Corvette 327
Tony installed these PML valve covers in the polish finish on his 1962 Corvette with a 327 small block Chevy. He "could not be happier with the way they look and the ease of installation."
1962 Corvette 350
Craig purchased these for his 1962 Corvette and they fit perfectly and look great. He was worried that the taller profile might not fit by coolant reservoir, but it was a perfect fit. He needed PCV and breather for proper engine performance.
350 engine, passenger side, PML valve covers installed, 1962 Corvette
350 engine, driver side, PML valve covers installed, 1962 Corvette
PML valve covers installed on 1962 Corvette Small Block 350
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1962 Corvette 383
Tim's Corvette has a 383. PML valve covers are in the polish finish.
1962 Corvette Convertible
Randal polished out the top of the script and fins. He plans to re–route the power brake vacuum line so it does not block his new PML valve cover.
1963 Corvette Fuellie
Matt installed these PML valve covers on his 1963 Corvette Fuellie. Matt knew that the PML valve covers would not fit without modification and was willing to try his hand at modifying them. He reported that the plenum side took a lot of modification. Although he did not want to cut into the top of the cover, he could not get the covers to fit otherwise. Our thanks to Matt for sharing his pictures.
PML does not promote or recommend or advise regarding modifications. This information provided for reference. Once modified no returns are possible.
Matt ordered the valve covers in the natural cast finish, machined with PCV and breather holes.
Terry Lake's 1964 Corvette with these covers installed (polished finish).
1965 Chevy C10 Pickup
Carbon Fiber Mods restored this 1965 Chevy C10 and custom powdered coated the PML valve covers to match.
1965 Chevy C10 Pickup at SEMA 2022
South City Rod and Custom won an award at SEMA 2022 for this C10 restoration.
1966 Corvette Convertible
Nick ordered these PML valve covers without any holes and with a PML cork composite gasket to finish off his beautiful engine.
1967 Chevrolet Nova Sport Coupe With Brodix Heads
Gary installed these PML valve covers on his custom build with Brodix cylinder heads. On first attempt, the PML valve covers hit head and would not fit. By machining away about half of the lip on the bottom edge of the valve covers, Gary was able to get the covers to fit perfectly.
The first images shows the modification to the PML valve covers. The lip holds the gasket in place and is about 0.150 inches wide so there is plenty of material left even after machining. In the picture, the machined area is shiny.
Gary wanted the look of a L79 SBC pulled out of a Corvette. He was not trying to create a L79 Nova SS. He created the old time look of going to the Chevrolet dealer and buying the engine over the counter or pulling one from a wrecked Corvette from the wrecking yard. Engine is a SBC with a Comp Cams flat tappet cam, Brodix aluminum heads with a 700R4 overdrive transmission and a heavily modified Heidts front clip.
1967 Corvette Coupe
Dave installed these PML valve covers on his 1967 Corvette. He removed the original 327 engine and built a 427 small block using a Dart SHP block, Brodix IV heads with steel Comp Cams Extreme Duty roller rockers.
Dave ordered the valve covers in the natural cast finish, machined with PCV and breather holes and baffle clearance. The machining worked well and the valve covers fit the heads with the roller rockers.
1968 Iso Grifo
Ivan installed our natural cast finish CORVETTE valve covers on his 1968 Iso Grifo. The valve covers highlight the 383 Stroker Corvette engine. There was some interference between the springs and the internal baffle but with a Dremel tool and some patience everything worked fine.
Peter installed these PML valve covers on his 1974 Corvette Stingray 350 V8 engine.
The PCV valve is installed on the driver side. The breather is on the passenger side. With the PML breather installed, it is barely visible.
383 Stroker Hot Rod Carbs Clear Coat
Hot Rod Carbs built this 383 stroker for a Model A. The natural as cast finish valve covers were clear coated and they were happy with the result and hopeful the clear coat would not yellow. PML does not recommend or have any information about clear coating.
Will These Valve Covers Fit On Your Engine?
Engine configurations vary! Before ordering use our CHECKLIST.
We have a Loaner Program if you need a cover to test fit.
Gaskets are not included with these valve covers. PML designed these Chevy Small Block Perimeter Mount Valve Covers to work with cork composite gaskets.
Optional PCV, Breather, and Oil Fill Holes
PCV/breather/oil fill holes are optional. PML makes these valve covers without holes and can machine holes when needed for an engine configuration.
Our approach to PCV and breather holes is unique so we made a PDF file with pictures and details: PML Specifications on Oil Fill, Breather and PCV (click to view) (a new window or tab will open with a PDF file).
If these PML valve covers are ordered with PCV, oil fill and breather holes, PML will machine one hole in each cover on the intake manifold side and include a PCV grommet, a push-in breather, and an oil fill tube.
Call if your engine configuration requires one hole or to discuss your requirements.
PML machines the valve covers to order in our shop. We use four or five different tools, shown in picture, on a CNC machine to create neat, leak-free holes. Spot facing provides a smooth sealing surface for grommets.
Compared to Die Casting
These images show this PML valve cover compared to a typical die casting, GM part 3726086. Many original valve covers were die castings or stamped steel. Both have a smooth surface.
PML valve covers are sand cast aluminum, so they have thicker walls and have a rougher texture. The polish finish smooths the sand-like texture but the result does not look like a die cast or stamped steel cover.