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Chevy™ Small Block
GM LT1/LT4, Center Bolt, Finned
Valve Covers

P/N 10534

PML SBC Center Bolt Finned Valve Covers, As-Cast Finish PML SBC Center Bolt Finned Valve Covers, Black PML SBC Center Bolt Finned Valve Covers, Orange PML SBC Center Bolt Finned Valve Covers, Polished
As-Cast Finish
$325 with PCV Hole and Breather Hole
$280 with PCV Hole or Breather Hole
$235.00 without Holes
Powder Coat Finish
$440 with PCV Hole and Breather Hole
$395 with PCV Hole or Breather Hole
$350.00 without Holes
Polished finish
$490 with PCV Hole and Breather Hole
$445 with PCV Hole or Breather Hole
$400.00 without Holes

Please call to order at 310-671-4345 or email yourcovers@pmli.com. We have very limited stock. There is one set on SPECIAL.

Dimensions: Click here for dimensions. A new tab or window will open.

Finishes: Read about finishes and construction of PML parts.

These PML valve covers feature a classic appearance with raised fins and strong cast aluminum construction. PML made these fin-only style valve covers for center bolt small block engines, GM Generation II LT1 and LT4.

Award winning two-bolt design: Stock valve covers have four bolts holding the cover on to the engine. PML's two-bolt design removes the two center bolts for an attractive presentation. Because PML valve covers have thick wall sand cast aluminum construction, they are much stiffer than stock and need only two bolts to apply pressure evenly to the gasket. PML valve covers will not tweak, bend, twist or deform. No leaks and a great look to dress up your engine.

If PCV, oil fill, or breather holes are needed, they can be machined on the intake manifold side in the front or back (scroll down for more info).

Many crate engines, 1987-1998 Silverado, Sierra, Suburban, Tahoe, Corvette, Impala SS, Camaro Z28, and mid-90s Pontiac Camaro and Firebird have small block center bolt heads. This fin-only design allows these valve covers to be used in non-GM applications such as Ford hot rods.

Also available with CHEVROLET® script or CORVETTE® script.

We have one set of these valve covers on SPECIAL.

About Fitment

These covers are slightly taller than stock to allow roller rockers. Please check for interference from a taller valve cover as some engines have a bracket or other parts that sit close to the stock covers. Click here for dimensions.

Baffles

Valve covers feature internal cast-in baffles. Image shows inside of a valve cover.

PML Center Bolt Valve Covers, baffles

Optional PCV, Breather and Oil Fill Holes

PML small block valve covers are made without holes for PCV, oil fill or breather. PML can machine holes to your specifications.

PML Center Bolt Valve Covers, PCV and breathers

For engines that require PCV and breather holes on the valve cover, PML designed the casting to be thicker on the intake manifold side and put baffles on the inside in two locations. This area can be machined with a hole. This way, the top of the valve cover is left alone for a clean, classic appearance.

A separate breather hole is not needed since the PCV or push-in breather can be removed and oil added there.

When ordering holes, you will need to specify the hole location. Holes can be machined on the passenger's side cover or on the driver's side cover, towards the front of the car or towards the rear. You can choose the location and type of hole needed in the shopping cart or can call to order. International customers, please email us for ordering.

Please read this PDF file on oil fill, breather and PCV set-up.

PML uses four or five different tools on a CNC machine to create a clean, leak-free hole for PCV, breather or oil fill. Spot facing provides a smooth sealing surface for grommets.

To learn more, we have two videos. Please watch this watch this step-by-step video of PML machining a PCV hole. We also have a step-by-step video of PML machining a breather hole.

PML machining tools

The information is generally the same although a different PML valve cover is shown in these videos.

You can call to order or use the options in the shopping card to specify your requirements for PCV, oil fill or breather.

Gaskets

Suggested gasket for PML small block Chevy valve covers Installing PML valve covers with a gasket Installing PML valve covers with a gasket, top view

PML recommends using Fel-Pro gaskets with these valve covers. The part number is VS 50088 R.

To install the covers using these gaskets, hold the gasket in place with your fingers and put your thumbs over the screws on the top. Then carefully fit the valve covers on the head making sure to get the groove on the covers lined up with the groove on the head. Put the exhaust side in first. Not getting the grooves lined up is a cause of leaks.

PML Small Block Valve Covers with T&D Rocker Arms

PML designed small block Chevy valve covers to work with many roller rocker systems, such as Jesel. However, our valve covers are not compatible with T&D Shaft Mounted Rocker Arms.

The T&D Machine Products Competition Rocker Arms are shown in the image at left. The shaft mounts are very tall, almost to the top of the rocker arms. The PML cast-in internal baffles will contact these mounts.

shaft mounted rocker arms
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Installations and Customer Pictures

Read about our center bolt valve covers on corvetteforum.com.

Images below show a 1929 Ford Roadster designed and built by Pacific Coast Customs in Northern California.

PML Center Bolt Valve Covers on a Ford Roadster, top view PML Center Bolt LT1/LT4 Valve Covers, side view Ford Roadster with PML small block Gen2 LT1/LT4 Valve Covers

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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Learn more about finishes and construction of PML parts.