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PML Valve Covers for Chevrolet® 396, 427, 454, & 502 Big Block Engines, CHEVROLET Script, Tall

Part Number 9739

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As-cast finish
$325.00 (set of 2)
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Black powder coating
$445.00 (set of 2)
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Chevrolet Orange powder coating
$445.00 (set of 2)
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Polished finish
$500.00 (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 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 Compared to Stock

PML Valve Covers Part Number 9739 height compared to stock  PML Valve Covers Part Number 9739, compared to stock
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These images show a PML valve cover compared to the stock cover. The outside dimensions are shown. The distance to the gasket surface maybe different. See the link below the "Buy Now" button for more information on dimensions.


Our thanks to our customers who have shared pictures of their installations.

Super Chevy Magazine chose these tall height PML Big Block Valve Covers for their 1967 Chevelle build. See their on-line article: Roller vs. Flat Tappet Cams

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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1970 Chevelle SS

Billy installed these valve covers on his 1970 Chevy Chevelle SS with a 396 big block. He also purchase PML gaskets to go with the valve covers. The cast finish covers look great with the orange engine block and cast intake manifold.

1970 Chevelle SS   1970 Chevelle SS, passenger side of engine   1970 Chevelle SS, driver side of engine   1970 Chevelle SS, Chevy big block engine
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1972 Chevy Truck

Jeff chose PML tall height big block valve covers in the orange powder coat finish for his 1972 Chevy pick up truck.

He purchased RM Specialties wire looms and oval shaped the holes with a dremel tool. The fit around the hole on the PML valve covers was too tight for the wire looms to work without modification. PML does not recommend grinding on the valve covers. Removing material from wire looms to fit the valve covers is usually a better option.

1972 Chevy Pick Up Truck with PML valve covers    PML Chevrolet Valve Covers On Big Block Engine   Click on an image to view larger.

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.

Chevy Valve Covers On Customer Engine

502 Engine

PML polish finish valve covers installed on a Chevy 502 engine.

Thank you to our customer Jeff for providing the picture.

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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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