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Alternative rocker covers for Hemi engine?

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Hey, fellas....... I'm building the optional engine and stand from the '68 Charger kit........ I'm not sure how I want the valve covers finished. They come chromed, or I could paint them black, but I was looking for other options..... Did the Hemi ever come with valve covers in something besides the choices I have? Maybe gold anodized or something? Bare aluminum?

Thanks, guys..........

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I've only ever seen the factory ones painted the same orange as the rest of the engine, chromed, or black (often wrinkle-black).

I don't know what is factory-correct.

Edited by Ace-Garageguy

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For a hemi 1966 and newer the only correct finish would be black wrinkle paint on the valve covers. The chrome you will see was for super stock option and have a different bolt pattern than the painted and are NOT interchangeible they were the 1965 type allowed when these cars ran ss, not stock

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49 minutes ago, BubbaBrown said:

For a hemi 1966 and newer the only correct finish would be black wrinkle paint on the valve covers. The chrome you will see was for super stock option and have a different bolt pattern than the painted and are NOT interchangeible they were the 1965 type allowed when these cars ran ss, not stock

Interesting and thanks for the info.

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Only the 1964-65 A864 and A990 Race Hemi had chromed or plain steel valve covers from the factory, most...if not all, of the 1966-forward Street Hemi's put in cars had  black wrinkle finish valve covers.
The Race Hemi has different head castings with straight ends and the Street Hemi heads has one end curved to allow for the optional power steering pump to fit, so the Race Hemi valve covers will not seal properly on Street Hemi heads as the straight end Race Hemi valve cover leaves a hole where the Street Hemi head curves , but the bolt parttern is the same.
The1967 RO23/WO23 and 1968 BO29/LO23 Race Hemi's were modified Street Hemi's and didn't have the same heads as the 64-5 Race Hemis, and I believe they were also delivered with black wrinkle finnish valve covers.
The aftermarket supplied other variants of valve covers for the Street Hemi, smooth steel, chromed, aluminum, anodized, single or dual plugs.

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12 hours ago, BubbaBrown said:

For a hemi 1966 and newer the only correct finish would be black wrinkle paint on the valve covers. The chrome you will see was for super stock option and have a different bolt pattern than the painted and are NOT interchangeible they were the 1965 type allowed when these cars ran ss, not stock

The engine is meant to represent a late '60s street engine, so I guess I would need to paint them black..........

Thanks, guys.....

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Back in the day, some guys with money went out and bought some of these.B)

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