Looking for a decent priced set of the thick valve cover plates used on 13 blocks. I have several of the .065"thickness, and one pitted thick .095" style. I'd like to find one more thick one, or 2 really nice thick ones.
Anyone know of the cutoff for the thick plates? My 13 is a late spring early summer build, about the time 14 parts started showing up (mine has 14 style latches). So if either thick or the thinner would work, I'll stick with my thin ones as they are in perfect shape.
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The early doors (up to 1917) were #13 ga. steel; starting around 1917 they were 20 ga. As I recall, the early ones were made from crankcase scrap, the later ones from fender scrap.
RV, so is Roddas book incorrect then? He says the .065 were 1914 to some specific year I cant remember, then became even thinner.
All the early engines I have came across have the thicker doors on them also!
All I know is, that's what Ford said. The earliest doors did have very distinctive, sharp "X" embossing, but by '14 that was starting to go away. I believe that my '14 has the thick doors with the less sharp embossing. Sometime before spring I'm going to pull the doors off to check the valve/lifter clearances, and I will measure the thickness then, but it's going to be awhile yet.
I think they changed the thickness at least four times.
Benji, I finally found them. I have 4 sets measuring .060 to .070. $40.00 per pair and $6.00 shipping. Kim
The thinner ones are difficult to get to seal. They distort when you try to snug up the nuts. I never knew that Ford made the thinner ones; I thought they were repops. My Model T education continues.
Still looking for the valve cover plates for my 13.