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Unread 11-05-2012, 12:29 PM   #1
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1980 CJ5 258 Valve Cover

Hello all. I am new to Jeep life. I just bought a 1980 CJ 5. The PO replaced the valve cover with what looks like a 81+ valve cover and epoxyed the gaps. Something I thought would be easy to fix by just changing it out for the correct part. Well as many of you may know, and now I know, finding this valve cover is like finding a needle in a haystack. Does anyone know of a place I can get one? I have been keeping an eye on e-bay, but so far no luck. If nothing else anyone have a better fix than epoxy to stop the oil leak?

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Unread 11-05-2012, 07:08 PM   #2
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I have a 258 valve cover that came off a 1980 that I am getting ready to put on eBay. Will send you a picture after the game tonight.
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Unread 11-05-2012, 07:17 PM   #3
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Educate a newbie: Was there a dramatic difference in valve covers between 258s of different years? I would've thought they were 1 size fits all....
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Unread 11-06-2012, 07:27 PM   #4
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You can also get a pre 81 chromed out one off amazon for less than $30 if you're into that type. The 80 and earlier models had curves on both sides of the valve cover. 81+ had a strait side on the passanger side while the drivers side still has the curves.
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Unread 11-06-2012, 09:15 PM   #5
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I have seen the cromed ones on amazon, but brand new for $30 I was skeptical on quality. Does anyone have any first hand experience with these?
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Unread 11-06-2012, 09:22 PM   #6
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Yeah sorry no personal experience. I have a stock one and chrome on the engine is not my cup of tea.
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Unread 11-06-2012, 09:54 PM   #7
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Hey, my experience is limited but here's what I can tell you. If you can go with a brand new valve cover then do it. Chrome, blue, black is all personal. As long as its flat and the holes where the screws go haven't been pulled in. If you do grab a used one put a stright edge on it, and pay close attention to the screw tabs. You get a good valve cover and you won't need the all the sealant.
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