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How to get a valve cover cut?

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  1. n1mr0d

    n1mr0d Senior Member

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    Like the topic says. Does anyone know what tool is used to cut the valve cover on the B series cylinder heads? I want it so that the adjustable cam gears will be visible but the lip of the cover still comes down a little from the top. I'm doing a really poor job of describing what I want but if anyone understands what I’m looking to do and knows if a machine shop can readily do this please help me out.
     
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    I just used a dremil with the cut-off wheel
     
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    I want it to be exact and nice looking. I don't want to hack it up and spend 4 hours cutting it. I'd rather pay someone with the proper tool to do it then for me to botch it.
     
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    it took me 30 min. and looks really good, but thats cool that you want some one to do it for you. just take it to a machine shop and have them cut it
     
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    buy one pre-cut that looks nice :p

    lots of guys use a laser-etcher of some sort to do it.
     
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    the thing with doing it yourself is you need to take out small half circles at a time until you get to the apex of teh gear, so you dont "overcut" it.
     
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    where do you find a pre cut one online and got an idea of the cost to have it cut?
     
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    I used a chop saw- took 30 seconds. That's all. Use one to tune, then use one to drive.
     
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    yeah I would use a chop saw but I want the lip of the cover to stay. Useing a chop saw would elimiate the lip completely.
     
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    Nah- I cut mine close enough to just kill the one side of the cover. I still have the belt covered- just the gear faces are exposed. Unless you mean lip as in the entire face of metal that goes over the outside of the gears.
     
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    Yes. I want about a quater of an inch down from the top of lip overhang. I've seen it done and it has been suggested that you can buy them pre cut. But where?
     
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    People on eBay have them all the time.
     
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    i used a jig saw with a metal cutting blade took about 2 mins i snapped the blade off so that it was only sticking out of the jig saw about a 1/4 inch, then just lay the cover back on the car with the middle plastic cover missing you can see the bottom half of the gears make a template with paper of the circumference of the gears trace it on the cover, cut it and done.
     
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