"WARNING" Ford Racing Cast Aluminum Valve Covers "WARNING"
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    I've just went through 2 days of hell and want to send out this warning so no one else runs into this same problem. I changed my oil in my 347 stroker on Friday and found 2 little Philips head screws, one with the head sheared off, 9/32 X 1/4 stuck to the magnetic drain plug. With over $10,000 dollars invested in this engine and only 7200 miles on it, I had to find out where they came from. I called the engine builder and questioned him on the origin and he said that the baffles in the Road Race oil pans were held in place with small screws. So I had to drop the sub frame in my MGB to get the oil pan out. After getting the pan on the floor I foundall the screws were in place so the 2 screws came from somewhere else. I looked on the internet at the parts that are on this engine and found that the Ford Racing Cast Aluminum Valve covers use 4 little screws to hold the baffles in place under the breather hole and filler hole. I pulled the passenger side valve cover and found the baffle loose laying up against the valve springs but didn't find the 2 remaining screws that had fallen out. I'm in the process now of trying to locate the 2 missing screws. One more thing I did find was some nicks in the valve springs on number 8 cylinder which could cause the spring to fail and result in sucking a valve. I just thought I'd leave this here hopefully to help someone else out. If your running cast valve covers check the baffles at least by sticking a finger through the holes to see if they are loose. I'm going back down to the barn now to try and find those 2 other screws before they cause some catastrophic failure. Happy motoring, exfed

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    Awful find, but many thanks for sharing. Loctite to the rescue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by exfed12825 View Post
    I've just went through 2 days of hell and want to send out this warning so no one else runs into this same problem. I changed my oil in my 347 stroker on Friday and found 2 little Philips head screws, one with the head sheared off, 9/32 X 1/4 stuck to the magnetic drain plug. With over $10,000 dollars invested in this engine and only 7200 miles on it, I had to find out where they came from. I called the engine builder and questioned him on the origin and he said that the baffles in the Road Race oil pans were held in place with small screws. So I had to drop the sub frame in my MGB to get the oil pan out. After getting the pan on the floor I foundall the screws were in place so the 2 screws came from somewhere else. I looked on the internet at the parts that are on this engine and found that the Ford Racing Cast Aluminum Valve covers use 4 little screws to hold the baffles in place under the breather hole and filler hole. I pulled the passenger side valve cover and found the baffle loose laying up against the valve springs but didn't find the 2 remaining screws that had fallen out. I'm in the process now of trying to locate the 2 missing screws. One more thing I did find was some nicks in the valve springs on number 8 cylinder which could cause the spring to fail and result in sucking a valve. I just thought I'd leave this here hopefully to help someone else out. If your running cast valve covers check the baffles at least by sticking a finger through the holes to see if they are loose. I'm going back down to the barn now to try and find those 2 other screws before they cause some catastrophic failure. Happy motoring, exfed
    how about removing the baffles all together?
    are the baffles even needed?
    I removed my baffles to powdercoat the valve covers and now am thinking not to install them for fear of what you mentioned.

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    Without the baffles they will let oil escape out the breather. A baffled catch can can fix that if your using one.

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    So I guess I will loc tight the screws to be on the safe side. Thanks for the warning and help/ info.

    Thanks guys

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