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Old 11-16-2013, 05:16 PM
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Went ahead and got the polished valve cover installed today. We'll see how it holds up.



I was thinking of powdercoating the linkage bits, but there are some plastic bushings and fittings that are not removable, so I opted to just go with black paint. Did a valve adjust while I had things opened up and added a metal cap.

I may polish up the original one and then swap them each time I do a valve adjust.

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Went ahead and got the polished valve cover installed today. We'll see how it holds up.



I was thinking of powdercoating the linkage bits, but there are some plastic bushings and fittings that are not removable, so I opted to just go with black paint. Did a valve adjust while I had things opened up and added a metal cap.

I may polish up the original one and then swap them each time I do a valve adjust.
That is beautiful. Nice work!
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Beautiful engine bay. Looks like an 85 CA diesel, like mine, except my engine failed and I now have an 81 engine. Interesting air filter.

Perhaps you can easily answer a few questions to help me. I will install the 85 air can w/ custom hose to the turbo inlet (lower now) since I can't stand the 81 air cleaner vibrating. Did you plumb the blow-by overboard or does the hose circle back under the air filter? My 85 tee'd a tube direct to the turbo inlet (oil drops?) and a tube to inside the air filter (gases). I forgot if the 85 engine uses the smaller oil drain port (behind bigger turbo drain). If so, where does the tube go? I currently have the 81 tube that goes to the bottom of the "shaker air filter" (oil recovery box inside), but will cap off unless I need that port.
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Old 11-17-2013, 01:09 AM
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Beautiful engine bay. Looks like an 85 CA diesel, like mine, except my engine failed and I now have an 81 engine. Interesting air filter.

Perhaps you can easily answer a few questions to help me. I will install the 85 air can w/ custom hose to the turbo inlet (lower now) since I can't stand the 81 air cleaner vibrating. Did you plumb the blow-by overboard or does the hose circle back under the air filter? My 85 tee'd a tube direct to the turbo inlet (oil drops?) and a tube to inside the air filter (gases). I forgot if the 85 engine uses the smaller oil drain port (behind bigger turbo drain). If so, where does the tube go? I currently have the 81 tube that goes to the bottom of the "shaker air filter" (oil recovery box inside), but will cap off unless I need that port.
It is indeed an '85 diesel.

Here's a wider view that shows the setup of my blow-by system.



The valve cover vents into a custom catch can. (This is an early picture before I installed the new air cleaner and the brass overflow tank)



Here's a detail on how "clean" air returns to the turbo inlet at the back of the air filter.



Finally, on my swap, I'm using the "smooth" upper oil pan from an early 617 that has the drain port for the oil separator (the later pans do not have this), so I can have the catch can automatically drain back into the sump.



Hope that helps.

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