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posted September 14, 2003 04:50 PM
My friend did that two weeks ago.
Went out for our heat and we went into the turn and there was a cloud of oily smoke.
Thought to myself man that ***** for them.
Came in after the heat and they had that "duh" look. They had just put the motor together and threw the valve covers on the wrong sides.

Found a cheap and effective baffle system for our car.
We took the stock valve covers and took a die grinder and ground out the hole in the PVC valve in the right cover till the baffle came out. We then drilled a hole in the left cover and welded the baffle in under the hole. We bought exaust pipe adapters and welded them over the holes to attach the breathers. Then we welded in a small peice to cover the old hole. Not as nice as some chrome covers you can buy but work very well.
and it cost us a whopping 2 bucks.

Jason Boivin

[This message has been edited by jay116 (edited September 14, 2003).]

posted September 14, 2003 09:20 PM
i took some old socks and balled them up and stuck them in the tubes before i put the breathers on one other way a buddy of mine does it is takes some radiator hoses and a couple peices of tubing and hooks the hoses on the valve cover tubes then runs them over to his front hoop bars zip ties it to the bars and then puts the breathers on

posted September 15, 2003 04:27 PM
I've seen a different approach to the old sock method - taling coarse steel wool and stuffing the breather tube - assuming that there is a baffle on the bottom of the tube - also might stry putting it in an old nylon sock - might be easier to pull out for oil-refilling.

I don't know why it happens either, but my 355 has done it as long as I can recall... If it started because of something it was soon after it was built... I don't worry about it anymore - it's been 4 seasons and never had a thing go wrong with it - just change the oil every 4-5 races.

- Brian

posted September 15, 2003 06:04 PM
i just use an old radiator hose and extend the breathers to the engine hoop

posted September 15, 2003 06:58 PM
brian not a good idea with the steel wool i have seen it before too but if you think about it what is steel wool used for it's an abrasive and if any came loose thats floating in the oil system bad news

posted September 16, 2003 09:22 AM
try the plastic dish scrubbers instead of steel wool.

posted September 16, 2003 10:21 AM
i use fuel cell great


posted September 16, 2003 11:28 PM
We are with tbird.....put the socks on the outsides of the breathers.

posted October 02, 2003 02:55 AM
I cut up a old air filter from a brigs.And put it in the tubes. worked great.

posted October 02, 2003 07:10 AM
by tubes on left side is that looking from the front or drivers seat. or to make it easy on driver side or paassenger side?? Just want to make sure.

posted October 02, 2003 09:37 AM
I am curious, do you guys have the oil filter adaptor releif valve plugged off. Reason I ask is I had a good amount of oil coming out of my breathers as most of you have stated, with the stock releif installed. The last two races I plugged off the releif and only had a very little bit of oil come out. I can deal the this amount just a little on my valve covers. Note I also run the fuel cell foam in my tubes. Also this was after a rebuild. My next race I will be taking a seasoned motor and running a plugged off adapter and I will see if I get the same results. I will post.

jhon hollomon
posted October 02, 2003 01:13 PM
You want the breather tubes on the drivers side of the motor which is the left side of the car just as you wouldn't call your right rear the left rear if you were standing in front. Hope this helps.

Just a little crazy!!!!!!

posted October 02, 2003 09:23 PM
How do you plug off the oil filter adapter relief?

posted October 03, 2003 06:00 AM
This is how it was explained to me to keep "left" and "right" side od engine straight. It is always referenced as if you were sitting in the drivers seat. Hope that helps.

posted October 03, 2003 11:21 AM
My little girls old socks work great, that is what we use. Just show you've got a little clarence. :-)

posted October 03, 2003 04:06 PM
Plugging off the releive valve is accomplished by taking a screw driver and knock off small retaining washer and remove the spring. Tap the hole and screw in a large set scrw. JR motorsports has a small description of the prceedure and a picture in the back of their catalog. It takes about 15 minutes to do.

posted October 07, 2003 11:40 PM
jegs sells a teflon plug made by perma-cool.for around $10.00

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