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Hey guys, Im new here as you can tell and I thought I would pop out a question. My friend and I were installing some Edelbrock valve covers for his '84 302 recently and whilst driving around afterwards we could smell burning oil. As i figured, oil spray was everywhere on the right side of the engine bay. I thought that the gaskets hadnt set right and we planed to reapply them the next morning. The next day we went out there to fix the problem and had noticed that the oil dipstick tubing wasnt connected to the oil pan, no problem I thought, I will just push it back in. Well I did and the vibration (normal) from the motor will just jiggle it out again. The tubing is still intact because it has the two notches towards the bottem of it, any help here?

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Your problem may be back preasure, not vibration. Di ya'll leave off any hoses while trying to make his engine pretty? I did this with a 351 Cl years ago and got BAD blow back....mine wasn't the dipstick but preasure will escape at the weakest point....his might happen to be easier to blow the dipstick out. So I guess the short version is...If ya left off any hoses that were coming out of the original covers and just plugged in those rubber gromets instead, I'd say thats the problem! :beer
 

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Hmm, now that I think about it we might have. What we did when installing his bling bling air filter was not hook up the emissions hose from the valve cover to the air filter. We plugged the valve cover cap hole. I have done this before without a problem so I didnt think it would be one now... :shrug. The reason we plugged it was because the hose leading from the valve cover to the air intake was rubbing on the throtle cable and was making the throtle stiff.
 

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wierd, the guy I got my truck from tore that bad boy out and I never knew something went there until a trip to the napa computer system started to spit out all these parts I never heard of.

so should I run a line from that valve cover to just under the air filter?

this is how mine looks now
 

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Well this is weird. My old friends 302 had chrome valve covers and he didnt have a hose hooked up to there, than again..it was a '73. I didnt think there would be much presure if any comming from that hose, I knew about minor fumes and all but dang. I guess we'll think of something! BTW, DeepSeaSnake what in the heck is that hose in the picture? Its a black hose from the left side of the block going over the valve cover and around to the steering pump, and has what looks like a filter in the middle... Never seen that before.
 

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One valve cover should have a pcv valve hooked up to engine vacuum on the intake manifold and the other valve cover should have a breather filter. The side with the pcv valve is keeping a slight vacuum on the crankcase and the breather filter is constantly filtering and letting in new air to replace what's being "sucked" in the intake. If you don't have it set up like this then your crankcase will maintain a positive pressure and blow out oil and possilbly other stuff.
 

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what in the heck is that hose in the picture? Its a black hose from the left side of the block going over the valve cover and around to the steering pump, and has what looks like a filter in the middle... Never seen that before
thats the fuel line, I had to replace the metal one because you couldnt blow through it anymore it was so ate up.

Umm Snake, I think you gots a wire running across your fan belt.... That engine compartment actualy looks kinda scary!
yeah that is the radio interfearance thing, its not hooked up.

I dont drive the truck because its so scary, I've been going over everything I can think of and am always suprised at all the crazyness the previous owner threw into this thing. but thats what you get for 600 bucks besides I bought to learn on and its definatley done its job in that respect :toothless

I'm really dreading the rewire job, I already bought a shit load of hardware to do it with but I dont like anything electrical.
 

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how do I know if the PCV is good?

here are some camera phone pics



is it supposed to be that bent up? and I think my new carb takes the PCV instead of the manifold, is there an issue w/ that? can I replace the hardline with some vac or fuel line?
 

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You can use fuel line. 2 things to do to check the pcv valve. Shake it and make sure you hear the ball rattling around in it, if not get a new one. Also with the pcv valve hooked up to vacuum and the motor running pull the pcv valve out of the valve cover grommet and put your finger over the end you should feel the vacuum sucking it to your finger, if not get a new one.
 
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