I was asked to look for a 69 427 425 Hp timing cover for an individual that visits the site and found one for the 8" balancer, dowel holes and has the angle cut tab so to me that is right. He then asks what the date code on it is.I remembered seeing numbers like 145 69 on the timing tab of another cover but not this one. Is that the date code?? If not where do I look. I asked him and he didnot know. He also wants a set of dated valve covers which I have honestly never seen dates on.Are the BBC covers dated also.Thanks for the help.
I thought this would be a easy question. Someone must know. I gave up looking over the BBC valve covers since some are real clean and no dates anywhere.I don't think there are any dates on them. BBC Timing covers I think some may be dated but not sure.The 145 69 cover was a small block and that date was right in the center of the cover. Wish i knew where to look on the BBc ones.
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Joe, Some but not all are dated. I don't recall on the low horse covers as I never cared but at least the high horse covers that I have had similar to what you described for the solid lifter engines normally have date codes on them. They are usually found on the horizontal bar just above the timing tab and just to the right of the round center protrussion.
I think they are a Julian style so your date would read the 145th day of 1969 and normally these dates can be seen (post 69) with the engine installed. One I have in the shop says 15- and nothing more but I know that I have had others that also had a "70" on them. Hope this helps you. Rick
Thanks guys for the feedback. I looked at probally 30 BBC covers today like yours Steve all production engine stuff and some for sure were solid lifter 69 vintage. Not one date. I was pretty good back then in painting the engine year, displacement and HP on everything and some of these were maked 69 427 425 hp. No dates however but now that I have a target spot I will look again tomorrow.Looks like I dug them out for nothing and they will end up on e-bay.I won't mention any names but hope the guy requesting one reads this since I am not selling them for your offer of 20.00 each just because I cannot find a date. Oh boy. Thanks again for the help Joe
Before I started talking to you guys as long as it looked right and fit it was fine. Now I am into these crazy dated things. I don't have a wednesday one Tom but did find a 9 on one today where Rick told me to look nothing but a 9.Still learning is the key.