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Cylinder Head 1988 and 1989 LX

While I was greasing around in the wrecking yard Monday I was pulling bits and pieces from a 1988 LX. I noticed the engine had cast aluminum valve covers and I think there were two or three center bolts that held the valve cover on. I have a 1989 LX and my valve covers have the usual sheet metal or "tin" covers. Why the difference? Are these two different types of cylinder head?

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Nope, but the late 80s/early 90s 5.0 motors all had cast aluminum. Far as I know, they all have the same number of bolts. 5, if memory serves. Prior to that, most had stamped steel covers except for some dealer (and factory installed) fancy ones for Cobras, Bosses, and such. Nothing to do with the heads, really - excepting the Cleveland type canted valves on the Boss 302 and 351 requiring a taller valve cover for clearance.

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