VALVE COVER BRACKETS
Ibought a pair of stock smallblock “Power by Ford” valve covers at a swap meet for my 1969 Mustang’s 302 engine and they had these weird extenders on them. Was that to keep the plug wires from the exhaust? Is it original? Steve K. Fort Wayne, Indiana
The brackets are original, but not for your car. In 1968, Ford made those ignition wire extenders for a short time to keep the wires off of the externally mounted Thermactor tubes on some of the Cleveland foundry engine assemblies. These extenders were long, and they would crack the spot weld on the ignition wire mounts. Some early versions had a third spot welded down the side of the cover. Ford stopped using the extenders and began using a heat sleeve like they did on the FE engines. They were not used in 1969, but don’t throw them away— someone out there needs a set of those for their restoration!
These 1968 small-block valve covers have a pair of extenders mounted to the ignition wire holder mounts with small screws to allow the wires to avoid touching the Thermactor tubes. They were only used for a short time, as the mounts tended to crack. Some early versions had a mount that had a third spot weld down the side of the cover.