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Saw some pics of the three different Ford Racing valve covers offered by American Muscle and looked at some pics of engine bays of Mustangs where guys had installed them and fell in love with the Ford Racing Blue covers. To me the Ford Blue covers really makes the engine bay pop and I'm going to a car show in May so I figure why not.

Did my homework and found a great DYI thread with photos at one of the Mustang forums. Big thank you to the fella that posted those pics and instructions because it gave me the confidence I could do this project.

Removed all of the coils and connectors on the passenger side then removed the valve cover. Had to snake it though the wire harness but with a little patience it came off just fine.

Installed the passenger side Ford Racing valve cover by snaking it through the wire harness the same way the factory cover came out. Re-installed the coils and plugged everything back in and fired the car up and it sounded great and ran great. The reason I fired it up after installing only one valve cover was just to see if it was running properly after connecting everything back up on that side and since it was running great I knew if there were any problems after the installation was complete it was on the driver side of the motor.

Removed the driver side coils and then removed the valve cover and snaked it through the wire harness. Then I installed the Ford Racing valve cover and connected the coils and plugs and hooked up the wire harness. Fired the motor up and once again it was running great.

This installation went without a hitch. No frozen bolts, no snapped bolts or broken parts or problems. I love the fact the Ford Racing valve covers come with the gasket already seated in the covers and the necessary connecting necks and plastic inserts are on board and don't need to be removed from the factory valve covers and moved over to the new valve covers. The only thing I had to remove from the Driver side cover was the oil fill neck which was very easy and installed in the new covers with a simple twist.

I love the look of the blue covers. They really make the engine bay pop and for just under $300 they are a very nice upgrade. I could have pulled off the OEM covers and painted them blue and re installed them and that would have been a great upgrade too and an even bigger savings but I opted for the Ford Racing covers because they are powder coated and laser etched.

Took her for a test drive and she's purring like a kitten. No signs of any oil leaks or clearance problems. This was a fun project especially since I don't have a lift and I was able to do it standing up and the valve cover bolts are pretty easy to get to and the covers are pretty easy to get off.

I was taking my time and took a few breaks here and there to rest my back. It took me about 3 1/2 hours to complete the project and I'm glad I invested the time and money. I also bought the Ford Racing engine cover which really goes well with the new valve covers and makes a world of difference dressing up the engine and giving it a finished looks.

I've only had her out for a test drive since the install but so far I'm completely satisfied with the Ford Racing valve covers.
 

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Finally had a sunny day to get some pics of the cam covers and engine bay.
 

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Thanks guys. Seven months later I'm still thrilled with the upgrade. Lots of complements at the car shows this summer and I took home one trophy. Really easy mod and not too expensive for the powder coated Cam Covers. The Ford Racing Blue seem to pop a bit more in the engine bay than the black or chrome but they are all fantastic.

Saw a guy that used Mothers polish on his take off Cam Covers and shined them up so they were as nice as chrome. Saw another guy that bought some take offs cheap and painted them Ford Blue. They also looked good.
 

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It would have been cool to have as an option from the factory for painted covers. I have a wrinkle black set with a custom engraving. I dig your blue set!
 
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