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by Chris Craft crazy
Sun 2. Oct 2011, 19:35
Forum: MEL Engine General Discussion
Topic: Another option for 430 pistons?
Replies: 6
Views: 1586

Re: Another option for 430 pistons?

It costs about 1400 bucks for a set of Wiseco custom pistons... so make your call.

I wouldn't buy spit from Bakers.
by Chris Craft crazy
Sun 2. Oct 2011, 19:32
Forum: MEL Engine General Discussion
Topic: Tri-power intake manifold value
Replies: 2
Views: 1175

Re: Tri-power intake manifold value

The price goes all over the place... a couple of years ago, intakes were going for about 400 dollars, then a year later, I saw one on ebay go for 1500 dollars.... I think a reasonable price is about 700 dollars or so, and the valve covers would be around 400 or so. That is my best guess. (cast alumi...
by Chris Craft crazy
Mon 26. Sep 2011, 18:50
Forum: MEL Engine General Discussion
Topic: Flat top pistons?
Replies: 8
Views: 1982

Re: Flat top pistons?

There are lots of rebuilds out there using flat top pistons. Most Lincoln parts suppliers offer flat top replacement pistons. The car will run fine, and unless you had the original engine makeup along side the flatty rebuild you might not even know the difference. Keep in mind, the flat top piston i...
by Chris Craft crazy
Fri 23. Sep 2011, 17:49
Forum: MEL Engine General Discussion
Topic: Flat top pistons?
Replies: 8
Views: 1982

Re: Flat top pistons?

It will not get better fuel mileage, and it will not develop any where near as much power. The engine will, however, run smoothly and not cause any problems.

Most rebuilds out there will be flat tops these days, but it isn't the right way.
by Chris Craft crazy
Thu 8. Sep 2011, 18:02
Forum: MEL Engine General Discussion
Topic: Oil pump
Replies: 7
Views: 1707

Re: Oil pump

Mahl/Clevite, TRW and Federal Mogul no longer make undersize bearings for the 430. This really complicates things, since they still make regular size bearings..... yet with a nodular iron crank, you can't chrome it to bring it back up to size, and the only other alternative is to either weld onto th...
by Chris Craft crazy
Wed 7. Sep 2011, 17:33
Forum: The MEL Engine Tripower Heaven
Topic: 58 Merc Park Lane Super Marauder -- Part VII Final Assembly
Replies: 11
Views: 5046

Re: 58 Merc Park Lane Super Marauder -- Part VII Final Assem

Dave, if you read through this section, you will find that what is being described is the original tripower package for the MEL 430 engine that propelled it to become the first production V8 engine to hit 400 horsepower. The numbers for the original manifold vary, but it would seem that less than 10...
by Chris Craft crazy
Sat 27. Aug 2011, 19:45
Forum: MEL Engine General Discussion
Topic: Re: Chris Craft 430ies
Replies: 122
Views: 34043

Re: Chris Craft 430ies

What was referred to as older 430's was true... Those are 430H's which used the older cooling system with just the twin impellor raw water pump, and no circulating pump. On the big Chris Craft cruisers that used the 430, they had some issues with keeping the engines cool, so they upped the water flo...
by Chris Craft crazy
Fri 5. Aug 2011, 16:47
Forum: Introduce Yourself and Show us Your Ride
Topic: Newbie
Replies: 2
Views: 572

Re: Newbie

Beauty car Ken.... :mrgreen:

I have used these guys for kits on older stuff, and they were great, and the kits very complete... reasonably priced too..

http://thecarburetorshop.com/
by Chris Craft crazy
Tue 2. Aug 2011, 19:25
Forum: MEL Engine General Discussion
Topic: Re: Chris Craft 430ies
Replies: 122
Views: 34043

Re: Chris Craft 430ies

I received my Harland sharp spacers, and a couple of needed to be cut down, so I chucked them up and took the difference off with my old Atlas metal lathe. Nice setup, and very simple.
by Chris Craft crazy
Sat 30. Jul 2011, 17:30
Forum: MEL Related History
Topic: New History Sectiom
Replies: 2
Views: 3190

Re: New History Sectiom

430 Lincoln Nascar.jpg Here is a 1959 'zipper top' thunderbird. These were modified by Holman Moody to run in the Nascar Convertible races that were popular at the time. This car was driven by Banjo Matthews. MEL 430 powered. This car would be similiar to the car Johnny Beauchamp ran at the first D...

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