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M-E-L Valve Covers

Posted: Sat 18. Apr 2009, 13:07
by Theo
There is a variety of different valve cover colors and designs within the M-E-L period. Let's see what comes together in this thread.

Here's an overview originally postet by board member "Alphues"
alphues wrote:
Theo wrote:
I sold a pair of green valve covers on EBAY a few years ago. They had the word F O R D embossed on them. I can't remember where they came from. Did they belong to an Edsel or do the Edsel covers say E D S E L on top?
58 Edsels had E-400 on the 361-FE motor and E-475 on the 410-MEL motor valve covers

59 Edsels with the 332, 361 FE motors had "bald" valve covers

60 Edsels with the 352 FE motor also had "bald" valve covers

58-64 FORD with the 332, 352, 390 FE motors used valve covers with F O R D on them

58-60 T-bird with 352 FE motors used valve covers with F O R D on them

59-60 T-bird with 430 MEL motors used valve covers that were "bald"

61-64 T-bird with 390 FE motors used valve covers that had Thunderbird on them

61-62 Mercury with 352, 390 FE motors used valve covers with F O R D on them and were GREEN

63-64 mercury with 390 FE motors used valve covers that had Mercury on them

Note: the Edsel "bald" valve covers are getting hard to find because people chrome them and use them on the 406-427 FE Galaxies
Below Are Photos (Believed Origional And Correct) Of 1958 MERC SUPER MARAUDER Installation(s)- KULTULZ

1958 MERC Montclair Super_Marauder.png
1958 MERC 430CI 400HP SUPER MARAUDER 3 X 2
With Cast Aluminum Rocker Covers- MERC Specific
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1958 MERC_Super_Marauder.jpg
1958 MERC 430CI 400HP SUPER MARAUDER 3 X 2
With Brite Rocker Covers- MERC Specific
1958 MERC_Super_Marauder_2.png
1958 MERC 430CI 400HP SUPER MARAUDER 3 X 2
With Painted Rocker Covers- MERC Specific
1958 MERC_Super_Marauder_2.png (116.19 KiB) Viewed 6826 times
1958 MERC TPC 1_11.jpg
1958 MERC 430CI 360HP SUPER MARAUDER V8
1958 MERC TPC 1_11.jpg (35.64 KiB) Viewed 6787 times
1958 Linc_Super_Marauder .jpg
1958 LINC 430CI 400HP SUPER MARAUDER 3 X 2
Option W Brite Rocker Covers- LINC Specific
1958 Linc_Super_Marauder .jpg (69.75 KiB) Viewed 6827 times

Re: M-E-L Valve Covers

Posted: Sat 18. Apr 2009, 14:57
by KULTULZ
1958 CONT 430 Installation_2.jpg
1958 CONT 430
1958 CONT 430 Installation_2.jpg (27.88 KiB) Viewed 6816 times
1958 MERC 383 HI-TORQUE.jpg
1958 MERC 383 HI-TORQUE
1958 EDSEL E475.jpg
1958 EDSEL 410 E-475
1958 EDSEL E475.jpg (30.05 KiB) Viewed 6815 times
1962 LINC 430 2V Restoration_1.jpg
1962 LINC 430 2V
1963 LINC 430 Installation_3.jpg
1963 LINC 430 4V
1966 LINC 462 Installation_2.jpg
1966 LINC 462

Question of Correct Rocker Cover Color

Posted: Sun 19. Apr 2009, 00:05
by KULTULZ
There is a question in my mind as to whether this photo of a 430CI 400HP SUPER MARAUDER 3 X 2 Installation is authentic (correct) as it is displaying red rocker covers instead of gold covers that were issued on the 430CI 360HP 4V SUPER MARAUDER.
1958 MERC SUPER MARAUDER_1.jpg
1958 MERC SUPER MARAUDER_1.jpg (136.56 KiB) Viewed 6801 times
This is factory art showing the 430CI 400HP 3 X 2 SUPER MARAUDER 3 X 2 with gold covers-
1958 SUPER MARAUDER Illustration.jpg
Factory Art- May Be Authentic- May Not Be
It is hard to find either origional or dedicated restoration shots of an installation with painted rocker covers.

1959/1960 MEL THUNDERBIRD

Posted: Mon 20. Apr 2009, 03:58
by KULTULZ
The MEL 430 was also installed in 1959 and 1960 THUNDERBIRDS-

Re: M-E-L Valve Covers

Posted: Wed 3. Feb 2010, 13:41
by buddy67lincoln
Don't forget these..these are not stock but sure are sweet! Mooneyes finned aluminum...which by the way are being produced very very soon again by Moon using the original casts! Someone got Moon to make a deal with them that if they get 10 people interested or more they will cast them. These are vintage Moon valve covers in someone's T-Bird. Really sweet looking too! I have not come across any other aftermarket valve covers besides Moon but maybe Holmon/Moody had some in the MEL days???