MEL Rocker Arms interchange with those on the FE Engine

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MEL Rocker Arms interchange with those on the FE Engine

Post by Theo » Fri 2. Jan 2009, 11:53

You can interchange the MEL rocker arms with those used on Ford FE engines. You can take great advantage of choosing from a wide variety of existing aftermarket rockers for these engines.
Someone has to chime in for the rest of the valve assembly. I can't really remember the details.

P.S. Off course the push rods have to be changed accordingly. Please read here for more details
viewtopic.php?f=52&t=568
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Re: MEL Rockers interchange with those on the FE Engine

Post by Beep » Wed 5. Aug 2009, 07:49

The FE rockers are in-fact the same as the MEL. However, only the rockers will interchange. Not the rocker shafts nor the shaft stands. The MEL shafts are a tad longer than the FE and the stands are shorter than the FE. My suggestion for performance applications is to find a set of FE "steel" stands or after market ones and have them machined down to be the same hieght as the MEL, This works good for me on the AA/Fuel Coupe.

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Re: MEL Rockers interchange with those on the FE Engine

Post by lincoln62 » Sun 27. Dec 2009, 17:36

I thought MEL rockers are 1.9 ratio. FE is 1.73. we did use FE adjustable rockers and MEL stands and shafts on our 430 dirt track car in the 60's.

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Re: MEL Rockers interchange with those on the FE Engine

Post by Theo » Sun 27. Dec 2009, 18:52

Yeah, the original adj. steel rocker are 1.76:1 ratio while those you can get from Harland Sharp are @ 1,73 and @ 1.8:1 ratio.
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Re: MEL Rockers interchange with those on the FE Engine

Post by Theo » Mon 28. Dec 2009, 03:05

Oh, I forgot to mention. The Harland Sharp rocker arms need extra space under the stock. valve covers of an FE.
That might be the case with stock MEL colors too. I haven't checked.
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Re: MEL Rockers interchange with those on the FE Engine

Post by Theo » Mon 28. Dec 2009, 03:12

Man, me again. Wrong link. Here are the correct ones.
http://www.harlandsharp.com/fe_ford.htm

http://www.harlandsharp.com/ford_nb.htm
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Re: MEL Rockers interchange with those on the FE Engine

Post by Theo » Fri 9. Apr 2010, 13:39

Beep wrote:The FE rockers are in-fact the same as the MEL. However, only the rockers will interchange. Not the rocker shafts nor the shaft stands. The MEL shafts are a tad longer than the FE and the stands are shorter than the FE. My suggestion for performance applications is to find a set of FE "steel" stands or after market ones and have them machined down to be the same hieght as the MEL, This works good for me on the AA/Fuel Coupe.
Brian, we took exact measurements of the MEL and FE stands. They are here
http://www.ford-mel-engine.com/viewtopic.php?f=29&t=517
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