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Bad lifters?? Melling.

Post  BBF4xFord on May 1st 2012, 11:53 am

Recently a freshening of a 460 engine the owner chose to use Melling lifters on a used Elgin camshaft (real small chevy grind).
The engine fired and ran perfectly I ran in the first 30 min, no problem, good oil pressure, etc, sounded ok, dropped to an idle and the valve train was ticking.
Tracked it down to the #8-intake pre-load was perfect pulled the lifter (no visible cam wear/damage)and it just did not feel right on the bench so replaced it with a Seal Power. That problem solved we could now hear another lifter ticking...
I haven't seen a bad lifter in years, but I haven't used Stock Replacement Auto Parts Store parts in a long time, is this an issue with Melling?

Thanks for looking.
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Re: Bad lifters?? Melling.

Post  dfree383 on May 1st 2012, 12:07 pm

There is only a couple of lifter manufactures in the USA
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Re: Bad lifters?? Melling.

Post  BBF4xFord on May 1st 2012, 12:21 pm

dfree383 wrote:There is only a couple of lifter manufactures in the USA

Fully understand that but figured that without a name it would be like saying my new lifter tics...
The first question would be what brand...

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Post  rmcomprandy on May 1st 2012, 5:42 pm

BBF4xFord wrote:Recently a freshening of a 460 engine the owner chose to use Melling lifters on a used Elgin camshaft (real small chevy grind).
The engine fired and ran perfectly I ran in the first 30 min, no problem, good oil pressure, etc, sounded ok, dropped to an idle and the valve train was ticking.
Tracked it down to the #8-intake pre-load was perfect pulled the lifter (no visible cam wear/damage)and it just did not feel right on the bench so replaced it with a Seal Power. That problem solved we could now hear another lifter ticking...
I haven't seen a bad lifter in years, but I haven't used Stock Replacement Auto Parts Store parts in a long time, is this an issue with Melling?

Thanks for looking.
Chris

Melling inexpensive OEM replacement lifter is probably from offshore somewhere.

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Post  cooter on May 2nd 2012, 7:53 pm

according to my machinist, melling lifters are made by the same company that makes lifters for GM, he says they are great lifters

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