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Post  slurm February 21st 2018, 4:20 pm

Rebuilding a 430 mel for a 63 Lincoln just got the rings on pistons than realized how the hell do i install the pistons? Do i buy a cheap compressor and cut it to fit the 10 degrees?
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Post  manofmerc February 25th 2018, 5:38 am

Slurm go to the fe technical forum There is a fellow Royce Belcher all he builds are MELs he would have some suggestions for you .Someone on the old fe forum would have some ideas as well .Good luck with the old iron ! Doug:afro:

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Post  slurm February 25th 2018, 3:16 pm

thank you for the direction, got one in using a couple of feeler gauges and a lot of patience. Thinking i should of open up the wedge part of the block a couple of thousands.
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Post  dfree383 March 29th 2018, 10:05 am

what you ever figure out? I'm curious how they are installed, never worked on one before.
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Post  slurm April 1st 2018, 9:22 pm

Used a band style installer. Put it on the piston with long sleeve down, tap on it lightly to seat against top of cylinder. Worked great
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Post  rmcomprandy April 2nd 2018, 1:27 pm

slurm wrote:Used a band style installer. Put it on the piston with long sleeve down, tap on it lightly to seat against top of cylinder. Worked great  

Yes ... the top angled deck was counterbored on the 430 I worked with so, there was a fine ledge for the band type ring compressor to butt against.

I don't know if all the MEL blocks were like that.

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