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  • #16
    MEL 430 Head bolts

    Bill, this might be the Forum that Gary was speaking of, though I do not see a MEL Marine Engine Forum on it as such.

    http://ford-mel-engine.com/

    There is an interesting thread regarding the 534 MEL as converted for marine use by Seamaster here.

    http://ford-mel-engine.com/viewtopic.php?f=17&t=122

    Or maybe this one might help.

    http://www.marineengine.com/boat-forum/

    but I think it is the first one, as I see that KULTULZ is on that one also.

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    • #17
      Originally posted by YellowRose View Post

      Bill, this might be the Forum that Gary was speaking of, though I do not see a MEL Marine Engine Forum on it as such.

      http://ford-mel-engine.com/
      I should have been more specific- http://ford-mel-engine.com/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=296

      Ask Chris Craft any marine engine questions.

      There is an interesting thread regarding the 534 MEL as converted for marine use by Seamaster here.

      http://ford-mel-engine.com/viewtopic.php?f=17&t=122

      Or maybe this one might help.

      http://www.marineengine.com/boat-forum/

      but I think it is the first one, as I see that KULTULZ is on that one also.
      The 534 was not a MEL, it was a member of the SUPER DUTY ENGINE FAMILY (401-477-534) (Med-Hvy Truck) introduced in 1958 also.

      I stopped going over there about a year or so ago.

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      • #18
        MEL 430 Head bolts

        Thanks for the full link, Gary. Maybe Bill will find the information he needs there. Yes, I saw that about the 534MEL not really being a MEL engine. I can see this coming... Someone will want to pop a 534 into their Tbird for more power!! We might need to create a new sub-forum.. "The 534 SDE Forum For Squarebirds"! Lol..

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        • #19
          The SD Series are huge brutes. They were the heavy truck gasoline engines before heavy diesel became the norm.

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          • #20
            add 10%

            There are better bolts than grade 8, some Ford bolts have 6 dashes on them. I figure Ford made the bolt to thier specs, not necasarilly grade 8???? Also, I always add 10% to the torque value specified, just the way I allow for cheap torque wrenches and used bolts. never install a bolt dry!!

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