PRI 2018: Melling’s New Billet Oil Pump For Circle Track Application

Melling Performance began life creating aftermarket oil pumps, and the company continues to refine and change the standard of lubrication supply. Quality has always been a core value to the manufacturer, even from the start, when George and Ben Melling opened the doors to the business.

Melling’s Cale Risinger showed us the latest in circle track oil pumps from the manufacturer. Knowing that the 1957 through 2004 V-8 Chevy is the dominant powerplant in most dirt circle-track racing, the company turned its attention to a lightweight – but tough – pump to supply these engines with lifeblood. What emerged from the design table was a billet aluminum, standard-volume performance oil-pump for 7-inch oil pans that are common in circle track racing.

The billet circle-track pump (Part #10055ST-700CT) is manufactured of a 6061-T6 lightweight billet aluminum for the housing and cover. The gears, which are the heart of the component, are billet steel, mounted on a 12550 chromoly intermediate driveshaft that operates within a steel guide.

Risinger showed us the Melling “exlusive Shark Tooth helical gears,” that are designed to reduce the phenomenon known as “torque ripple,” or pulsing oil pressure. The pump and drive is designed to enhance distributor operation by improving shaft and gear wear. The pump’s gear shaft extends into the pump cover for additional support to keep things aligned properly.

Built with an integrated pickup screen to pre-filter larger particles, the pump comes with optional pressure springs to increase or decrease the pressure by 10 psi. For more information on this new circle track oil pump by Melling, visit them online at Melling Performance.

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Bobby Kimbrough

Bobby grew up in the heart of Illinois, becoming an avid dirt track race fan which has developed into a life long passion. Taking a break from the Midwest dirt tracks to fight evil doers in the world, he completed a full 21 year career in the Marine Corps.
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