Melling Debuts “Shark” SBC Oil Pumps at PRI Show

mellingMelling has re-engineered the traditional small block Chevy oil pump with newly designed asymmetrical helical cut gears. Set to debut at the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) trade show in Indianapolis, the "Shark" pump offers smoother oil flow than a traditional spur gear oil pump along with reduced power requirements and higher volume. The pump still incorporates a cast iron housing that is now equipped with the all new steel helical cut gears.


Helical Asymmetrical Oil Pump Technology
R&D Code Name: "Shark Tooth Pump"

melling shark pump

Melling engineers improved the heart-beat of the traditional internal gear pump with significantly smoother flow through the use of a helical asymmetrical gear set. The new gear design provides the engine with improved oil flow without the usual pulsing found in traditional gear pumps. The reduction in the pressure ripple from the pump also provide benefits to the distributor and camshaft drives. Intermittent pulsing can affect precise engine timing via small amounts of spark scatter as the distributor and camshaft gears are jerked by the uneven pulsing. The new smoother flowing helical gear pumps significantly reduce this problem. Consider the following benefits.



  • Significant reduction in pressure ripple (pulsing)
  • Reduction in torque ripple in pump drive
  • Improved distributor operation with less spark scatter
  • Improved distributor gear & intermediate shaft wear


  • Improved sealing of gear tips to housing
  • Reduced internal leakage
  • Improved efficiency and performance


  • Increased inlet vacuum
  • Primes faster


The new pumps are set to go into production in January 2015 and should be available shortly thereafter. They will be offered in three configurations for Small Block V-8 Chevys.

STAGE 1 - Part # 10550ST & 10551ST

  • New cast iron housing and cover
  • 25% increase in volume over stock
  • 5/8" & 3/4" traditional press fit screens
  • Patented design

STAGE 2 - Part # 10552ST & 10555ST

  • New cast iron housing & cover
  • 10% & 25% increase in volume over stock
  • 3/4" traditional press fit and exclusive bolt-on screens
  • Patented design

STAGE 3 - Part # 10050ST-700CT & 10050ST-825SS

  • Billet aluminum pumps for circle track and street-strip
  • 6061-T6 coated billet aluminum housing and cover
  • 25% increase in volume over stock
  • Integral screen design
  • Patented design


Melling Engine Parts
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PO Box 1188
Jackson, MI 49204
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