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 Author  Topic: Jerry did you guys buy yhis one?
  TED WALTHER

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https://bringatrailer.com/listing/packard-v12-marine-engine/


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The response pasted below from the auction comments indicates that the engine went to Fleet Obsolete:

"On behalf of Fleet Obsolete, (NFP) we are very pleased to have acquired this Packard V12 engine which will be used in our restoration of PT 48 (sole surviving 77’ Elco) and our other PT boats also.
Thanks, Robert Iannucci, Commandant"

I used to comment heavily on the Bring-A-Trailer (BaT) auction site. My area of expertise was the original Mini Coopers - which I have been building, driving and racing for over 55 years. As an engineer I usually commented on the technical aspects of the vehicles being auctioned. If the response to a comment was good (viewers can give comments a thumbs up) and I had more information, I would occasionally post multiple comments on the same auction. I really got carried away on this Packard engine auction due to the positive response and the fact that there was so much misinformation floating around concerning these engines. I probably made some mistakes and it's accepted practice on BaT to politely correct inaccurate statements. That wasn't the case here, but that's due to the relative obscurity of the item on auction. My comments are under the name S_M Minis, but there's little if anything there that the members of the PT Boat Forum don't already know. This Packard engine was likely my personal high score for total "thumbs up" received on one auction, well over 100.

I rarely visit BaT any more as the nature of the site has changed. Oddities like the Packard are rare, the emphasis has shifted to mega-bucks newer cars, and there is very little interest in technical information exchange. For now, I stay with The PT Boat Forum and several UK-based racing and Mini-focused sites where technical information, accuracy, and friendly conversation still dominate. But it was nice seeing this Packard auction again.







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  TED WALTHER

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Thanks Randy. Now all they have to do is start the restoration, it’s only been 12 years.
Take care,
TED


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  Jerry Gilmartin

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Hi Ted,
Our group at the PT658 currently has the 3 Packard 5M engines installed inside the boat, plus 4 more (one 5M and three 4M's) plus 4 extra cylinder banks and 1 block. These are located up in our pierside shed awaiting overhaul for future use. We have enough spares at this time to satisfy our needs. Thanks for keeping the lookout on our behalf!

Jerry

Jerry Gilmartin
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Portland OR

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Jerry, you can never have too many Packards can you? lol

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Park bench object on PT-515, actually held extra fuel in a rubber bladder to extend the boats range. Have seen these fitted to Ron 2-2 Higgins PT's operating for the OSS.

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Wayne Traxel

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  TED WALTHER

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Wayne;
Good to hear from you. You are correct, those were used to carry fuel bladders, making me think, the photo may have been taken around the time the boats had just completed Mason Dixon line duties. The fuel bladders were used so they could remain on station longer.
Take care,
TED


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