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 Author  Topic: PACKARD ENGINE PHOTO'S
Frank J Andruss Sr

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HI Guys

We decided at the last minute to take out the engine for an Engine Show. I pulled off the tarp, cleaned her up a bit, and she was wisked off to the Show. While in route to the Show, we were at the light, and a car was beeping at us to pull over. We pulled into the the safest place we could and lo and behold, out popped a gentlemen who said he almost had a heart atack when he saw the engine. I said why. He said because I worked at the Packard Plant making the darn things during the War!

It was nice to see this man's face light up as he told us about the engines and the a little about the asembly making them. We invited him to the Engine Show, but he never did show up. I gave him my card, so I hope to hear from him. By the way, the Packard Engine was a hit at the show. It seemed that anyone who was there was gathered around my engine. The day was a bit cool in the morning, but it warmed up in the afternoon. The biggest thing I heard all day was. "Boy these things were big", and holy cow, "three of them in one boat". I had some nice poster sized photos of PT Boats on the table, so it was great. I am glad my buddy talked me into going.


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Looks great! Those 1550HP Packards were a great upgrade. We got an extra 6-7 Knots at top peed. I had curves of speed vs. RPM that were supposedly generated by Elco, but we could not get curves for the new engines and were forced to draw our own. (The curves were absolutely necessary for dead reconing). The noise will be a problem. I suppose it would be impractical, but a second cart with mufflers and a tank of water would demonstrate the muffled cruising, butterflies, etc. and might make the operating display more acceptable. Anyway, I congratulate on the exhibit and your enthusiasm for accuracy.


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Looks great! Those 1550HP Packards were a great upgrade. We got an extra 6-7 Knots at top peed. I had curves of speed vs. RPM that were supposedly generated by Elco, but we could not get curves for the new engines and were forced to draw our own. (The curves were absolutely necessary for dead reconing). The noise will be a problem. I suppose it would be impractical, but a second cart with mufflers and a tank of water would demonstrate the muffled cruising, butterflies, etc. and might make the operating display more acceptable. Anyway, I congratulate on the exhibit and your enthusiasm for accuracy.


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I posted a reply a while ago but although my post is listed as accepted, it doesn't show up in the messages. So I'll do it again. Congratulations Frank, the engine looks great! We appreciate your dedication to accuracy and devotion to the PT service. Those 1550HP packards gave us a big boost in top speed of 6-7 knots. We couldn't get a new RPM vs Speed curve from Elco (had a devil of a time getting the original curve from them because the top speed was a military secret). Since such curves are absolutely necessary for dead reconing, we made our own.
The noise will be a problem for sure. Maybe you will have to add a trailer with mufflers and a tank of water...or as someone suggests, an 80 foot wood boat,,,
Anyway, thanks. the photos are awsome.


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